Hey everyone! As you are reading this I am on vacation 😊.
Today I want to discuss book reviews and their format.
Whether it’s occasionally or frequently, most book bloggers post reviews- and I’ve seen them in different formats. Most of the ones I read are spoiler free and talk about the book in a broader sense, giving readers their overall impression. However, I’ve also seen reviews where bloggers talk about the specific contents of the book and go into more depth. Other reviews have a mix of both non-spoilers and spoilers.
Recently I’ve realized that I enjoy reading all formats of reviews, depending on the “situation.”
I love reading non-spoiler book reviews when I haven’t read the book but I am interested in the story. This way I can decide if the book is one I want to read. I read these reviews for a general opinion and summary. Of course, non-spoiler reviews can also be read by people who have read the book- but for me, I find it less interesting.
On the other hand, I really enjoy spoiler-filled reviews when I’ve read the book because it’s interesting to see another reader’s perspective on specific scenes. It’s so fun when I read something I relate to and can say “Ah that’s exactly how I felt!” Spoiler filled reviews are also great for my fangirl moments! 😊😂 In my opinion, when I’ve read a book, spoiler-filled reviews are the most fun to read!
The reviews I wrote when I first started blogging were separated into a spoiler free and a spoiler-filled section. However, currently, I write only spoiler-free reviews because that’s what I’ve seen most bloggers do. In addition, I want to keep my reviews short since I find that readers often skip or skim over review posts. I also understand that non-spoiler reviews are applicable to all people (ie. people who have read the book and those who haven’t), which lets the post reach a wider audience. Perhaps in the future, I may go back to writing some reviews with two sections- one for non-spoilers and one for spoilers.