When I first started blogging I didn't set out to review every book I read, I wanted a few of those books to be for pure pleasure. Of course, I still left a review on both Amazon and Goodreads it just wouldn't be as in depth as the one's I do for books I chose to review. But the more I read and the more I communicate with awesome authors and bloggers alike, I realized that a lot rides on a review.
One review can sway a person to read or not read a book!! That is a lot of pressure. And when it comes to reviewing a book that I love, a book that I really think people should read, a book that I got completely lost in I feel like the pressure is even higher. Now my blog doesn't exactly get overwhelmed with hits everyday, but I feel like my reviews need to be stellar for those that do visit my blog. I'm not saying I think my reviews are awesome or anything--far from it actually, my reviews need a lot of work. And with every review, I agonize over what to write.
How can I get my thoughts and feelings across to a reader without just saying this book is awesome, you should totally buy it? How do I take all the things that the book made me feel and put that on the screen? And not only that, but how do I say it in a way that is unique to me?
Then there is length. Is the length of the review a reflection of the thought and work put in by the blogger? If the review is short does it make it any less effective or good? Is the review any good? What will potential readers think? And the worst one of all, the one that kills me every time I write one, what will the author think? *heart palpitations* seriously every time.
You see all the things that I think about when I review a book?? And I am sure that I am not alone in this. I'm sure that every blogger out there agonizes over what to write in a review and how to write the review. Or maybe I am alone in this, but I seriously doubt it.
So the question I pose to you authors, bloggers, and readers--What makes a good review?
Maybe one day I won't agonize so much about reviewing a book, but I highly doubt it. I am a bit of a perfectionist, so I feel like I have accomplished something just by simply publishing my reviews. Or even this post!! The longer I think about what I am writing the more inclined I will be to change it or doubt the words.
I love writing reviews and I love blogging. People think I'm crazy for doing this for fun and maybe I am, but I can honestly say that if what I write on my blog moves even one person to buy a book, read a book, or even borrow a book I can honestly say that all my agonizing has been worth it. Supporting awesome books, great adventures, magical worlds and their completely amazing authors is why I do this. So if what I do supports them in any way my agony will not be in vain.
What about you, what makes you review a book? What makes you not review a book?
"Devouring worlds, one book and recipe at a time."