Discussion Post: Book Reviews | Their impact within the community & How I write them ðŸ“

⚡️ Hi guys, I hope you’re having an AMAZING day, full of good readings! 💞 Today we’ll do something different that I’ve promised myself to start doing this year and those are “Discussion Posts”, I love checking out this type of posts around the blogosphere, so I think it could be fun to start writing them myself and share with you so we can all talk about different topics related to the literary world, books & blogging. In the past I’ve felt kind of insecure about doing this because English isn’t my first language and something in my mind was afraid that my concepts wouldn’t be understood correctly, you know? But you know what? I stop being afraid this 2020 and I’m really encouraging and daring to new things, I also feel much more confident with my writing and I know that you’ll understand me, so it really shouldn’t be a problem. 🥰 

So with all this said, this time we’re going to talk about Book Reviews! I thought that the best way to start was by talking about something I’m passionate about and obviously that’s talking about the books I read. Not only do I want to share what the reviews mean to me and how they should impact on people, but I’ll also leave you some tips on how I structure and write my reviews, I’m not an expert, but I think it will be fun to share our different techniques and maybe I can be helpful if you just started.  🤓 

Now without further ado, let’s start & thank you SO much for the incredible support of each day!⚡️ 

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I LOVE book reviews, that’s all lol … I think that reviews not only help us when deciding whether to read a book or not but they also have the power to convey many feelings that can easily reach people who read it, which is wonderful. For me, it’s an incredible way to express your thoughts but also what the book made you feel, both good and bad and so then the reader can decide if wants to also experience some of that.

That’s why you have to be super careful in your opinion when you write a review because it has the power to raise up a book and make other people want to read it or else they can sink down the book and make you never want to hear about it again. Either way, the review is the key, ALWAYS.

I know we all love those super fun reviews when a book is bad, right? in fact, they’re the most popular reviews on Goodreads, but at the same time, you have to be very careful because we have to remember that there’s a person, who is the author, behind that work that has probably been years dedicated to the construction of that story, that’s why although we have 100% the right to talk about all our opinions openly and without fear, we must also be cautious and aware of our words and how we decided to use them. Cause, of course, WORDS HAVE POWER.

This leads me to: Book reviews are only for readers? Yes, absolutely. I’ve heard countless people talk about this issue, especially when there’s a lot of repercussions about a review, mostly negative and the authors come out to complain about them. There has been a very recent case about this situation, and the author was super aggressive with a couple of readers who had reviewed her book and had expressed that they didn’t like it (respectfully actually), which is in ALL their right, so the situation was super unpleasant, ends up with a lot of people blocked and a very aggressive author who didn’t really know how to handle the situation.

But in summary, I think that going the right way is always being honest about what you write and especially when you’re giving your opinion about something, in this case, books.

For me, reviews are a great source of information and passion about a book and even if they’re negative or positive reviews, it will always be interesting for me to know them and also express my opinions, to be able to share our identity as readers, what we like and what we don’t, and even have the power and the tools to be able to warn about trigger situations on book so that other people know it’s super-valuable, as well as sharing small details such as representations and diversity that can attract the right audience for that reading. It’s powerful and it’s magical to share our words and we should be grateful to have the right to express ourselves so freely from the quality of our homes from where we reach hundreds and thousands of people. Reviews should be more valuable within the community because not only do they take time to write, but they’re also sources of great help that readers turn to when choosing their next readings. So I want to finish this section by thanking each reviewer out there who takes his time to express his honest thoughts about what he reads. That’s why I started blogging and I still love it

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I think that book reviews within the community have been falling apart a bit, this is my personal opinion, of course, but I feel that many book bloggers even many that I love and respect have stopped writing them because the little impact and the less amount of visits that kind of post have, which is a real shame.
I know that one has to think about what’s best for your blog and I fully understand that, but if you really have something to say I think you can only win by sharing it instead of losing. I’m a huge review defender, I know, but I just feel bad that people who are really good writing them stop doing it because people stopped reading them, I understand both sides, though.

