Why are reviews so hard to write!?

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I just recently read a blog post by Becky @ A Fool’s Ingenuity where she talked about tips for people who think their reviews are getting too repetitive. After reading, I started thinking about my own book reviews and how they really are repetitive.

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I started thinking that maybe this is why I despise writing book reviews. My book reviews were always the same: “this book was amazing”, “the writing was brilliant”, “the characters were dull”. Because of this, I ended up changing my “book reviews” to “book thoughts” simply because I didn’t feel like I was truly reviewing the book, just explaining my thoughts on the book.

Then upon further thinking, I realized that I never really explain why a book is good or the writing brilliant or the characters dull. I do keep a notebook to write down all of my thoughts, but when I sit down to write a review I can never think of what to say. I end up writing my bulletin points down, but the thoughts are usually so jumbled and I never know how to organize my thoughts into a “proper” review.

Because of this, I get stressed out writing. I want to write quality stuff but I feel like my reviews are lacking. I need to find a better way to express myself in words that people are interested in reading.

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Lets discuss: How do you guys like to do your reviews? Do you make categories such as the follow: writing, characters, plot? Do you have a preference on reading certain review layouts? Any advice? Do you struggle with writing reviews as well?

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6 thoughts on “Why are reviews so hard to write!?

  1. I’m still trying to figure this out myself so I hope you get lots of comments full of suggestions I can steal! =) I’ve been thinking about alternating my genres, or at least avoiding reviewing books in the same series back to back so I feel less repetitive. I completely agree about reviews I do being more personal thoughts than definitive reviews.

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  2. I’m in the same boat. I just started blogging and I want my reviews to sound more engaging with other readers. Rather than just saying something was good or bad, give reasons behind it.

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  3. My ‘reviews’ (if you can call them that) are full-on fangirling. I keep the first half of the review without all of the whale-mating noises, but the second half just goes out of control. I WAGE A WAR AGAINST QWERTY BY PRESSING CAPS LOCK REPEATEDLY. *as if Anj didn’t do that now* But, yes, it is definitely tough to organize a book review perfectly and mine always seem to be this mess that doesn’t sound coherent, to say the least.

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