Happy Monday! And, if you’re in Canada like me, Happy Victoria Day! I hope you’re all enjoying the long weekend! My day has been quite a productive one: I spent my afternoon at my neighbourhood Starbucks with an Earl Grey Tea Latte in one hand and a pen and paper in the other. Today’s goal? Write as many reviews and posts as I can!
Before I actually got down to writing my reviews, this question came to mind: what makes a good review? (And, subsequently, how do I write them so my readers are getting what they want to read?)
For me, I like to read reviews that are a bit more personal. I like when the reviewer ties the book into an experience they’ve had, or a fascinating interest of theirs. I want to hear how a book connects and resonates. I want to find out whether I’d have the same emotional and/or intellectual response. I also like reading reviews that make me think: maybe it raises a moral question, or maybe it introduces a way of thinking that I hadn’t considered before. If a reviewer can persuade me that the book they enjoyed will teach me something new, my interest is almost always piqued. I try to write my reviews with those preferences in mind. (Whether I succeed is largely up to you to decide.)
But I want to know: What makes a good review for you? What gets you interested in one particular review or reviewer when there are so many available online? Does format, tone, etc matter?