I’ve been writing book reviews for about a year now, and I’m completely aware that I write reviews in two different formats.
I write reviews in short, bulleted lists featuring what I liked most, what I liked least, and my overall thoughts. Examples include my reviews of:
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Bossypants by Tina Fey
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Divergent by Veronica Roth
I also sometimes write long essay-like discussions of books, such as my reviews of:
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
The reason I’m bringing up the two differences because I want your honest opinion on how to proceed next year. Do you all like reading longer, essay-like reviews or reviews that are shorter, bulleted and direct to the point? Would you like to see some sort of bastard child of the two emerge (not unlike this review of The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman)? Or are you happy with the varying styles?
I’d really like to know your opinion, so please take a second to leave a quick comment below. Virtual cookies for all participants!
Thank you in advance, and have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!
EDIT 1/4/2014: Links now work.