Short or long Reviews? – Book Blogger Hop Nov 18

 The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, it was relaunched on February 15, 2013 by Billy @ the Ramblings of a coffee addict. . Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

I just love this meme and the questions that come up. They generate so much discussion which is great.

This weeks question is: Do you like writing short or long reviews? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

Like last week, this week’s question is a really easy one to answer. I definitely prefer to write short reviews rather than long ones.

I enjoy writing reviews but often I struggle to think of what I want to write. I know how I feel about a book but sometimes I find it hard to express it in writing. I’m also very wary about giving away too much in a review so I think that I often err on the side of writing too little rather than too much

I often see bloggers post ‘mini reviews’ in which they write almost as much as I do in a full review and then I begin to wonder if I am writing enough. But then I remind myself that my reviews are not the only ones out there and if people want longer reviews, then they are easy enough to find.

What about you? Which do you prefer to write?


Author: Janette

Recently retired Ex-Assistant Head of a large primary school in Leicestershire although I seem to be in school teaching quite a bit still.

14 thoughts on “Short or long Reviews? – Book Blogger Hop Nov 18”

  1. Haha, I wouldn’t say I necessarily LIKE writing long reviews, but mine somehow always turn out that way 😅 I guess I just really enjoy dissecting my thoughts in detail and then having them to look back on later?

    When it comes to reading reviews, though, I very much prefer long ones when I’ve already read the book, and short ones when I haven’t. I like going into books knowing as little as possible, but when I’ve read them, I need lots of depth so I can have intricate discussions! 😄

  2. I often call mine mini-reviews, but they are basically two paragraphs. One is a brief synopsis and the second contains my thoughts and feelings about the book, characters etc. I guess I don’t write long reviews that examine all aspects of the book, I just want to hook readers to pick up the book.

  3. I agree that it can be tough to express in words and you are quite right that if people want more then they can find it elsewhere – no point in worrying about it too much 🙂

    I have a set format for my reviews and aim to write just under a page. I feel that if I write any more than I tend to repeat what I am trying to say and I feel that that is a waste of everyones time! I write “mini reviews” when the book is 200 pages or under – only because I am not confident that I can find much to say!

    Have a great weekend!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
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    Book Blogger Hop – Do you like writing short or long reviews?

  4. So true that readers will just go to the kinds of reviews they want to read. If we all just do our own thing the way we want to, there’s something out there for everyone. 🙂

  5. For me, it depends on the book. Sometimes I can say everything I need to say in just a few paragraphs, but with other books I find I want to go into more detail.

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