Thinking About… Review Length

Posted August 27th, 2013 by in Uncategorized / 4 comments

The Grass is Always Greener by Jen Calonita


Thinking About… Review Length

I have been thinking about this for  a while. Every single time I write a review in fact. I read a book and have many things to say about it but then I sit down and it seems like I can’t start. What happened to all those things I wanted to write? I start to think “Oh, great! This is going to be the shortest review I have ever written” 🙁 Eventually it comes to me though and once I’m done I stare at my review and think “wow, I probably just wrote way too much. Who in the world is going to read all of this?” Despite this thought I am usually pretty happy with my reviews and I save them to post.

Lately though I’ve been thinking more about how long I can sometimes make my reviews and if they really need to be as long as they end up being. Does it need every single thing I wrote? I don’t know. Maybe I shouldn’t care about the length but I know really long reviews can be time consuming to read (thanks to all of you that make it through my long ones!) Most people probably want something they can read through quick that is still helpful. I write reviews because I like to share my thoughts with other book lovers so obviously I want to write them as best I can for all of you and myself. Because of this I have a few questions for you all.

When you open up a review does the length of the review impact whether you are going to read that review or not? Can a review really be too short or long?

When you go to read a review what is it that you want to know most about the book?

Besides spoilers what do you not want to know about the book from the review? What kind of things have you read in reviews that you think could really just be left unmentioned?

Thanks for your input!




4 Responses to “Thinking About… Review Length”

  1. Stephanie @ Once Upon a Chapter

    It really depends on that first paragraph. After that I will start to skim the review. If there are more points that catch my interest, I’ll go back to the top and start again. If I’ve read the book, I’ll read the whole review from start to finish.

    I want to know how the reviewer felt about the book. I don’t need to know what happened in the book, I can read a synopsis anywhere but what I can’t get from anyone but the reviewer is their thoughts. 🙂

    I kind of answered that one above. I don’t need a rehashed book synopsis. I connect with the person writing the review.

    I have to say that I will only read a review if it’s a book that hasn’t been on my radar or if I’ve read it. Otherwise I’m afraid it will influence my review too much.

  2. Deb

    I Usually follow a guideline when writing a review and since I read ebooks I just refer back to my notes & highlights I’ve made in the book for writing the review…. I always try to make my opening paragraph an eye catcher… then I go onto characters, pacing, highs and lows, climax, and whatever else… who cares how long it is… as long as you cover what needs to be covered to convey your point!!! <3 ya chica!!!

  3. Bianca

    I like physical copies of books but it is so much easier to review ebooks sometimes because of the whole taking notes. I like to highlight a jot down notes on my nook.

    Thanks! I guess that is true. I write what I feel needs to be written then once I am done I can’t bring myself to delete anything.

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