Discussion Post: Focus on Reviews | How will I Structure my New Reviews? & Some Different Ways you Can Structure your Own! ðŸ“

 ðŸ“ Hi, friends! How are you today? I hope you’re doing great and having a wonderful day full of the best reading.❤️ Today I’m very excited to bring you a new discussion post, or at least I think it feels like one, even though I originally only intended to chat with you about reviews, but I think something like this could work, so we can all share opinions and what we think about the topic of book reviews in general. ðŸ’»
As we all know, loves, I’m back from my break ðŸ™ŒðŸ», and I’m still trying to catch up, get organized with my posts as well as trying to get some reading done lol, so this has been a month of planning and trying new ways to organize my posts and everything in general here on the blog. So, because of this, I’ve been mostly thinking a lot about how I could bring you reviews from now on ðŸ¤”, and although at first, I thought it would be a good idea to bring you short series of reviews, I changed my mind on the way due to the fact that I love writing reviews and it’s not something I want to change too much. You know I love chatting with you so obviously I love to go into detail with my reviews and will continue to do so, but for this, I needed to come up with some sort of structure plan to make it more fun, dynamic, and easier to read. ðŸŒŸ 
So basically, I think I’ve found a new way to create my reviews so that it’s not only easy for me to accommodate my thoughts but also easy for you to read them, and I’m excited to share this idea with you today. ðŸŽ‰ 
In addition to all of this, I also thought it might be interesting or even helpful for some people to have 3 other types of review organization or structure that might work for other people, so we’ll be exploring those ideas in today’s post, as well! ðŸ˜ŠðŸ˜ŠðŸ˜Š  
I hope you like it, I hope you’re as excited about it as I am, and I especially hope you find it useful in some way if you’re looking for new ways to write reviews for your blog. 🥰 So, without further ado, you know you can leave me all your thoughts in the comments, and LET’S GET STARTED! ðŸ“

PS: I already have another discussion about reviews on the blog if you want to check it out: RIGHT HERE! where we discussed the impact book reviews have on the community and also chatted a bit about the way I used to write them. ðŸ’• 

As I mentioned in the beginning, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to bring you my reviews, as always, but in an easier to read way, and more fun too. A way in which not only you’ll be comfortable reading them, but also I’ll be more than happy to write them without leaving out any of my thoughts. Obviously, this is all from my perspective, as I think it was easy for me to read the last review I wrote, in which I used this system (which you’ve probably already seen by now here on the blog). So basically, I wanted to create a system or structure that everyone can enjoy, from the person who reads the whole review to those who don’t have the time or energy to read it all, so I hope that every reader will find something useful, a least one paragraph that can give them what they need to know about the book in question.
So what I’ll do next is to show you step by step how I’ll divide my reviews and what each part means very briefly so as not to bore you too much, I promise.

  • Summary of General Thoughts from the Book

This will be a paragraph with which I’ll begin all my reviews, where you can read about my feelings towards the book and where I’ll highlight very briefly the things that I liked the most about it, as well as some aspects that were not for me. This is really a paragraph that helps me a lot to get all my first thoughts and feelings when I finish reading a book, and above all, you’ll be able to see if I liked it or not in very general lines.

  • The Plot Explained in My Words

This point is something that occurred to me at the last minute when I was writing a review, and I thought it was fun to include it. I don’t know why, but it’s very difficult for me to start structuring a review if I don’t tell you briefly what the book is about and although I always share with you the original blurb of each book I review, I still thought it was a practical way to organize myself before starting but also since it’s an explanation in my own words I hope it’s briefer and to the point, this way I hope it will be easier to read and easier for you to understand what the book is about, as well, especially and mainly without giving too much information, since sometimes blurbs tend to be a bit spoiler-y.

  • Classic Points

I call these points “classic points” because they’re those aspects that I always talk about in my reviews and I don’t think they need further explanation.

  1. Plot
  2. Characters
  3. Wrating Style
  4. Setting or World Building
  • Weaknesses & Strengths of the Book

These are two new points that I’ll write in my reviews, where, as you can read, I’ll talk respectively about the Weaknesses of the book or what I think has been “the worst” of the book and the Strengths of the book or what I think has been “the best” or most remarkable of the book.
Not only I’ll be doing these two paragraphs because they help me organize how I feel about the book, but it’s also a good way if you don’t have a lot of time to read the whole review to simply read these paragraphs and get a good perspective of the book. It’s also a good way to give you what I liked about the book and what I didn’t like about it, but unlike the first paragraph here I’ll talk more about it and we’ll explore the why? how? when? and where?… you know? we’ll have a little more in-depth conversation so you’ll have all the info you need to know.

  • Conclusion & If I’d Recommend it

And this is, of course, the end of the review where we’ll have a conclusion about my thoughts in general, and how I ended up feeling about it in an honest way, bringing up some important and remarkable points about the book, also some trigger warnings if any, and finally if I would recommend the book or not and why. As you know any book with 3 stars or more will be a positive recommendation from me. I want to repeat that three stars are great for me and are very positive overall.

Here I want to share some review structures or review ideas which have crossed my mind at some point, and I thought it was a good idea to share them so maybe you can find some of these forms and use them yourself or keep them in mind.

