This weeks topic is ‘What do you look for in a review’, which is an interesting topic! I love reading reviews where you can really see someone’s love (or hate) for a book! I’m just going to go through the questions mentioned with the topic!
Formatting wise I really like it when the review is split in paragraphs, sometimes it is too hard to read if it is one big piece of text! And that also makes it easier to find what I want to see. I’m more interested in seeing what people think about the plot then the characters. So I always like it if I can easily find that part!
I love it when people use photo’s in their reviews. I’m personally not a big fan of the use of GIFs! I know they really can show someone’s reaction to certain parts, but the movements are so distracting. But I feel like I’m in the minority here!
Personally I do really like it if reviews have star ratings. I know it is very subjective, my 3 star rating probably means something totally else to another reader. But if a book gets a 2 star rating or a 5 star rating, it will quickly give you an idea if the review is going to be positive or more negative!
A question is how long a good review must be. I have a hard time answering this one, because when I write a review they are very different lengths. Sometimes it is very easy to write down my thoughts shortly, but sometimes I just need lots of text to explain why I did or did not like a book! I don’t like reviews to be too overly long, but that is just me losing focus at some point haha! Honestly, there is not a limit to how long a review should be. Sometimes I read very long reviews, but I just love reading the excitement of the reviewer!
Last question ‘How effective are the reviews in convincing you to pick up the book’, which is a really good one haha! I think most of the reviews that I read are for books that I was already interested in, so I was already planning on picking it up. Hard to judge if I picked it up sooner. But there are definitely books that I never heard of before and have now read because of reviews! One book that I’m planning to buy soon is ‘The shadow of what was lost’, and I don’t think I would if it was not for the reviews I have read!
And of course there are books that I was doubting about, and when I then see someone with a similar reading taste disliking the books, I often delete it from my TBR (on GoodReads)!