Tell Me Something Tuesday was hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings, but she has (temporarily?) stopped blogging. So a group of us that had been doing posts (Linda from Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell, Karen from For What It’s Worth, Roberta from Offbeat YA, Jen from That’s What I’m Talking About and me) decided to get together, come up with some more topics and keep the meme going.Michelle made us a logo and we’re off and running. For more details, check out this post where I reintroduced the meme.
I can be sporadic, but when I do join in I will always share next week’s topic at the end of the post. So, today is about…
How do you approach writing reviews?
I’ve gone through different approaches over the years, but most my reviews these days follow the same format:
- My Top Thoughts: A quick overview of what I thought of the book.
- What I liked/didn’t like: I make this about the key elements of the book – characters, plot, mystery, suspense, etc.
- Narrator Thoughts: When it’s an audiobook, I give a quick review of the narration as well.
I sometimes veer away from this general outline when a book strikes me in a certain way, but this seems to be the way I’m most comfortable reviewing.
This year I’ve really tried to stick to my goal/resolution of writing reviews the same day as I finish a book and before I pick up another one (in that format… so between audiobooks, for example). I write my reviews in Goodreads first and then when I publish them on the blog I make minor edits.