Being an avid reader, I love books. I'm always seeing things over the internet about how one of the best ways to help authors and other book readers is to review books. I never though about this until about halfway through my first blogging year. One thing I do believe though is that I can grow my reviews to be something that rivals Jenny In Neverland's (because hers are epic). But for now, here's what I do.
To begin with I need the title and author. I usually have these in the blog image and header as that is what readers look for first. I should add the genre in too but I ALWAYS forget that.
Next I write a short paragraph on my thoughts for the title, cover and blurb. I'm a big book cover judger so if it doesn't draw me in I don't even think about looking at the blurb. It doesn't have to be the most fantastic cover I've ever seen, just good enough to peak my interest to grab the book and turn it to the back. Next it's down to the blurb. Who want's to read a story if the blurb doesn't scream it at you? It's got to make you want to read the book (something I am completely struggling with for my own book).
Following that I give my overall reaction to the book. I find this is the best way to summarise how the story made me feel, how much I enjoyed it, and what it's about. I try and get really into it and write my likes and dislikes of the story, characters and any other part I can think of. Ending with whether I would recommend the book, along with my rating and links to all appropriate locations on the interweb.
I also created this worksheet to help. Head on over to the library to grab your copy!
Do you write book reviews? How do you write them? Let me know in the comments!