(Yeah, that’s a terrible title. Sorry. It’s late, and I’m tired.)
I’m certainly don’t claim to be an expert in the area of book reviews, but I enjoy reading and writing book reviews and have learned a few things along the way.
Book reviews are touchy things…not only can they benefit the author, but they can gratefully influence prospective readers as well. A review can be the difference between someone buying or not buying a book. Here are a few key areas that I look for when reading and writing book reviews.
1. The Storyline.
How did you like the story? What particular aspects of the plot did you enjoy/appreciate? Was the plot predictable or full of twists? Did it keep you reading or were you having to make yourself read?
2. The Writing.
Was the writing style engaging or just so-so? Were there so many little misspellings, incorrect punctuation, and grammar mistakes that it drove you crazy?
3. The Characters.
How personable were the characters? Were they real? Did you feel like you knew them by the end of the book?
When I am reading reviews, I try to look for the aspects of the review that has these key items in them, as those are generally the most helpful. I want to know why somebody liked the book and what they liked about it…not just that it was absolutely amazing. :)
What about you? Do you like reading reviews? Writing them? I want to know!