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8 Different Ways To Write A Book Review

8 Different Ways To Write A Book Review

If you scroll through Goodreads or browse different blogs, you will see so many different styles of writing a book review. Everyone writes their reviews differently, and that’s what makes reading them fun! Book reviews are a big part of being a book blogger (but not necessary at all!) and I’ve seen a lot of people struggling with them.

Some people love writing book reviews, while some hate it. Some bloggers write tons of book reviews, while some only write a few, and some write none at all. It’s all up to the person!

As for me? I struggle with book reviews. They are, a lot of the time, my least favorite posts to write. But sometimes, I love them! I love talking about books (obviously) and I love recommending my favorites and critiquing ones I didn’t like as much.

But often, I find writing them to be repetitive and boring. And so I switch up my review style. A LOT.

You may have noticed how almost every review of mine is different! I’m not very consistent with my review styles. I know almost every other blogger is, but I don’t like to be, so this is what works for me.

But today, in this post, I’m going to be talking about # common ways to write a review. If you’re struggling with your reviews or just feel like seeing different styles, this is the post for you!

The links to my reviews will lead you to the review itself, and the links to other blogs will lead you to their review archive.

1) Likes and dislikes list

This review is where the blogger will make two lists: one of things in the book that they liked, and one that they didn’t. While I used to love writing reviews like this, I don’t anymore, but I absolutely adore reading them.

Examples in my reviews: Days of Blood and Starlight, The Night Circus

Examples in other blogs: Brittany’s Book Rambles, Paper Fury

2) Break-it-down-by-section review

In this style of review, the blogger will organize it into sections of plot, character, pacing, etc. Each section will get a paragraph or two describing what they thought of that particular aspect of the book.

Examples in my reviews: Six of Crows, Winter, Illuminae

3) Bullet point list

In this type of review, the blogger will simply make a bullet list of their feelings for a book!

Examples in other blogs: Spoilers May Apply

4) Divided into spoiler and non-spoiler sections

This is a very helpful review style in which the blogger will organize the post into a spoiler part and a non-spoiler part. This way, while reading the post, the reader won’t see any unwanted spoilers, but a person who HAS read the book can read that part and discuss with the blogger!

Examples in other blogs: Next Page Please!

5) GIF review

While I personally am not a fan of using GIFs in my posts (it makes me feel unprofessional, although I wouldn’t exactly call my blog professional *winks*), they can make reviews fun! I couldn’t find a blog that does ONLY GIF reviews, but I did one as an example.

Examples of different posts: Mary Had A Little Book Blog’s GIF review of Gemina

6) Multiple paragraph review

Often, #2 on this list is very similar to this, but I included both because they’re slightly different. The reviewer will just…talk. Their sentences will turn into paragraphs, and those paragraphs will normally be themed like #2, but they don’t have specific labels! To me, it seems like this is one of the more popular styles of reviews.

Examples in other blogs: A Book and a Cup of Coffee, Princessica of Books, Fiery Reads, Blank Slaters

7) 5-reasons-why-you-should-read-this-book review

This type of review is really fun, because you get to really see EXACTLY why you should pick a book up. It’s just like what it sounds like: the blogger writes a number of reasons to try to persuade you to read the book!

Examples in my reviews: The Serpent King, Blackhearts

8) Sections according to major themes and literary devices (Thanks, Josephine!)

While this is similar to #2 as well, it’s different because instead of using the same headings for each review and book “plot, character, writing”, it varies from book to book and goes into more detail. “Fast paced” might be a heading. “Engrossing, easy to understand world” might be a heading.

This is what my reviews are transitioning into, as you will see by my upcoming review of Nevernight! As of right now, this is what works best for me.

Examples in my reviews: A Court of Mist and Fury

Examples in other blogs: Nose Graze, Word Revel

How do YOU write your reviews? Which style do you most enjoy reading? Do you like writing reviews, or is it a struggle? Have you always stuck to the same style, or did you used to write your reviews differently?

Thanks for reading!

