Friday, April 18, 2014

Book Blogger Hop - 4/18 - 4/24


 Question of the Week:

Are your reviews more of a rehash of the story or do you comment on writing style, characters, and reflection?
My Answer:

My reviews usually begin with a quick interest statement that sums up the basic idea of the book.

I give a general "rehash" of the story, but my reviews mainly consist of focusing on the author's writing style, the characters, and a reflection of my opinion.

To me a review that has depth is more important than a "rehash." 

The reader of the review can always read the back cover to get a basic review so going into detail about the characters and writing style helps more in my opinion.

Looking forward to these answers. 




 

17 comments:

  1. Looking forward to everyone's answers.

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  2. I try to give a little rehash and then my reaction to the story.

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  3. That's what I think as well. If you want to know what a book is about, read the synopsis, but a review should tell you more than that. It should tell you about the style, the development and the general "feeling" of reading the book rather than the bare bones of the plot, because the plot can be different for everyone. What I see as important to the story, you might think doesn't matter at all! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great weekend!
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    Juli @ Universe in Words

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  4. Sounds similar to what I do, Kathy.

    THANKS for stopping.

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  5. Thanks, Julie.

    I love your answer.

    THANKS for stopping.

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  6. I liked your answer to this weeks question. You can check out my answer here: http://meandu-justthinking.blogspot.ca/2014/04/book-blogger-hop-180414.html

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  7. THANKS, Carol.

    I like the answers I am seeing.

    THANKS for stopping.

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  8. Great question! I agree with you, I'd rather hear a reviewer's overall impression of the book and/or its key elements, I can read a plot summary in many different places, including the book flap/back cover, a library website, and of course Goodreads, etc. I just try to avoid spoilers! :) Here's my response: http://reading2011.blogspot.com/2014/04/book-blogger-hop.html

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  10. Spoilers are bad. I try to avoid them too.

    THANKS for stopping, Anja.

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  11. I agree! I really want to know what people think about the book, the synopsis tells me about the story

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  12. Great answer. I agree about not rehashing too much. I always include the synopsis; figure that's good enough.

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  13. There are lots of places to find a plot summary, so the challenge for me is trying to work some details into the review to orient the reader, while mostly focusing on my responses and opinions. I appreciate reviews that both give a subjective opinion and back it up with evidence. I have to confess that I don't mind a few spoilers...but I sometimes read the end of the book first!

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  14. LOL that you read the end of the book first at times.

    That is something I have never heard.

    THANKS so much for stopping by, Lory.

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