Every Friday Parajunkee and Alison Can Read hosts Feature Follow Friday. It's a great way to get to know the blogging community and they ask fun questions!
This week's Question is:
How do you write your reviews? - Suggested by Blue Books and Butterflies.
Before I started this blog, I blogged with my awesome cousin over at Books Are Bread. She is a much more organized blogger and reviewer then I am and her reviews are epic. So one day we came up with a guide to how we would review books (e.g. sections we would always include). I still follow that one because I think it works.
It goes pretty much like this:
Title of Awesome Book
By: Really Cool Author
Genre: YA/MG Probably-Sci-Fi-but-I-also-read-other-genres
Publisher: Some Book Publisher
POV: First Person/Third Person
Rating: ? out of 5
Synopsis of book that I pretty much just take from Goodreads or backcover summaries.
Main Character: Where I try to describe the main character, but always fail to fully put my thoughts on paper.
Love Connection: Because let's be honest, EVERY YA book has one.
Allies and Enemies: Where I get to talk about the awesome secondary characters. Sometimes a secondary character takes a book from good to great, from great to awesome, from awesome to OMFG.
Diversity (optional): To be fair, I don't do this section as much (even though I'm a huge proponent of #WNDB). I just don't review as many books as I used to, but once I do I assume I'll be reviewing diverse books (since those are the ones in my TBR queue). And because I think having some genuine diversity in a book makes it super rad.
Setting: Pretty self-explanatory section.
Random Thoughts: My wonderful review of the book in general, and where I talk about the good, the bad, and the interesting.
And if it's a series review:
Series Rating: ? out of 5
Insert random thoughts about the entire series, the entire world, and the characters' overarching development. Also, include some random pop-culture references, and try to sneak in a Totoro or Gundam Wing reference.
How do you guys review books? Any suggestions for stepping up my reviewing game?