I’m not saying that you should read reviews of each book that appears in front of you, that would be quite impossible, but I think it would be nice to have that option at least in case you wanted to read it a certain book. On the other hand, and for my beloved book bloggers/reviewers, I don’t think it’s necessary to write a review of each book you read, but do it when you feel it because it’s there when the magic happens, right? And also, you don’t need your review to be 300 pages long, you know? It can express your clear thoughts and reaching the important points in a single paragraph or maybe even with a single sentence. That’s a review as well because definitive is to put your thoughts in words, simple as that, but I know it sounds complex sometimes. Personally, my reviews are super long but because I’m a very sentimental reviewer lol, and I also really have a huge pleasure writing them, at no time for me it’s an obligation or something that I do because I feel I should, but I do it because it makes me happy and also I LOVE to share opinions with you. Maybe you haven’t read the book and my review makes you want to do it or maybe my review makes you discover that it’s not really the book for you, which is also great! because so many books and so little time, right? LOL

I know bloggers who decide to do mini-reviews format, which I LOVE and I’m 100% on board, I think it’s a simple and fast way to know someone’s thoughts about a book when you don’t have much time to read a full review & also It’s much more practical for the reviewer.
I’ll tell you and share with you a little about my own review structure later, so you can see that I also think of those readers who just want to know the important thing about each book that I review in just a small paragraph.

Then we have those reviewers who in fact review for themselves and, on the one hand, I feel part of them too because I do it to read it again but in my case, there’s a great passion to share within me, which shouldn’t always have to be there. There are people who love to write their opinions for themselves in case that in the future they want to know again what they thought exactly about certain readings, and that’s super valid, as well! In fact, you don’t even have to publish that review for the public, it can be something that you keep for yourself and it’s a great way to refresh your thoughts in the future. Especially when it comes to reading sequels.

So in summary, I think that reviews within the community have a big impact even though they may not be as popular as they used to be. I believe that there’s a huge responsibility on the part of the reviewers to share and create for disposition of who needs to know more about that book & the reader, more or less frequently, will always end up needing that second opinion or that important information about the book and they’ll find if they’re interested, because is there to be discovered, you know?. There’s a give and take in all this, so all my respects to my beloved book reviewers and also to those who still consume them and wish to see more.

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I’m doing this as a list to show you part by part all my steps to write my reviews and what structures and tools I use. I want to share this with you in case you’re curious and I hope it can be useful in some way or perhaps give you new ideas. I think it’s a great opportunity to talk about what techniques you use and share them for a bit of inspiration and help each other

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  • Taking Notes

This is curious because it’s not something I’ve always done, actually, at the beginning I was much more relaxed about it and just read and then wrote my reviews, you know? and there’s nothing wrong with it, I just discovered that taking notes could handle important information and even remember things I wanted to talk about.
I’ve always had a very special technique in my mind, of which I’ll tell you more about later, but taking notes has saved me many times when writing my reviews. They give me a lot of security when writing, they’re a great support, so I really recommend doing it, especially when you want to develop a more detailed review of the book or maybe you find yourself with a specific thing you want to talk about more, then it’s a solid technique to organize and not have to be stressed then trying to remember things.
I take my notes while I read and use Trello for this since I discovered the page, I LOVE it and I’ve downloaded the app to be able to take the notes from my cell phone, I find it super useful and it’s very easy to use.
What I do personally, is always to start with the names of the characters, and I know that sounds silly maybe, but I’m very bad to remember names lol, I’m very good with faces, though, but with names? It’s just not my thing, so I start writing every name that appears and then as I read I write a little about them, who are they? What’s their role in the plot? What do I personally think about them? Then I continue with other types of important information, that I’ll also talk about next and, very important, I write my feelings as I read, especially when I have strong feelings about a certain situation, I love to write it down, so as not to forget how I felt and this always manages to make me relive each scene very well and then talk about it. It’s like a little technique to remember through feelings, and it always works for me.
Then, when writing my review, I sit on my computer with my cell phone next to me and I go point by point looking at my notes and develop each of my ideas.

