When it comes to writing reviews, I GOT OPINIONS (does this surprise anyone?). There is nothing that I hate more than going on to Goodreads, seeing a review for a book I want to read, and either I can’t read any of it because it is all spoilers or they literally say nothing that a reader really needs to know about the book. I sat down and made a list of things I try to cover when I write reviews, so here goes nothing.
- DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, WRITE THE SYNOPSIS ON THE BACK OF THE BOOK. Oh my God, this gets on my absolute nerves. Make it personal. Maybe what the author thought was most important out of the book isn’t what you took away as the reader. I also don’t want to read 3 reviews that are all phrased exactly the same way. AND Goodreads posts the synopsis. We are in 2019 people, have your own mind and your own thoughts. Okay, PSA over. But truly, make your review your own.
- Write about what you like and what you don’t like. You don’t have to completely degrade a book you hate (at least I hope I never have done that), but don’t be afraid to give your opinion. That’s the whole point of writing a review. Just be confident in your ability as the reader, and people will respect your review. It’s that simple.
- If you are going to give spoilers INDICATE IT. I am not about writing a review and giving spoilers. I do everything I can to be as vague as possible so I don’t ruin the story. With that being said, sometimes you have to give a spoiler in order to say your opinion. That’s totally fine, just let the reader know that “hey, btw, this is a spoiler” so that the reader can decide if they want to read that opinion or not.
- Be honest. Nobody wants your review if you aren’t being honest. I don’t care if I am being paid a million dollars for a review, I would rather keep my integrity than give you all a recommendation to read something I don’t stand behind.
I hope this helps someone live out their dreams as much as it has helped me live out mine. If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And as always, I will see you all in the next book!