For as long as I’ve been writing reviews, I’ve tried to make them as in-depth as possible. I’ve tried to get out all the thoughts I’ve had while reading that I could form together to work cohesively towards one general point.
But now I’m wondering: is that necessary?
Recently, I wrote my first batch of mini-reviews, due to the fact that I had too many book to review and too little time. Today I was planning to write another batch, and I was thinking how much nicer it is to write them. Mini-reviews don’t require any sort of orchestration or deep consideration- I just write what I think. But wait.. isn’t that what a review IS? Or is supposed to be, at least?
So, what it really comes down to is what YOU, as a reader of blogs, think.
Do you want long reviews with a lot of information to form a decision about a book, or are you ok with something short and sweet- just general thoughts? Do you like lists? Paragraphs? Blurbs? Do you want spoilers, or avoid them like the plague? There are so many ways to review, and that’s one of the things I love about blogging. Everyone has their own preference as to what they like to read, but the blog community is so large that I’ve realized EVERY style of possible review is going to appeal to SOMEONE. For example, I’ve been thinking about a “you’ll like this book if..” section. Such as, “You’ll like this book if you like strong female characters, light romances, love triangles, amazing world-building, etc..” I think it’s a great nod to the tl;dr’s, and can help people decide whether or not they’d want to read a book. So in the end, long, in-depth reviews are nice, but maybe they’re just not my thing.
So what do you think? What sort of reviews do you like the best? How do you write YOUR reviews? Leave your thoughts in the comments section and, as always, thanks for visiting!