Important Tip: I don’t write much in my notes as such, but I write keywords or short sentences that will remind me of what I want to talk more in-depth.

  • The Structure & My Writing Process

When I sit down to write my reviews I have a few steps to follow and a way to build my reviews, so that not only is the process of writing them easier for me but also for you to read them.
I always divide them into parts and they’re always the same important points, which I think may be of interest and I can also expand on each one.

  • Small Short Summary: I give a brief summary of my feelings as such, along with a bit of information about each important point to highlight.
  • Synopsis/Blurb: Even though I include the synopsis of each book in my reviews, on the side of the cover, I like to explain it with my own words again in my reviews and I do this as an opening that will open my ideas, but also because sometimes I think the synopsis of the books themselves are confusing or give too much information, in that case, I think it’s better to have it with my own words.
  • About the Plot: Then I talk about the plot, what is it about? what is it focused on? What do it want to share? and obviously how I felt about it.
  • The Writing Style: Then I like to give a short paragraph about the writing style of the author, I think this is important because it can give you an idea of ​​what you’ll find and how I felt with the book-paced and its complexity or lack of.
  • The Characters: This is one of my favorite points, I LOVE to talk a lot about each character, I like to talk about their personality and how they develop within the plot, without spoilers, but trying to give a more expanded vision of what role they have within the plot and what impact they have had on me.
  • The World Building or Setting: Then I like to talk about where the plot develops, how many places do we know? If we move a lot during the book or are we always in the same place? Is it atmospheric? Do I feel that you really want to be there or has a lack of construction? Especially when it’s a fantasy, I really like to give details of the place so you can teleport there.
  • Romance: I like to speak, briefly, on romance because I know it can be a very important point for a lot and it’s interesting to talk a little if the story has it and how it’s handled.
  • The Ending: Obviously, I like to give a part to the outcome of the stories, but I always face it from a place of my own feelings, whether I liked it or not and those things, without spoilers, and without giving too many details.
  • A Summary of all my Thoughts & Recommendation: I like to end up giving a summary that, unlike the summary of the beginning, is much more detailed and I go to the point, followed by whether I recommend the book or not, and to what kind of people it’s directed.
    I LOVE to dedicate this last paragraph and recommend it to those who don’t have much time to read the entire review so that you have a clear idea of ​​what I want to express.

I usually like to order all these points depending on my enjoyment for each of them, so I start with my favorite points and end up mentioning the negatives or those that I personally didn’t like for “x” reason.
I really like to add gifs & quotes, I think they give life to the review and can make the process of reading it much more entertaining and light.

Important Tip: I recommend, and this is something that I started doing recently, adding “Trigger Warnings” if necessary, as well as highlight “Representation/Diversity” if there’s one.

  • Putting myself in the Reader’s Place

This is something that I think helps me a lot to improve every day with respect to my reviews and is the simple fact of re-reading everything you have written. I call it putting myself in the reader’s place because I want to live it as if it wasn’t me who wrote it, you know? and I start thinking if it’s something that I would be interested in reading or what more things could be of importance, as well as if it contributes something to the world or it’s simply myself talking about my feelings, which happens to me a lot lol. But I think it’s an important step to follow, it’s to stop a second and really read what you write to enter on another type of mental state and then feel more secure when making changes, adding or removing things, and then finally publish it.

