Today I thought I would deconstruct my review process. I do pretty much the same review for every book I read. The exceptions are the BSC books that I read for my nostalgia project.
A blogger I used to follow once mentioned in a blog post that she keeps her paragraphs to less than six lines so that reading her posts weren’t overwhelming. I immediately adopted this method of blogging. It isn’t a strict rule but I try to keep my paragraphs manageable. I read a lot on my phone and big chunks of text can seem daunting.
1st Section – Introduction – I always introduce the title and author of the book I’m reviewing. I also mention why I read the book. Was it for fun? To meet a specific goal/challenge? Series continuation? If it’s an ARC review, why did I agree to review it?
2nd Section (Can sometimes be multiple paragraphs) – Character Analysis – How did I feel about the characters? Did I like them, hate them, or not feel anything about them? I am a pretty character driven reader so to me this is one of the most important aspects of the book. If I don’t like the characters I don’t care what they are doing.
If there are two main characters I’ll spend a paragraph each talking about how I felt about them. Sometimes I’ll do the main character in one paragraph and talk about the secondary characters in a follow up paragraph.
3rd Section (Can sometimes be multiple paragraphs) – Plot Analysis – This is where I will spend a paragraph or two talking about the plot of the book. I generally do not include spoilers in my reviews. If I do include them they are well marked.
The only time a plot can come before the characters in my personal order of importance is a mystery. I don’t like having a mystery figured out three chapters in. I don’t mind if I do figure it out but it will still be the plot that can make or break a mystery for me.
4th Section – Closing – Am I happy I read this book? I’ll close out my reviews talking bout my feelings on the book overall. A lot of times I’ll mention if I’ll be seeking out the author’s back list or if I’ll be looking for the next book published by the author.