Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I Heart YA #13: Reviewing Reviews--What's Your Style?


Welcome to the 13th weekly I HEART YA Blog Carnival! I HEART YA is a Blog Carnival for readers, writers, and lovers of young adult fiction. Every Tuesday there will be a blogging prompt that celebrates my favorite reading genre --YA fiction. Bloggers are invited to write their own take on the topic and post a link in the comment section, or if you prefer just put your thoughts in the comments. Either way, if you own a blog, grab the button to show your pride, and add your link to the list below. If you're not sure what to do, go to the I HEART YA tab for more details. 


I love thoughtful, articulate book reviews. Not as much as books themselves of course. But I can't imagine laying down good money for a book without reading several reviews first. I have to admit that I'm not so good at paying it forward when it comes to reviews. In part because I'm more focused on writing stories than writing about them. Also because I'm very particular about which books I'll review. Specifically, I only like to write reviews on books I'm wild about. If I don't care for it, or just can't get into it, I prefer to stay quiet. That's not to say there's anything wrong with negative reviews. They can be as helpful and interesting as the positive ones, I just prefer to leave them to someone else. Call me a wimp I suppose. Maybe my Mom indoctrinated me with the "If you can't say something nice..." mantra. I don't know, but that's my style.


So what about you? Do you depend on reviews? Do you depend on them? Do you write them? If so, what's your style? 




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7 comments:

  1. The only reviews I depend on are the opinions of my friends. I do write reviews sometimes, but I just do a quick highlight of what worked and what didn't :)

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    1. I hear you! Friend recommendations are always the best. =)

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  2. I feel the same way about reviewing books as you do. I only like to review books that I love. Actually, I could more accurately call the whole thing book RECOMMENDATION as opposed to REVIEW. I once wrote a review on my blog and it tended toward slamming on the book, which wasn't intentional, but that's how it turned out. I ended up deleting it after posting it because I felt so bad. On Goodreads, I don't rate a book if it's any lower than a three. I'll just delete it altogether from my 'Read' list, so I'm not forced to rate it low or leave it unrated (which is just as bad if I rate everything else).

    I do make sure to rave about the books that I love, though :)

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    1. I can so relate to deleting a review! Not that I've done it, but I can imagine. I've been given manuscripts to review from several friends, and sometimes I just can't come up with the right words, so I've had to refuse any further offers. Missing that mean gene I guess. =)

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  3. I find I can only write a review if I've figured something out. So many books I either like or don't like for no particular reason, or if I like them because they're incredible, I really have a hard time figuring out what to say. If I don't like a book, I usually don't finish a book. A book that gets a real review from me is one that I've thought about like an editor: what was my issue, why was this there, what could have been better.
    I very rarely read like that when I'm reading for fun. But if I'm reading for a book group I already have to articulate my thoughts, so a review is easy.

    I've written some very critical reviews in the last few months. The one for the Daughter of Smoke and Bone I was worried about, but I put a lot of thought into it, and I really think I explained why I felt the way I did about it. (disappointed). I've had more people like that review on goodreads than any other. But I think a lot of people agreed with me, and I explained why clearly.

    Actually, that's mostly what I use reviews for. After I've read a book, I'll check to see what other people thought and if I agree or disagree. Sometimes I really disagree and have to write my review in response to other people's reviews. I do this for Connie Willis books a lot. Some people just don't get what she's trying to do, or why it's not going to be a basic sci-fi type story.

    Oh well, we wouldn't be human if we didn't like to argue.

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    1. I actually love reviews like the ones you describe - thoughtful with valid reasoning for disappointment (or whatever emotion.) I usually disregard the reviews that say "I'm not sure why I wasn't into it." But if they have a valid argument, I'm all for it!

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  4. Here's my 2 cents: http://pidginpeasbooknook.blogspot.com/2012/04/i-heart-ya-carnival-10-reviewing.html

    Basically, my style as a reviewer is to be honest, and hopefully helpful. I want my reviews to contribute something worthwhile to either the author or to fellow readers.

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