As you grow as a blogger, you will start to feel more comfortable and more confident in your writing. I think most book bloggers can agree that their first reviews were seriously cringe-worthy. When I looked back at mine I was like “OMG” what was I thinking! In this post, I will give you 5 tips to help you revamp your book reviews to make them more unique!
Go Get a Thesaurus right now!
When writing a review, a thesaurus will be your best friend. I would suggest thesaurus.com I downloaded the app on my smartphone so I always have it handy!
My first reviews were pretty bland. I didn’t feel confident as a new blogger and it showed. It took me a while to start looking alternative words up in the thesaurus, but when I did, it paid off! Check out how I progressed below!
(Before) “This book was an awesome thriller!”
(After) “This book was a nail-biting, keep you on the edge of your seat thriller!”
The second sentence is more likely to capture the reader’s attention and leave them feeling curious…and that is exactly what you want! You want people to actually finish reading your review and love it so much that they just have to go get the book for themselves!
That’s what book reviews are all about, right? I get so excited when someone says they read a book because of my review and they loved it too! It gives me the feels!
When you are writing a book review, readers want to know how you felt about the book. Let them know! Be yourself and don’t try to be like other book bloggers. Book reviews don’t have to be formal. Have some fun and let your personality shine! Readers love that!
Throw in Some Quotes and Graphics!
I love to throw in some quotes and graphics here and there in my reviews. It just looks more appealing to me. If I read a book review and it’s bland and not creative, I typically won’t finish it. With this being said, don’t go overboard. Too many graphics can become overwhelming and can also cause readers to shy away from reading your reviews.
Want to see an example of one of my book reviews? Click here!
Do Some Editing!
When I looked back at some of my reviews, I realized that I wrote WAY too much! Sometimes less really is more. Go through your reviews and do some editing. I went through some of mine and even I wouldn’t want to read all that I had written! Keep it short, simple and to the point. This will make readers more likely to come back to read more of your reviews.
Let Your Words Flow!
In the past, I focused too much on trying to make everything perfect. I would try to edit everything as I went and that was a HUGE mistake! I have found if I write freely without re-reading the post until the end, I am more likely to produce a better review. I write from the heart and just let my words flow. I always clean up my review after and make it look and sound better.
Thank you so much for taking time to read my post! I hope I was able to give you some helpful tips on revamping your book reviews. Please feel free to comment below with any questions or suggestions!
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