I’m not only a writer, I’m an avid reader. Which is why I enjoy telling other people of books I’ve read and liked.
When I receive a book from a publisher or author who is looking for someone to help get the word out about it, it’s generally because I’ve requested that book after reading the blurb. I’ve found something about it that interests me.
Which leads me to a series of questions for you:
- What do you look for in a book review?
- Do you want to know more about the characters or the plot?
- Do you want only what the reviewer liked about the book? Or do you want to know some of the warts? (Keep in mind that anyone’s opinions are strictly that—opinions.)
- How much do you rely on reviews to make decisions about the books you choose? Jody Hedlund had a terrific article on her blog this week about authors requesting five-star reviews on places like Amazon and B&N. I’d love for you to read it and let me know what you think.
- Do you only like to read reviews for books that recently released, or would you like occasional reviews for older books you haven’t yet read?
I’ll continue to write reviews for this blog and hope you continue to read them. But if there’s anything you would find more helpful in the reviews I post, let me know.