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Thank you in advance for ALL the infinite support you give me. I really hope this has been helpful for you in some way & that, of course, you enjoyed it ❤️ 

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 🌿 Now, is the time to Chat!: Tell me everything you think about the reviews: Do you like writing them? Do you usually consume them? Do you have any kind of structure when creating them? 🌿 

Feel free to leave your comment below, I always love to know what you think

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74 thoughts on “Discussion Post: Book Reviews | Their impact within the community & How I write them ðŸ“

  1. I like reading book reviews for books I’ve been interested in, it also introduces me to books I hadn’t heard of before. I write some myself, but not many. I try my best to be as positive about a book as I can because reading is soooo subjective, so I wouldn’t give a book a bad rating if its style didn’t quite connect with me, so long as I truly believe most others would enjoy it.

    I definitely agree some authors take reviews far too personally! If it’s a negative review but still respectful, that’s a good thing. I wrote a blog post before about a negative review my book received and said I was grateful for the opportunity to learn and improve my craft. The point of storytelling is to invoke passion, so I’d rather receive a negative response than no response at all!

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    • I’m so happy that you like to read reviews and the way you think when giving your own review is great, I totally agree with you.
      I believe that expressing your gratitude for the reviews of your book even when they’re not that positive, is a super mature posture to take and also, if it’s with respect, it’s a great opportunity to improve & of course, the important thing is the passion put in the reading and in reviews, that will always reach people.
      Thank you SO much for your incredible comment, I love knowing other points of view & I hope you have a great day! 😊

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  2. This is such a lovely post Sofii! I’m glad you’ve started discussion posts and I’m sorry you didn’t start them sooner (you have nothing to worry about with getting your point across, you did it brilliantly ☺️)

    Reading how you structure your reviews is a huge help, especially for me as I see myself as a sentimental reviewer too. I’m still at the beginning of my blogging/reviewing journey but it’s posts like these that give me hope and motivation! Thank you so much!!

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    • OMG, you’re an angel, that means a lot to me, really. Thank you SO SO much, I’m glad you think that ❤️

      It makes me so happy to be able to help you in some way and that you find that confidence in yourself, being a sentimental reviewer is difficult sometimes because your feelings can be everywhere and it makes it difficult to express with coherent words, right? I’m sure you’ll do better and better and it will be a wonderful journey for you. I send you my best energy & thanks, again, for this beautiful comment, that you feel motivated makes me very really happy 🥰 🥰

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      • Aw, you’re so sweet Sofii! And you’re right, it be difficult being a sentimental reviewer but I also think it can be advantage too: if i feel strongly about a particular book, I find I can write a lot more!

        And thank you much for your kind words! 🥰

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  3. I read your post. And I liked it. And i knew there was something missing in my reviews. I knew writing reviews had some structures but i didn’t really consider that thought. Is it important to follow the structures of writing a review? Or does it depend on the writer itself?… I really don’t know. When I read a book that captures my heart, I just write about it and call it review. I’m new here and I would like your advice.
    Thank you🌸🌺

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    • I’m SO glad you liked it! 😊
      Oh, no, in fact, you don’t need to follow any kind of structure, this is just the way I do it myself because it makes me feel more confident and more organized when writing, but if you just sit and write what you think about a book you loved or hated, that’s a review, honey and it’s incredible and valid anyway.
      I think the only important thing to write reviews is being honest, and give it your own style, if you’re more relaxed and write on your own way then the structure doesn’t matter as long as you’re expressing what you feel. That way you’ll always reach people
      I wish you all the luck if you just started and don’t worry about structures, this is a way that has helped me a lot, and I share it because I think it can help others, but it’s not for everyone, so if when you write them you feel right, then it’s perfect 🥰
      I hope you have an amazing day! 💕


  4. This is a great post. I am a new blogger but have been reviewing books for over a year now. I try to write short reviews with 2-3 small paragraphs. I got some new pointers from your post and will try to apply them to future reviews. Thanks.


