Although I haven’t written that many blog posts, there are loads more to come! I wanted to write this post so you got an insight into what I think about when reading a book. Followed by my thought process of writing a review.
Before I’ve even opened the book, I read the blurb, the recommendations and the taglines trying to get a feel of what I can expect from the book. The title of the book for me is a big part that catches me to pick it up and read it. It’s the first thing you see when buying a book, so why would you buy one when the name doesn’t interest you. There’s also the cover of the book as well of the title. I know the saying ‘you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover’ but for me and maybe a lot of other people the cover helps you pick the book as well as a good story.
When I come to reading the book, I don’t write as I go along because I don want to keep picking up and putting down the book. So I get little sticky notes and stick them in the pages when something interests me so I know where to come back to easily when writing. This is so I don’t waste time flicking through pages. These could be things like quotes that affect my thoughts on characters or the story, even ones that I just like. I also put markers in when my opinion changes on a character and when the story changes. This could be when there is disequilibrium (loss of stability) in the story and the characters come across a problem that disrupts their ’journey’.
I don’t write as I go along because I don want to keep picking up and putting down the book. With little sticky notes, I stick them in the pages when something interests me or so I know where to come back to easily when writing. I don’t waste time flicking through pages this way. These could be things like quotes that affect my thoughts on characters or the story. I put markers in when my opinion changes on a character and when the story changes. This could be when there is disequilibrium (loss of stability) in the story, making the characters come across a problem that disrupts their ’journey’.
Now the whole point of this post.
How I write my reviews…
- Name the book and author before you do anything. You never know someone might forget and then you don’t have a clue what you’re reading about.
- Mention at the top of the post the publisher, publication date and the number of pages the book has.
- You need to start off with a catchy sentence that brings the reader in. Have a summary of your overall opinion on the subject you’re reviewing. Whether it is a book, a film or a product.
- The first subject should be what the story is about. A quick overview, you don’t want to be writing the book again. However, don’t reveal the ending or anything big that happens throughout the book here.
- Next, you want to discuss the main characters, their personality, relationships and their importance to the story.
- In this section as well you want to say which your favourite is and least favourite if you have one.
- Another thing to include, What the state of disequilibrium is and how this affects the characters and the storyline.
- You can also include characters or situations you relate to.
- Finally! Round up your opinions and give it an overall rating! personally, I rate the books I read out of 5.
There it is! everything you need to know to write a review. I hope this has given you some understanding of how to write a review. Give it a try one day!