Thursday, March 15, 2012

Wednesday Wonderings (11) - What is a good review?


Happy Wednesday!

Today I would like to write about reviews. As you might know I have a survey and giveaway running at the moment and I took some time today to read the responses I have received so far. First of all, I would love to say big big thank you to all the people who have filled it! So, while reading your responses (78 so far), I got many thoughts about reviews.

What makes a review to a very good review is my question today?

I read book reviews very often and therefore I would love to give you some ideas what I enjoy. I love when reviews are thorough and detailed, because it gives me an understanding if the reader enjoyed the reviewed book.

I am not talking about the rating, but about the way the reader is describing the reading experience. I believe, that HOW the review is written shows much more than the rating. If the review is captivating and written with some kind of emotion, then I am more likely to read the book. When I say emotion, I do not mean ugly words or stupid and angry statements, but the fact itself, what kind of feelings did the book raise in the reader. I consider that interesting.

I personally love detailed reviews and I do not mind if the details of the review have spoilers in it. I am little different from the people who have answered my survey - I like spoilers, at least some spoilers  which will intrigue me and catch my interest. Many readers dislike spoilers, but my curiosity definitely increases when I can get some information about something interesting about the book. P.S. Detailed for me does not mean that the review contains all the story and also the ending! :)

Review should contain brief overview of the plot and story.

That is a must for me when I read reviews. If there is no information about the plot, then I am probably not reading the review to its end. The reason to read reviews for me is to get besides the likes and dislikes also some information about the book. I want to know what the main storyline is before I make the decision if I want to read the book or not. Only rating does not mean anything, these are only numbers to me.

Characters are important!

I truly enjoy reading reviews which also describe the main characters. I believe that characters can make a very good plot into an average reading and can make an average plot into fascinating reading.

Last, but not least, I would love to see some kind of summing up in the review.

I guess that the above mentioned things are also the reason the way I write reviews.

So, what do you think? What makes a review to a very good review for you? What would you like to see in a review when you read it? Let me know and I do understand that you might have different opinions and it is absolutely fine! :)

Happy reading!



5 comments:

  1. Thanks for this post. I love these blogs posts that keep it open for a discussion. I've been trying to improve my reviews and any bits of advice help. Definitely appreciate it!

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    1. Hi Cassandra,

      Thank you. What do you include in your reviews?

      Thanks for coming by and commenting.

      inga

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  2. I don't like reading reviews that are too detailed. I always try to keep my reviews between 200 and 300 and give a little summary from my point of view. I talk about characters and what I liked about them, usually only if they were already mentioned in the book's blurb.

    Basically, I want to influence whether people read a story but I don't want to lay it all out for them. When a review gives too much I feel like it just takes away from the excitement when I do get a chance to read the book.

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    1. Hi Candance,
      I agree with you on the point that review should not give everything away. Do you mean 200-300 words or characters?

      Thanks for coming by and commenting!

      inga

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  3. I am always eager to discuss reviewing as I try to review each book that I read and I am influenced to read a book based on reviews. I appreciate when a reviewer gives their blurb on the book (lets face it sometimes the publisher blurbs don't give us enough or they give the wrong impression), I like a quick bit about how they felt about the book over all, and then I like a break down of what they thought of the plot, the characters, the pacing, or anything else that stood out like points of view or if it ends on a cliff hanger. If the book is disappointing or wonderful, I like to know exactly why because I might or might now find that a reason for not liking or liking the book.

    Thanks for asking our opinion. Glad to learn your opinion too.

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