  5. Great post! I totally agree with you about how we need to be careful with your words because some of the more snarky reviews can be really hurtful (and also not to tag authors in bad reviews because that is just rude). Personally I’ve decided not to write negative reviews (reviews with less than 3 stars) because as an aspiring writer, I don’t want to burn any bridges!! Lol. I also think authors have the responsibility not to lash out because duh reviews are for readers! But I do think it’s okay for authors to be vague and say “Oh I read some bad reviews of my book and I feel horrible plz send dog pics” Basically as long as it doesn’t become personal or nasty…/ramble

    Reviews are really fun but I must admit while blog hopping I don’t check reviews out too often…I probably should make more effort to do! 😉

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    • Thank you SO much, honey! I totally agree tagging authors in reviews isn’t really necessary and much less if it’s negative, it could be very hurtful.
      Oh, that’s super interesting, and I think it’s very valid too if you feel good writing reviews of the books you like most, that’s great, the important thing is that you feel passionate about them 😊
      YES! same, I think it’s ok if the authors want to read reviews about their books but that’s their own choice and is super respectable, as long as it doesn’t become personal, of course.
      Don’t worry about it, honey, I think it’s fine if you don’t feel like reading them, you shouldn’t feel bad about that & I hope you have the most amazing day ❤️

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  6. Such a brilliant and insightful post, Sofii! I loved reading your thoughts on book reviews and your approach to writing them. For me, they are my favourite posts to write, and I agonise over every word I write because as you say, reviews are super important to readers and I like to capture the book perfectly in my writing. 🙂

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  7. Great post!! I’m not big on writing reviews myself but I enjoy reading them! Thank you for laying out your process and thoughts behind your book reviews. I’m glad you enjoy it as much as you do and you really put a lot of effort into all that you do here on your blog ❤

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  8. Great discussion post! I’m one of the ones that kind of stopped reviewing books as much. I still do for ARCs, but I remember when I first started blogging I would review every single book I read. I really want to start getting back to doing that again. I love the way that you structure your reviews!

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    • Thank you SO much, honey! Oh, I understand why those usually happen, don’t worry. I personally write reviews of all the books I read because I really love it, but don’t feel that it’s something you have to do by obligation, you know? at least writing a couple of reviews per month is more than enough, as long as you enjoy doing it is the most important thing ❤️❤️

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    • Daniela, you’re so kind!! Thank you SO much ❤️
      I’m a little control freak even with my reviews lol, but the truth is that I really LOVE and I feel very passionate about writing them, so sharing a little of that makes me more than happy 🥰


  9. Great post Sofii! 😀
    You have a really good review structure… I try to keep my consistent, but I feel like I’m all over the place in my reviews haha! Sometimes I find writing them daunting, but in the end once I write my review I feel this sense of reward that I did it!

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  10. Interesting post!

    I also love to write and read book reviews but I must admit I’ve slowed down on both ends. No matter the amount of people that engage (low) it’s hard to keep a schedule of reading where you can consistently be posting reviews it was really interfering with my enjoyment of reading. (Maybe its by nature of mass appeal but movie reviews definitely have more impact and response than book reviews and you can watch them in a couple of hours as opposed to a week of reading of whatever!)

    And while I used to read every review that came up to be honest once I slowed down writing I started being more picky about reading. I don’t want to read reviews of a book I’m really excited for 3 weeks before its even out because it might inadvertently spoil something or temper my enjoyment, etc. So I can see both sides of the argument in the book community. But I definitely believe they are still overall important.

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    • Thank you SO much, honey & I fully understand what you mean, if they’re interfering with your enjoyment reading, then it’s fine if you leave the reviews in the background, the most important thing is to enjoy the process of reading, ALWAYS. I love movie reviews, I think they’re super fun to read 😍
      I understand your point of view when reading reviews so don’t worry, it’s super valid and obviously I agree, they continue to be a good source of information in case you feel the desire to know more about a book 😊
      I hope you have an incredible day 💕


  11. Great post Sofii! I think reviews need to stay. People tell me whether they’re interested in a book or not due to my thoughts and I think that’s a good thing but also they can decide after a review if they still want to read it or not. Plus it does help get word out there about the book, especially if it’s one you love 🙂

