As some of you might have seen in my first ever Mailbox Monday earlier in the month, I am currently in the process of planning a big redesign of my blog including my blog header, avatar, layout, post graphics, and signoff, amongst a bunch of other things. One of the other things that I would love feedback on is my book reviews and felt it would also be a great opportunity for us to chat about what attracts you to a book review?
As many other book bloggers know although book reviews are the most important element of being a book blogger, book reviews are often our least visited, liked and commented on posts! I personally feel like this is such a shame as I have found discovered some amazing books that I would never have come across otherwise, some which really changed my mind about whether to read a book or not, and of course, reviews about books that I love and give me the opportunity to gush about my love.
This is where you all come in. Tell me what it is about reviews that really pulls you in and makes you want to read them? Do you only read reviews of books you have already read? Are you a person who loves reading reviews of books you’ve never heard of so you can discover new books? Will you only read reviews if they are aesthetically pleasing or is the content more important to you? Would you like to see a greater diversity in book review layouts to include full reviews, short reviews, and bullet-point reviews?
I have already made a few tweaks to turn my reviews from this into this, in order to try and make my reviews more pleasing. So far I have made the key info at the top smaller so it doesn’t take up so much space, purchase links, put my rating right near the top, included little panda headers to break up the review, used subheadings to make it easier to find information, and provide recommendations at the bottom of the review.