FF #12 – Writing Reviews

Posted May 21, 2015 by Lillian in Features / 23 Comments

feature&follow-friday-logoFeature & Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee @ Parajunkee’s View and Alison @ Alison Can Read. Each week the two hosts post a question for Book Bloggers to answer, provide a link-up, and choose a participant to feature on their blogs. If you participate, the point is to follow others and in return gain followers.

Welcome to this week’s edition of Feature & Follow! I’m Lillian in case you didn’t know that already 😉 I started blogging a year ago and it has been a fun and crazy year! I read pretty much anything that is placed in front of me, I’m a bit of a cover snob, and I tend to gravitate to young adult fiction. Why young adult? Well, it’s usually a cleaner read than adult fiction, there’s plenty of action/suspense, and who can resist a romance about first love?!

My blog features whatever I happen to be in the mood to read. I’ve had some fun interviews with authors and characters and hope to do more in the very near future. Please join me in some bookish adventures. You can follow via Bloglovin or anyway you choose 😀

This week’s questions is: “How do you write your reviews?” – Suggested by Blue Books and Butterflies 

I can honestly say that I have no system for writing my reviews. Sometimes I can write a review in ten minutes and it be funny and gif-filled, other times (a majority of the time) it takes me a few hours to write a good one.

Mostly I try to give a straight-from-the-heart review. Meaning that I don’t look at grammar (unless it’s completely atrocious) or editing issues in any given book because that’s not my expertise. My expertise is good books 😀 So when I write my review I focus on everything that made a book good for me. I write a lot about the characters because if they aren’t good then I usually won’t read a book.

I don’t write a lot about the bad in a book unless something really put me off. I might mention that there’s a lot of curse words or sex scenes as a head up for minors. If the editing/grammar is just atrocious (I read a lot of indie) then I’ll mention it, but if the story is good usually this doesn’t bother me and I forget about it in my review. Does that make sense?

I try to write my reviews within a day or two of reading the book so it’s fresh on my mind, but that doesn’t always happen. Life of a mom 😜 Like right now I have 11 reviews to write which is really stressing me out!

How do you write your reviews? Any tips for me?



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23 responses to “FF #12 – Writing Reviews

    • I’ve knocked a few out. I guess technically I don’t HAVE to review them all because some of them are library books, but I like to review what I read 😉

    • I think that’s my problem too! I’m very much a perfectionist when it comes to writing. It’s why I’ll probably never publish any of my stories 😉 It’s hard enough blogging about other people’s writing!

  1. Thank you for the comment and the follow! 🙂

    I have to say that bad editing, grammar mistakes or weird language/wording to the extent that even I, as a non-native notices them, usually puts me off a lot and it’s usually -1 Start already 😀
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