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    • Thank you SO much! I’m glad you liked it ❤️
      Of course! You’re absolutely right, there really are many ways in which a review can impact the reader and I think that as long as it’s a good source of information about the book it will always be helpful 😊

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  12. Haha! I posted my first discussion recently as well and it’s so funny but I wrote something that’s nearly a polar opposite — about the time without reviews 😀

    Anyway, your English is amazing and I’m glad you’re brave enough to get your thoughts ‘out there’ even though it was scary for you!! ❤

    I love writing reviews (although recently I've been slacking off!!) and that's probably the wrong way around it but I love to go through reviews of my recent reads and find people who also want to gush about the book!

    But I agree that they're often more appealing than the blurbs — I often like to go in blindly but I'm wayy more likely to base my decisions on a review rather than the blurb. They just tend to be worded in such a weird way, right?? It's so confusing and I feel like my brain retains nothing and then I scroll to the review and, yeah, things make sense.

    Great post, Sofii! ❤

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    • I’m a big fan of your discussions, honey, you’re a great inspiration!! & thank you SO much, that means a lot to me, for a long time I was so insecure about my English, but from now on I’ll only focus on improving and encouraging myself more 😊
      Totally agree! sometimes blurbs also provide unnecessary information or are too spoilery, you know? I think the fact that we rely more on reviews is because all the feeling they convey and that’s super valuable, I love it 😍
      Again, thank you so much for your comment, you’re so kind & I hope you have an amazing day ❤️

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  13. Wow Sofii you really worked hard on this post! I love writing reveiws and I don’t write them for me but for other readers, to help them make a decision that will be the good one regarding their taste! Always respectful is key indeed!

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    • It means so much that you see the effort I put in the post, I was so scared, but you’re all so kind. Thank you SO much for your comment, honey & personally, I love your reviews and I think they really help to make decisions and I always feel excited after reading them ❤️❤️


  14. I LOVE THIS DISCUSSION SO MUCH, AHHH! Sofi, you should really be proud of yourself for putting out more discussion posts this year! I already know that you write them amazingly, and please don’t feel self-conscious about your English! I can understand you perfectly, and you have my unending respect for being able to write a whole discussion post in a language that isn’t your mother tongue!
    I agree with everything that you said!! I love reviews a lot, but I feel like they’re very unpopular in the book community. I love writing reviews, because I love recording what I felt about a book, because I know that I’ll forget my thoughts on them eventually!
    I NEVER want reviews to die in the book community. I feel like they are the backbone of book blogs. But if I come across a review of a book that I haven’t heard of and doesn’t sound appealing to me, I’ll probably skip over it, because… I have better things to do with my time? That sounds really mean, sorry :(( I also can’t enjoy a review from another blogger if I don’t connect with their voice! And some reviews that are just big walls of text are super off-putting to me. Personally, I think you write GREAT reviews though ❤
    I'm a little sad because I used to write weekly reviews on my blog, and now, I barely post a review a month. This happened because I lessened the amount of posts I put out in a week, so there stopped being space for review in my posting schedule. And of course, it was because I realized that they don't do as well as other posts, like discussions, wrap-ups, etc. I feel like my reviewing skills were way better back then—my older review posts actually didn't do that bad stats-wise! But whether it's because I stopped posting them or I forgot how to review, the reviews that I do post now don't do that well in terms of stats, and it's a little disheartening 😅

    Thank you for sharing your review-writing process!! It's very helpful, and it's similar to how I used to review books!! I think I just experienced a review-writing crisis, because I have no idea whether to analyze every part of the book (plot, characters, etc.), or just mention the things that stood out to me! I also really like posting 'like and dislike' bullet-point reviews because the things I loved and things I didn't really like about a book can easily be separated! Also, I'd love to post more mini-review, but unfortunately, I don't really have time to write them, and I also ramble to much that my mini-reviews turn into not-so-mini-reviews, haha!
    Ahhh, sorry this comment is so freakin' long!!!! I just think that this discussion is so relevant, and I have a lot of thoughts on this topic! I hope you'll forgive me for writing a literal book in your comment section! And I'm looking forward to all of your future discussions, because I'm sure they'll be amazing, just like every post you write ❤