Ava

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26 thoughts on “8 Different Ways To Write A Book Review

  1. I’ve written a lot of reviews and I’m starting to find the way I write them a bit tedious – at the moment I just write as regular paragraphs. Sometimes it puts me off writing a review if I don’t know how to structure it! I’ve been trying to find different ways to structure reviews, but so many articles just tell you how to write a review and what to include, which I don’t want. So this post is perfect, finally!! Thank you! I think I’ll try out the last one on the list!

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  2. I write my book reviews mainly ‘Break-it-down-by-section review’ though I have done a bullet point list one before, and occasionally add some GIFS which I think makes reviews really fun and lively!

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  3. I usually do the sections. More for me than anything else. I’ll start rambling and losing my thought process if I don’t have some sort of structure haha. But I’ve also done pros v cons and the 5 reasons one if I’m feeling like I need to mix it up a little. Great tips! This inspires me to mix mine up more often haha

    Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook

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  4. It really depends on the book, but I am generally a #2, #6, and maybe sometimes a #7, though I am trying not to do the latter nowadays. I’ve tried to write more condensed or shorter reviews, but I don’t think that’s my style! But I do like the likes vs dislikes reviews that people like. c:

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  5. I more of a mixture of #2 and inserting GIFS in my reviews. I try to switch it up, so you don’t know what to expect. I LOVE writing lists so breaking my reviews in lists are really helpful for me and most people have short attention spans so I try to put a small amount for a big punch. 🙂

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  6. Remember when GIF reviews were all the rage? I once tried to write a review like that and it was just too time consuming.

    I typically break mine into “Plot, Characters, Worldbuilding.” I used to do multi paragraph reviews but they felt directionless to me when writing.

    Great post!

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  7. I usually just talk, so my reviews would be type 6! I have a series of posts called 5 Reasons Why tho, so I love writing those posts as well! I just don’t consider them reviews, they’re something completely different for me. 😃
    One of my favourite blogs is Reading Every Night, and the reviews there are by section, so type 2! 😊

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  8. I try to vary the way I write my reviews. Though I think at the moment I tend towards number 6 more. I find bullet points are easier to read. I see a lot of GIF reviews on Goodreads.

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  9. The last one seems to be an interesting way to write a review. I’d definitely have to try that one out soon! Amazing post. 🙂

    Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor: BLOG || VLOG

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  10. This post is very helpful Ava! Not only for new reviewers. I also use different styles by the way, and it’s usually based on the book I am reviewing. Sometimes there are so many things I have to say about a book (negative or positive) then sometimes there are just few.

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  11. This is a fantastic post idea! My reviews are either in paragraph form breaking down my thoughts on the writing, plot, characters, etc. OR I do a likes and dislikes list. For me it really depends on the subject matter of the book. If I’m overly excited or fangirling then likes/dislikes it is. It’s all about my mood at the time of writing the review that determines which style I use.

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  12. Nice post ^^ I like that there is so many different ways to write reviews, so anyne can choose their own style.
    When I first started blogging, I was writing my reviews with really organized paragraph. But I found it really boring to write, and I couldn’t enjoy writing reviews, and wouldn’t even continue my blog because of it. And then I try to write my reviews in a more “funny” way (starting by telling a little story on how I got the book, and why I’ve read it,etc), and just say whatever comes to my mind about that book and just write it down. Then I re-read my review and try to make everything looks a little less messy ^^
    But now I think I am going to try the #4 style, because it’s always a stuggle to not put spoilers in my reviews !

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  13. I try to make the review match the book I am talking about. A famous fantasy book might get a few funny GIF, a dark and chilling thriller a long review with many quotes. But 99% o the time, they’re formatted into a multiple paragraphs review with quotes and in bold letter sentences.
    I love writing reviews, but it always is a challenge. Sometimes, I pressure myself so much that it takes me a week to write something. Talk about a perfectionist! I should have more confidence now that I’ve been blogging for 8 months, but the comparing-your-reviews-to-others always bring me down! There’s also the problem of English not being my native language, so it takes me longer to acquire the right vocabulary and express my feelings about something. I need a reminder writing reviews is fun, and that it’s okay not to reach the perfect-review level of some talented bloggers 🙂

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