Does Every Review Have to be Long?

 

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19 thoughts on “Does Every Review Have to be Long?

  1. Sometimes I want to read a review but if its really really long I’ll probably just skim it. The “You’ll like this if” is definitely a good idea! If you don’t really have the time to go into extensive detail then I would say do whatever works for you. My review vary on the book but usually will contain spoilers and I go into detail only about the things that I think are important (which can sometimes lead to a mini rant) Either way, there are pros and cons to both so I think you should do whatever you’re most comfortable with

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    • I love the mini-rants! Even if they’re spoiler based. If I know I won’t be reading a book, or if I don’t care a whole lot about it, I don’t mind spoilers at all, but reviews based on spoilers are fun to read, especially if it’s a low star book. Thanks for visiting!

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  2. I am currently holding a survey on my blog and one of my questions was “what kinds of reviews do you like reading most?” and there were a lot that chose the options “dot point form” and “mini reviews”. I guess they’re more direct and cut to the chase? I dunno, I’ve personally always loved reading in depth reviews, though of course mini reviews are easier to write lol. Very interesting question!

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    • Thanks for the input! I figured most bloggers would like shorter reviews because I imagine a lot of the time, reading reviews is more about commenting on a blog to get views than it is about actually reading the review, sadly, so it makes sense that people would like them shorter. Honestly, I like all forms of review!

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  3. Less wordy is what I prefer. I loved your recent post with the mini’s. I tend to get a little chatty with some of my reviews, but that usually happens more when I am complaining. I really just need to know that a fellow blogger liked it or didn’t and the basics of why.

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  4. I think it’s all personal preference as a reviewer I have a hard time writing short reviews as usually there is so much that I want to write, but if I write a short review and have nothing more to say I am okay with that as well, it jsut doesn’t happen often. I don’t read as fast and review a book once I finished it, so I don’t often run into the problem of having too many reviews to write. As a blog reader I like both the longer and the shorter reviews. I don’t really mind the lenght. I think as a blogger you should write your reviews the lenght that works best for you. As you mentioned I think there is an audience for every review style. I usually like most different review style that I’ve seen so far, although I do prefer reviews without spoilers unless it’s clearly mentioned.

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    • Yeah, I almost never put spoilers in my reviews. Actually, I’m going to review Firsts soon and that will be the first review I’ll have posted with significant spoilers. I also don’t usually read books fast enough to have too many for review, but I went on a long blogging hiatus and read a lot of books in that time, so I do now. Too bad I can’t make a habit of it! Thanks for visiting!

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  5. I’m terrible at this because I like reading short reviews, but I WRITE MEGA LONG ONES. XD And I feel a bit bad about it! But apparently once you get me started about a book, I’m so not likely to stop any time soon. hehe. But I do like bullet-point list reviews and mini reviews and I like reviews that get straight to talking about the goods and bads of a book. *nods* I use my star-ratings as the overall “I don’t want to read the review, I just wanna know what rating she gives it” in case people prefer that. OH. And someone once requested the “if you like this you might like that” so I do have that in my review section now!! I also think those kind of things are handy because if you’ve read one of the books I’m recommending “For fans of” then you get a vague idea of what the reviewed book is like too!

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    • Yeah!! And those “you’ll like it if” sections are good for when you’re new to a blog and don’t know if you’ll like the same books as that blogger. Also a good way to tell if you’re going to like a certain hype book or now. I don’t mind the long reviews on your blog at all, though! Often because of the gifs. I really need to learn how to use gifs.

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    • Yeah, I didn’t want to say it but I know that’s the case. It’s sad, considering the work that goes into some reviews, but I do agree it’s better to keep it short. People want a general gist when they’re not looking for a book discussion. I like to read long reviews mostly on books I’ve already read to see what other people thought of them.

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      • Oh, it’s not only with book reviews. I hope I didn’t offend you. But I find in all posts across all blogs, you find comments & more profound thoughts on shorter posts. The reality is people don’t have the time to read everything on every blog. With short & sweet you have abetter chance to have your entire message read. I keep my posts under 300 words. But I write poetry and fiction so that is easy for me. I enjoy reading your. I find you review differently than others. Just keep your stuff fresh and you will always have your following.

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      • You didn’t offend me at all! Actually, it’s refreshing to have someone that speaks the truth about people paying more attention to the short posts because of tl;dr, because in all honesty, I think it’s something everyone does. And haha, I didn’t know my blog was any different than others! I thought I was just another generic reviewer =P But thanks!

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      • No, you are not a generic reviewer. Your blog offers more than reviews. I like that you give the old fashion stars. I think in one review I read before the holidays you even spoke reviedwed the characters. You have posts about the saddest death or something like that. I found you unique. If you like, I will visit and read some of the other stuff you have that aren’t directly book reviews. I found them to be interesting topics I want to read..

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