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    • Caitlin!!! You’re the sweetest, really, thank you SO SO much for this beautiful comment, your words mean so much to me! THANK YOU 😭 ❤️ 😭 ❤️

      I understand you completely, don’t worry, when you don’t feel interested in a book it’s totally normal to skip the review or even more when you don’t feel connected to the style of each reviewer, that’s super personal, I think it happens or has happened to us all at some point and is completely respectable, because the first thing is always to enjoy reading, right? even when they’re reviews and OMG, thank you so much, I’m so HAPPY to know that 🥰

      Yes, sometimes it’s a challenge to organize our posts and it may happen that reviews are in the background or there’s no room for them, I get that. I think that in the end, the most important and valuable thing is that you enjoy and feel good writing the reviews, because if you no longer feel like doing them, then you shouldn’t make them obligatory, so I think it’s fine if it’s not something you do now, I think it’s better to do them when you feel like to write them because it also takes time to write and edit them and so on. 😊

      You’re welcome, beautiful! It’s a pleasure to share a little of me with you and I personally absolutely LOVE the kind of “like and dislike” reviews format, I think they’re super entertaining and easy to read, you can also focus on the points that interest you. Thank you for mentioning it, I completely forget to mention it in the post, but I really enjoy that kind of review structure. 👏🏻
      Aw, don’t worry honey, I would read a complete book of you, no doubt, I LOVE you energy and your honesty on each subject, you’re incredible! so don’t apologize, the pleasure is mine & thank you SO SO SO much, again!! I’m super excited about this new type of posts, I think that in addition to giving me the chance to share and chat with you all, it will also give me the possibility to grow with the language and writing, so it’s something that makes me very happy. 😍

      I hope you’re having the best month, honey & you’re enjoying your readings 💫

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  15. Personally, I love writing and reading reviews, but not for all books ofc. I usually only read reviews of books I heard about or books I’ve read (or when the cover appeals to me 😀 ). So I understand why they aren’t as popular, but I don’t think I’ll ever stop writing them.
    My blog was created to “store” all of my book reviews in one place, so it has to serve its purpose! 😀

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  16. Such a great discussion, Sofii! I honestly love writing reviews, and find that they’re some of my favorite posts to share, even though they don’t receive as much traffic as other types of posts! I have noticed a trend of traditional book reviews withering down a bit, but I sincerely hope that they will never fade completely. Given the wide expanse of reviewers in the community, I doubt this would ever be the case, but I really do hope to see an increase in the output of reviews this year in the community! I love reading reviews so much, because I feel as though they offer great personal insight as to whether or not a book would work for me! 🙂

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    • Kelly, I’m SO glad enjoyed it!! 💕 & I’m also glad that you enjoy writing and reading reviews, also me and I hope they begin to be more respected and loved, there are so many opinions to share it would be a shame for people to stop doing it 😊

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  17. I post mostly book reviews on my blog, and honestly they don’t get a ton of love. My non-review posts get much more seen. And it makes sense because maybe not everyone has read or cares to read a certain book. But I still think it’s important to write them! And I always try to read book reviews from other people. I mostly get my recs off Instagram though. 🤷🏼‍♀️😄

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  18. This was such an interesting posts! I loved it and I loved that you really put yourself and your love into it!
    I love reviews, and all the fuss around negative reviews always leave me confuse, because I have added ton of books to my TBR because of negative reviews and I have dropped from my TBR a ton of books because of positive reviews. Because what is negative for you can be right down my alley in that period, for example. And I know for a fact that I am not the only one…
    Once, on my Italian blog, I wrote a very negative review of a book (for me it was the worst and I made it clear. I didn’t curse or insult the author but I was very negative and abundantly clear with my opinions) and then, one day, I was chatting with a fellow blogger who told me that she added the book to her wishlist right because of my review! I mailed her the book pronto and she enjoyed it. So you can’t never say! 😉

