Thursday Talks: How Do I Review Books?

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Lately, I’ve been asked by some new bloggers about reviewing books, and they also asked for any tips or advice that I could give to them. I am not really a great reviewer like the others because sometimes there are points that I forgot to discuss on my reviews and sometimes, I think my reviews really lack something which I don’t even know what it is. But, since it wouldn’t hurt me to try helping my fellow bloggers, especially the new ones, I am here trying to discuss how I do my book reviews.

After reading a book, I either write my review already or take a rest first. It really depends on how writing affects me and my mood. If I think writing it already is the best way, then I go for it, but if I feel no words would ever appear on my mind, I take a rest and just wait for time to let those words I needed to come. I never force myself to write book reviews if I know that my head will only hurt for trying to make one so. Instead, I find time to relax, and I clear my mind of other things before I start writing the review.

No matter what I choose to do first, I ALWAYS write notes about whatever comes to my mind about the story. It might be a short sentence or a few words to just summarize what the story is all about. As long as it could give you something to explain, it’s okay. To provide you with a view of what kind of notes I’m writing, see what’s written below:

  • This book starts with the action, but it failed to introduce the story in the first chapter.
  • This is amazing! I just feel the adrenaline moving in my veins! The characters can really affect me!
  • The plot is super good.
  • The writing style is making me sleepy.
  • The changes in the voice helped me more in visualizing the story.

Then use those notes in doing your review. Organize them first on how you want your review to be structured before expanding or explaining each one on the records. By structure, what I mean is do you want to start your discussion with a short recap of what the story is all about. Then followed by what you think about the story, what do you like or dislike about it, and will you recommend this book or do you want it to start with how you feel about the book then followed by anything how you want it to be written? After doing that, I expand or explain each note especially on the part as to why I like or dislike the story or some elements from it like the characters, the plot, the writing style, the voice used in the story, the world-building, etc. Actually, you can expand or explain them first before organizing them into a complete review, but it’s up to you on how you’ll do it.

If you’re done, just polish and check your review for possible errors in either grammar or spellings. Also make sure that you never attack the author in case it is a negative review because you are reviewing the book, not the author, okay? Another thing to remember is to avoid any spoilers or if you really want to have it on your review, please limit what you’ll say there or use a spoiler tag to cover the part where spoilers will be shown and just let the readers click it if they want to see it. One more is to never ever lie in your reviews and always make sure that you’re HONEST on it. Never write reviews that would just make the publisher or the author happy and like you. The last one is to make your own voice and style when writing the review, it’s okay to copy the other bloggers’ way of writing the review if you’re a newbie but having your own where you can write it comfortably will be much more relaxed and fantastic for you.

There you have it! You can now write your own book reviews! Thanks for reading this!

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For my fellow bloggers, do you have any tips when writing book reviews?

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7 thoughts on “Thursday Talks: How Do I Review Books?

    • I’m not that organized yet with my reviewing style (just getting there I think) 😁 Well, taking notes is not applicable for some readers but whenever I feel happy, sad, angry, or frustrated on the story/characters, those notes helps on calming me or else I might end up daydreaming or dnf-ing the book. 😆


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