✅ Rain of Thoughts

This type of review for me is one where you simply don’t put too much structure or too many rules into the writing, but focus more on a free style where you simply share the first thoughts that come into your head about the book and generally do it in a passionate and somewhat messy way. This method is super fun to read and can be as short as it is long. I personally see this method a lot in the community and love to read it as I think it’s very dynamic and makes you want to read the book because of the energy that’s put into the words without any pauses in a more discontractured way

✅ Factual Structure or Significant Points

This type of review for me is the most complicated to do as it requires a lot of memory or writing down as you read, but it’s also incredibly useful when you’re the one reading it and I’m happy to say that I’ve seen it quite a lot within the community, as well. In this structure what you’ll do is write your review focusing on the important points or facts of vital importance to you as you read it, as well as other facts of importance to undestand the plot. It’s always done in the form of columns where you can appreciate in a very organized and marked way very punctual facts that the reviewer believes deserve to be highlighted to understand the plot of the book, and can be both negative and positive. In general, these facts aren’t thoroughly explained, but are just mentioned and direct to the point so that the reader’s emotions as such aren’t generally discussed but rather what happens in the book.
A peculiar way of reviewing that although it’s somewhat more complicated to create, may be the one that looks the most professional.

✅ Questions’ Structure

This is a very fun way to do reviews, as well as almost a memory aid while writing them. The focus in this case is the questions, which the reviwer will share with the readers as he/she/they writes this review. For this case I can give a couple of examples, which would be something like this: How did I feel about the plot? *develop* Did I feel anything for the characters? *develop* Is the world development really a central point? *develop*
This will, of course, be done according to what the reviewer feels is most important to develop.
What I like most about this method is that if you have some problems to remember thing or create structure in itself, I think it’s easy to develop as it helps you remember how you felt while reading it and also takes the reader along on that journey with you. It’s a more personal way that can be super informative and full of emotions.

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40 thoughts on “Discussion Post: Focus on Reviews | How will I Structure my New Reviews? & Some Different Ways you Can Structure your Own! ðŸ“

  1. This was such a great post Sofi! 💞 I love reading how people write and structure their reviews. It always gives me inspiration for my own. I do like your weaknesses and strengths point, I never thought of doing that but that’s a great idea! 😊

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    • Thanks so much for stopping by and reading the post, Meghan! ❤️ The weaknesses and strengths part is a really good way too when you don’t have that much time to write and want to get more to the point, but still get your thoughts across, I think it’s a fun way to check the thoughts of a book for the reader, too. I’m SO glad you like the idea! 🥰✨

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  2. I love reading this discussion! I used to post reviews quite regularly on my blog and I seemed to change the structure of my review every time. I clearly could never settle on one. It was really interesting to read about the different styles and the benefits. It made me think about what reviews I like to write. I really like your method– full of emotions and information. It seems like a perfect balance. I especially like the strengths and weaknesses parts. I always liked writing them when I did review, I kinda like how it organised my thought in my head as well (if that makes sense) 😅 Great post Sofi 🥰

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    • Thanks so much for checking out the post, Sophie! ❤️ I’m so glad it can be helpful in some way and help us organize our thoughts better, because I know we sometimes have a lot of emotions about our books, don’t we? 😅 The strengths and weaknesses part is very positive for writing too if you don’t have a lot of time and it’s super fun to read for the reader. ☺️✨👏🏻

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  3. This is such a wonderful post, the way you are helping others out with some ideas is amazing! The way i have been doing my reviews is more sharing the goodreads synopsis then adding my review of mainly thoughts, a few quotes and my photo of the book. I also add about the author and end it with a question if anyone has read the book. One thing i know i struggle is what tags to use when posting lol

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    • Thank you SO much, love! ❤️ It makes me happy that you use the post, I hope it will be helpful to some reviewers who are looking for a new review style or some kind of organization. ☺️✨
      That’s a really good way to share your reviews, long time has been my style, as well, and I should have talked about tags a bit, personally I always use, the name of the book, the author, and some keywords, like #bookreview or genres and stuff. 🥰

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    • Oh, honey! don’t worry, I don’t really think there is a “right” way to do it, just follow what makes you feel comfortable and In the end, the important thing is to convey your thoughts and emotions 🥰 & you don’t know how happy it makes me that the post can be of help in some way!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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  4. I’ve stuck to my review structure for a while now but I found your thoughts about reviewing very interesting and the various kinds of styles felt like something I could learn from. Great post Sofii !!!!

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    • Sahi! That makes me very happy, I really hope that sharing some ideas can be helpful and that we all manage to organize ourselves in a way that makes us feel comfortable and also flows as naturally as possible. ☺️✨ Thank you SO much for reading the post ❤️

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  5. oh, the “explaining plot in your own words” part is something i struggle so much with! i do agree it i important and makes it easier even for myself when i’m recapping my thoughts, but i feel like i always make the book sound less interesting when i tell the plot than convince people to read it hahah

    i do mostly structure my reviews between “things i liked” and “things i disliked”. i do try to take into consideration character development and writing, but i think this structure is a bit more loose and i can talk about a lot of different aspects. i do like the questions’ structure, though! it is how i used to write essays back in high school, so i wouldn’t get lost in all my thoughts hahah

    amazing post, sofi!

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    • Lais! Thanks SO much for stopping by and reading the post. ❤️ I totally understand what you mean, if explaining the book feels forced or just isn’t your thing, honestly, I think it’s okay because it’s not really necessary. In my case, I choose to do it because it helps me get started, but it’s super personal. ☺️✨
      I love reading those kind of reviews that are divided into what I liked and what I didn’t like, I think they’re entertaining and super easy to read, not to mention very straightforward and easy to understand 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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  6. Sofi you are a lifesaver!! I have been struggling with writing reviews and it has become somewhat of a chore, so I’m so grateful for this lovely post! I have read your review for A KIss of Deception and I loved it! 🥰

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    • I can relate to that too, sometimes I just write and write and then think, what is this! Lol. In the end the important thing is just to convey what we think, so it will always end up being useful to someone. ☺️👏🏻

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  7. In my reviews I add recommendation of other books that might be like the one I review. Kind of like a if you like this book then try these books.

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