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    • Aw, you’re an angel, thank you SO much! It was really a challenge because it’s something I’ve never done before, but I enjoyed it 😊
      Absolutely agree, honey. I think that regardless of whether the review is negative or positive it can encourage someone to read it, because as you say… what’s a negative aspect for someone can be positive for others, and that’s great! 👏🏻
      That’s a great example that actually can happen and without a doubt, reviews end up having a great impact on the community and are undoubtedly important
      Thank you SO much for your comment ❤️

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  19. This is a wonderful discussion post, Sofii! Great job!

    You know, I do like writing review posts, because while I do read and review some of the popular releases, I think I also read a decent number of books that people don’t talk about as much, so I like giving a little signal boost to those books. Okay, yes, so review posts are my least viewed posts overall, most of the time, but they are also what I post the most of–right now I’m doing one manga review and three book reviews each week, so it’s a lot.

    I think having my blog review format/template created, it is actually fairly easy to set up my posts and get them prepped. For the most part reviews are some of my quickest posts to write. My discussion, recommendation, and Weekend Writer posts definitely take the most time. But I joined the online book community to talk about books and share my love of books, and I think reviews are a huge part of that sharing aspect, so even if my reviews only see like 12 views instead of 30, I’m going to keep posting them.

    Plus, reading reviews from others in the book community can help me make a decision if there’s a book where I can’t decide if I should read it or skip it. I find a few other readers who share a lot of my reading tastes and if there’s a book they’ve read that I’m unsure about, their review can be the determining factor. Of course, if there’s a book that I want to read, then usually I’ll pick it up even if I see a couple not so good reviews.

    I look forward to seeing which discussion topic you tackle next.

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    • I’m SO glad you liked the post, Danielle! That means a lot for me ❤️
      I’m glad you also like to write reviews as well, and I agree that talking about less well-known books is a way of making them known and that’s always a positive thing, even though it doesn’t have many views like other posts.
      Absolutely! I love to write reviews for the simple fact that I enjoy while I write them, and it usually doesn’t feel heavy at all, just like you say reviews are kind of the heart of the book community and I feel they’re super important. 😊
      We share many thoughts, I love that, I also love reading reviews because they help me make decisions about a certain book and that’s great.
      Thank you SO much for checking the post, I’m excited to write more in the future & hope you have a beautiful day! 🥰

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  20. Thank you so much for this post! I’m new to blogging and reviewing so this will be very helpful. I do have one question, though. How do you avoid spoilers when reviewing a sequel?

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    • First of all I wish you only the best with your blog and I send you the best energy!! ✨🥰 & about writing sequel’s reviews, it’s a VERY good question …
      What I do is focus on my feelings about the book rather than on the events as such.
      ALL of my reviews are spoiler free, so sometimes it can be challenging, but it’s easier when you’re guided by how you felt and your personal emotions and thoughts trying not to mention too much.
      For example, the growth of the characters, the plot in general or the writing style and you can even focus on the paced of the plot and your reactions.
      I hope that helps ❤️

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  21. I enjoy writing and reading reviews! As a reader of them, I prefer shorter one. But there are times when I enjoy reading a long review because I just love how they talk about the book, their writing and their voice. As a reviewer myself, it depends on the books I read and my overall enjoyment. When I feel strongly towards a book, I tend to write a longer review and this is one of the main reasons why I made book blog in the first place.

    My review process is similar to yours in that I also take notes when reading to help me remember things better. But when it comes to writing it, I don’t really have a fixed structure. I normally just start from the notes I’ve taken and elaborate them into sentences or full paragraph. And then I arrange them according to their importance or where I see fit 😊

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