I'm trying to revamp my review posts, and see how I can make them better. One thing I am focusing on is the content I provide other than the review itself. I currently list the publisher's name, genre, publication date, and a synopsis. I also include a picture of the cover, and a content warning if there is any swearing, drinking, or sex in the book.
I am considering adding things like links to buy the book and a link the the author's website. Are there any other things I should consider? What do you feel is important to include, besides the review itself? Why?
I do pretty much the same thing. I wrote mine down on an index card so I don't forget & am consistent in the format.
Picture of cover
Ages (for Children's books) or Genre (for adult books)
ISBN (in case someone wants to search online for different prices or formats)
B&N link (usually just to the print copy, sometimes I'll do a Nook link too)
Amazon link (usually just the print copy, sometimes the Kindle link)
Where we got the book (ex. library, author, publisher, bought it)
Then, I do a synopsis - either one of my own or copy it from Goodreads or elsewhere (in which case I say where it's from)
Then I just give my thoughts. I usually try not to give the book away, but this is where I'll say what I really feel. If it's a Children's book, then we also write what our daughters think about the book underneath my thoughts.
If you want to take a look at my blog, it's Bookworm Family. We just started it a few weeks ago, so I wasn't sure what to do at first either. I just decided to on an order & how I want to do it & this is what's working for me so far. It may change in the future, but I'm hoping to keep the same format.
format is as follows:
About: - short description of 1-2 sentences, page number, publisher, ISBN
Rating - 1 line
Links to the book on Amazon & book depository
Thoughts: what I thought about the book
Links to the book on Amazon & book depository
I like the idea of including info about where to buy the book. Readers will appreciate it. I recently wrote a post about this very subject: 10 Tips for Writing a Book Review. (I'm a writing teacher with a lot of opinions on what makes a quality review or evaluation of a product). It sounds like you are already on the right track, but maybe this will help, too.
Thanks and best of luck!
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Great ideas! I really like the idea of including the ISBN; I hadn't thought of it, but I can see how it would be helpful. I'll also be including links to places to buy the books, but I need to decide on two or three places (don't want to overwhelm anyone with so many options). I'm thinking My local bookstore, B&N, & Amazon.
@MisGOP Thanks for that link! I'm on my way to check it out. :)
Thanks for helping!
I always include:
Summary with link to amazon
I was just thinking of how to revamp my reviews as well. I want to give everyone as much information as possible, yet not be too overwhelming. There are some great ideas listed here! Thanks for the link Miss GOP, I am bookmarking it to keep handy!
First Published Date
Format I read it in (hardcover, paperback, eBook, etc)
And a picture. I people are less inclined to read reviews where the blogger doesn't post a picture of the cover of the book.
As for the actual content, besides my thoughts about why or why not I thought a book was good, I also try to include how I discovered the book (from a friend, a website, Goodreads, etc).
I don't do this myself personally, but I know a blogger (acquaintance) who includes links to other reviews of the same book, so if the reader wants to check out other reviews, they can. She provides a little snippet and a link. I really like this idea of her's but I don't think I have the patience to do it myself, haha.
I include the following in my reviews:
Page Count (or file size if it's a digital book and that's the only information available)
FTC Declaration (I say Copy for review provided by _____ in anticipation of an honest review)
I include details that would make it easier for folks to find the book if they want to buy it, put it on hold at the library, etc. I also am an Amazon Associate so the image of the book cover goes to the Amazon page if possible.
Then I do a 50 word summary of the book in my own words. I'm using canned synopses right now as a part of the huge giveaway carnival I'm doing all through July to save time, but I plan on going back to 50 words or less come August.
Historically, I've also assigned a letter grade to each book. I'm not sure if I'll keep doing this or not once the carnival is over in August- I think it's helpful to have a quick way for readers to see if the review is positive or negative but a more visual way might work better. I still have to think about this one.
Here's the format we use on the Copperfield Review:
3. Page count--it it's a paperback
5. # of quills awarded out of 5
Our reviewers write their own synopsis based on their reading of the book--usually about a paragraph--and then they write another paragraph or two with their thoughts about the book. I think the most important thing you can include is your honest opinion. Some reviewers include links to book trailers.
You're welcome to take a look at the reviews page of The Copperfield Review at www.copperfieldreview.com. Mainly, you should have fun doing it. That's the most important thing.