Today I’m over at Kathy Pooler’s blog, Memoir Writer’s Journey. Kathy asked me to share with her readers, and mine, what process I follow when reviewing a book. Writing this post didn’t come as easily as reviewing a book does, but I now have down just what I do when I review a book, no matter the genre. So, here goes!
“A good, sympathetic review is always a wonderful surprise.”
Joyce Carol Oates
Loving books and reading them has been a part of who I am since childhood. The only thing that has changed is that now I review books.
When Kathy invited me to talk about how to review a book, I mentally stopped in my tracks.
How does one explain the process of reviewing a book?
There are many online sites where you can review books — on a blog, at Amazon, Goodreads and other book outlets.
Recently, author Jody Hedlund shared some “creative” reviews of her book, Noble Groom. Take time to look at these — they are interesting and unique. Although I tend to stick to standard reviews, you may find something that is a perfect fit with your blog or a book you’re reading. And one day I may step outside the box. For today, however, I’ll just stick with explaining my standard method.
Thanks for a helpful post, Sherrey. I think many readers are intimidated with writing reviews, so here’s hoping your checklist prompts a few more to write them–they mean so much to an author.
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