I aim for a mix of objectivity and subjectivity in my book reviews. Reading is such a personal experience: just because I didn’t particularly enjoy a book, doesn’t mean everyone else is going to feel the same way. Many of my friends and acquaintances rely on my reviews to select their next book, and I take that responsibility very seriously.
I love reading and reviewing advanced reader copies, and am more than willing to consider reading your book and providing an honest review if it’s something that interests me. To discuss this further, please email me at jessicaw14 at gmail dot com. I am not currently reviewing books in the following genres: fantasy, romance, poetry.
I keep my reviews succinct. As you’ll notice, they’re usually around 300 words or fewer. This is purposeful. People tend to have short attention spans when it comes to online content, so if I can convey everything I need to say in a concise manner, there’s no need to drag things out.
Most of my reviews contain some of the following:
- Brief description of the book. I don’t focus too heavily on this, because it’s easy enough for someone to find it on their own, but I think it’s important to have it in there for readers who know little to nothing about what they’re getting into. Don’t worry, I keep it spoiler-free!
- Commentary on major themes. What did I get out of the book? I find that by discussing the themes, readers can better determine whether it’s something that will interest them. Sometimes the description or subject matter alone isn’t enough to pique someone’s interest, but the themes may intrigue them.
- My opinion about the book. “I couldn’t put this book down.” “I had a hard time engaging with the characters.” That sort of thing.
- Analysis of writing. I like to provide a feel for what readers can expect from the prose. Was the writing lyrical and dreamy, or more straight forward and gritty? Furthermore, how successful was the writer in developing his or her plot and characters? This is the more objective part of the review.
My ratings guidelines are as follows:
- 1 star: I hated it.
- 2 stars: It was…okay.
- 3 stars: I liked it, but it didn’t blow me away.
- 4 stars: I loved it.
- 5 stars: It was amazing and I’m never going to shut up about it. (I rarely give out 5 stars!)