I just want to get some feedback about my review format! I really would appreciate your comments and please be as critical as possible! I promise you won’t hurt my feelings!
My blog’s two year anniversary (yay!) is at the end of the month and I’ve decided to reformat (slightly) how I write my reviews.
So far I’ve decided to include specific image card “conclusions” at the end of my posts that summarize my thoughts on a series as well “Read if You Like/ Avoid if You” statements. (This will be available for reviews posted in May onwards). I was reading over my reviews and I found that I never really stated whether or not you should actually read the series–and while reading is completely subjective sometimes it helps to have a definitive answer. (You can see what I am talking about here)
But what I’m looking to get some input for is how my actual review is written.
Right now, I breakdown the stats for the book/series–and I plan on keeping that–and then I do a thoughts section where I explain why liked or why I didn’t like a series. For series, I try to flow through the series in the order of publication. I write a little bit on book 1, then 2 and so on. (See an example here)
What I want to know: is that general thoughts section helpful?
Would it be more helpful for you as a reader to have a more broken down review with some subheadings?
For example (and these are subject to change):
- My expectations for the book/why I picked it up
- My thoughts on the Plot
- My thoughts on the Characters
- My Thoughts on the Romance (if applicable)
- My Expectations for the rest of the series (if applicable)
And then end with a general conclusion?
So what type of review format would be more helpful for you when deciding to read a series:
1) a general review of each book without subheadings? or
2) specific subheadings that highlight aspects of the book and me commenting on those aspects?
Any comments and/or suggestions would be appreciated! I write these reviews for my readers so I want to make sure they are meeting the needs of book lovers! Thank you!