Tips for Reviewing Books

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. When you start out reviewing books it can be a little tricky to know where to start, so today I am sharing some tips to writing reviews. I’m not an expert and I still have plenty of room for improvement but I do have a few tips to share. I’ve had this blog for 3 years now and I post reviews every Friday, so I’ve written quite a few reviews. Obviously you can write your reviews however you want; these are just some tips that may help you if you are new to blogging or feeling a bit uninspired. Let’s get started.

  • Find your own writing style. Some like to write reviews in quite a chatty style, while others prefer a more formal writing style. It all depends on how you choose to write.
  • Be constructive with your criticism. Don’t just trash a book – give reasons as to what didn’t work for you while being respectful to the author.
  • Organise your review into sections, such as writing, plot, characters etc. This way you can create a checklist of these sections so when you are writing you won’t miss anything out.
  • Write the review soon after you finish the book so its fresh in your mind. If it helps make notes while your reading so you can refer back to them when you write the review.
  • Do not worry about the length of your reviews. Some people will post long reviews, others will post short ones. The length is totally up to you. 
  • Try to avoid spoilers or make it clear that the review will contain spoilers.
  • If you are feeling a bit uninspired, read other reviews on Goodreads or other blogs. This may help you organise your thoughts, but do not copy anything.
  • Proofread your review for any spelling or grammar mistakes etc.

Everyone will write their reviews differently. There is no set way to write them – it’s up to you to decide how you want to do it but hopefully these tips will help you decide. Have I missed any tips? I’d love to know if you have any others. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.
Pippa


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