I only ask you to do one, some, all or none of the following:
1. Explain your review format – if you have one. Or maybe your rating system?
2. Highlight another book-blogger’s review format by linking to a favorite example – don’t forget to tell us why they are a fave!
3. Do a review in another book-blogger’s format of your latest read. I did this just the other day when I had read a great post discussing what makes a good review and ‘borrowing’ from a comment by Ramya. That post was one of Bethany’s and my example giving Ramya the credit is here.
4. Highlight a past review that you are particularly proud of and why the format or structure may have had something to do with it.
I would have loved to have seen how Dewey would have presented this – she was always so gracious and helpful with her comments on reviews. It’s wonderful that her spirit lives on with this community we are building, the conversations we are sharing, the friendships we are making and the BOOKS we are READING!
Last, and certainly not least, Dewey’s blog featured a page devoted to her review questionaire format which is what inspired my idea in the first place.
I don’t think I really have a review format, and I definitely don’t have a rating system. There are somethings that I think are important to have in the review but it really isn’t a hard and fast format.
I’ve toyed with the idea of a rating system but I really don’t know what to use. There are some great systems out there but I don’t want to copy something just because it works for one person. I’d like for a system to be unique to each blog. And it should be easy to follow. I just haven’t been able to think of anything that would work for me so I’ve decided not to go with a rating system.
When I write my reviews I like to include a little about the book, a short synopsis. Then state my like/dislike for the book and explain why I didn’t really like or why I did like it. I think that’s the most important aspect of a review. Without this even a rating system is rather useless.