Tuesday Talk- Reviews and What We Want Part 1

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Today’s Tuesday Talk had me thinking about book reviews and what exactly do we (being the reader) look for in a review.

To jump this week off, I want to ask two things:

1- What it is you look for or want to see when reading a book review?
2- What do you HATE seeing in a book review?

As a book reviewer, I often wonder if I am giving you want you want. I’m really interested to see your thoughts on this. Please leave a comment below with what you want to see and hate seeing in reviews. Later this week I will write part two of this post with everyones answers ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks ahead of time for your responses ๐Ÿ™‚

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19 thoughts on “Tuesday Talk- Reviews and What We Want Part 1

  1. Intriguing topic. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I hate seeing spoilers in reviews! If the review actually says it contains spoilers then that’s fine, it wouldbe my choice to read or not to read the review but what really annoys me is when reviews don’t tell you they have major spoilers in them, you start reading and before you know it the books main storyline has been spoiled, it happened to me a few times on Amazon and for small plot lines it’s OK but when it’s the major story arc it made me not bother reading the actual book as the ending had been spoiled.

    So, what I really like to see is a note saying if the review contains spoilers or not at the start of the review.

    What I also like in a book review is harder to say, that perhaps sounds stupid as I review books myself! But I guess, the main thing I look for is does the reviewer think the book is worth reading and if so why.

    I only started my blog a month ago and have thought to if I’m giving reviews people want to read!

    I do think however that a review shouldbe personal to whoever is writing it and as bloggers/reviewers we all have are own unique style which is what makes each blog are own.

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  2. I hate it when reviews are bland. I want reviewers to state their facts strongly and give strong reasons for it. I hate it when a review says that they didn’t like something and then say “I don’t really know why” and I want a review to be filled with emotions. If you hated a book let me read and feel that hate and vice versa. It makes for an interesting read.

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    • I struggle with that when I write reviews. Not every time, but many times, the review feels bland, even when I really liked a book, and I’m not sure how to fix it.

      Do you have any suggestions for how I can avoid this? I thought about taking notes as I read (about my emotional response at different points in the story). Do you think that would be useful?

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      • Well we don’t think we can qualify to answer your question cause we feel that our reviews are lacking too…

        But whatever, we’re going to throw a few points we apply.
        -Do take notes. Sometimes if I’m too lazy to take physical notes, I take mental notes in my head to give myself pointers when I’m writing the review. I don’t note my emotional response but the actual event and then I recall how I felt about it- to me that’s better because it gives me a view of the bigger picture.
        -Timing. Again with the bigger picture. With some books, writing reviews immediately after you’re done reading is good because you’re still reeling from the impact but it’s always good to go back after a day or two and see if your ramblings make any sense and evaluate the book from a non emotional state. Same with bad books because then it becomes clearer what you didn’t like and not just hate on the book as a whole.
        -Question yourself. When you’re writing the review, ask yourself why, all the time. Why did I like it, why didn’t I like it, and why everything.

        Something else that I personally think I’m shit at- writing for the reader. I find that I write for myself, so my reviews are mostly a collection of my thoughts catered towards me and people who have already read the book. Obviously that’s not what a review is about- a review is for people who are looking to see if they should read said book. So, still working on that.

        Also, I don’t write my reviews in order(?), I write whatever stream of thought I catch and then piece the whole thing together.

        I’m going to go disappear now because I’m no professional and I’m quite shit at reviews. Bye.

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      • Thanks so much for the advice, and taking the time to respond! I really appreciate it. I’m going to save this, so I can reread it occasionally. I think this will help me a lot as I review in the future. Waiting a day or so to post the review might be a good idea for me to start putting into practice. I might be more satisfied with what I’ve said, if I didn’t post it immediately after I’ve double checked it.

        Just had a quick browse of your blog, and I have to say I enjoy your reviewing style. It has a nice, conversational flow… it felt like a chat had with a friend/friends who love to read. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. You just spoke up what I wanted to know!
    I myself started writing reviews since a few days!
    I really hate it when the review has spoilers. Come on! I wanted to know what you felt about it, if I wanted to know about the story I would rather just read the book or log on to wikipedia and have a look!
    Another this I feel weird is when a review begins with the summary of the book. I prefer to know how and why you even chose the book and then know the brief summary and your feelings.
    I like it when the reviewer types down his / her personal feelings into the blog! Thats the main reason I read a review ; to know what you felt about it

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    • Interesting, and good to know. Do you mean the actual book summary from the book, or the blogger giving their own summary? I always put up a summary from the book prior to my review, and many times my review consists of my own summary (sometimes similar to the official one, sometimes not) as well. I’ve been puzzling out how to change this on my reviews, because it feels very clunky to me.

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      • I meant the actual book summary behind a book.

        It seems a bit distracting and weird having the actual summary in the beginning especially when it begins with publishers and release dates and number of pages.

        Sometimes people just give up pretty good books just by looking at the size of it, while on the other hand if they like the review or anything of that sort , people do pretty much make up their minds, so the probability of reading a book increases when details are given in the last.!

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  4. What I look for in a review is something that will persuade me to read the book. Enough detail to entice, but nor enough to spoil. (I’m still trying to figure out how to do that in my own reviews.)

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  5. I didn’t realize you did Tuesday Talks…I totally didn’t mean to steal from you!

    Anyway, I like this prompt. As a reader, I don’t enjoy reading reviews with spoilers unless I’ve already read the book (I love seeing what other people think of the books I have read). So really I just want a warning either way.

    I prefer reviews to have some sort of structure. I want to know what the reviewer thought of the plot, of the characters, and of the writing but I also want to be able to find that information easily.

    I want to know specifics. I want to know why the reviewer didn’t like the author’s writing or whatever. I know that sometimes it can be hard to pinpoint, but I’d like to know whether or not that writing style would be something I’d enjoy or hate.

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