TGIF: Writing Reviews 101

Writing Reviews 101: What’s your process for writing book reviews? Any tips or suggestions you would recommend to other bloggers?

Actually, I wrote myself some guidelines a while back. I had noticed that some of my reviews were getting a little off track. I would just gush about a book I really loved. Sometimes, I would have the hardest time remembering what to write in a review because the book blew me away or because it was unremarkable. So I sat and thought about what kinds of things I look for when I read reviews. What makes me think “I want to read that” when I’m reading someone’s review. I made this sort of checklist and it works pretty well. I don’t talk about everything on it in all my reviews. I only talk about what strikes me in a book, but it helps when I’m trying to get started with one. Seriously though, without this system I would put off reviews for ages.

Basically, I make sure to include information about how strong and complex the characters are, how gripping the plot is, how engaging the writing is (sometimes), and, in the case of audiobooks, how I liked the narrator. Sometimes, I throw in a few other things. You can check out the whole system here.

What’s your system?

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  1. I think it's great that you've figured out what you want to read in a review and have applied it into your own. I'm hoping to do something similar and become a lot more organized about my reviews 🙂

  2. Wow. That's very detailed. I'll admit, I'm kinda sort of jealous, because I could never work with a check list like that. Then I would put off writing the review, because I'd feel crappy if I couldn't hit all, or at least most of the points to my satisfaction. New Follower, Here's PiF's!

  3. That is quite the system. I don't know if I'm always a fan of cover art discussion…I think I've stopped noticing as much because of all the digital books I read. And I never really take the time to match the cover to the actual story (though I know that's a huge pet peeve of a lot of people)I will say that a good cover can catch my attention. But beyond love at first sight…I don't spend a lot of analytical thought on it.


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