Book Blogs: The Basics

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If you are an avid book reader, like me, this is a good avenue to start a blog. Blog on the books that you read and share your thoughts about the plot of the story, the characters and how they influenced you, the events that took place, and many other aspects of the book. The following are my suggested areas of discussions on how to write a book review though blogging. One note before we get into that… keep in mind that if you’re looking for self help books, keep in mind that in some instances speaking with a licensed professional might be the best course of action.

How I discovered or acquired this book. I believe that this is an important aspect of the book review because it will help you remember how did you learn about this book that triggered your curiosity to just grab a copy and read through it all. Maybe a friend suggested this to you or it’s being advertised as the book of the year and you would surely not miss this opportunity to read what’s the hype all about.

When and Where Read. Some people buy and read books to keep them company on a very long flight (uh.. like traveling from Earth to Mars). No, really, you have to include this in your book review because this will help you remember that very moment you got enthralled by the characters and smitten by the plot while sipping your Margarita by the beach or simply waiting for your plane to land after 16 hours of flying the boring skies.

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book. Hmm…what else can you possibly write here? Well, for one, did the character ever get into you that you missed eating for a couple of days? Or maybe you imagined (or illusioned) that you are Anastasia Steele? Or did you ever imagine riding a mythical creature and forgot that you are actually riding a bus and just totally lost track of the bus stop? Crazy right? Anything goes and happens when you read a very entertaining book.

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Check Out Author’s Other Books. If you happen to read a book series (trilogy or tetralogy or even more) then you will surely want to check out or read the author’s succeeding books so that you will have a closure of some sort when all things happen to end (whether you like it or not). Well, of course, some authors also tried writing another genre other than their usual book series. So, you might want to check this out too (nonetheless, I must warn you that most persons are quite disappointed when their favorite author suddenly changed or switched genres in writing). Anyway, after finishing The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, I am already adding other books by the same authors to my Book Wish List.

Rating Scale. Ahh.. the Rating Scale. For this particular endeavor, you simply indicate a score from 0 to 10, 10 being exceptional, on how you find the book in terms of:

  • Quality of Writing
  • Pace
  • Plot Development
  • Characters
  • Enjoyability
  • Insightfulness
  • Ease of reading
  • Photos/Illustrations
Aside from just putting a score to these criteria, I would like to elaborate further on why I am giving a score of 5 instead of 8 or 9 to certain criteria. I just would like to explain in these terms, in case the authors will come visit your blog.
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Still, a continuation of the Book Review Criteria is the page on Notes and Opinions. This will basically illustrate the content of the book that will include your point of view and how did this book influence your feelings and thinking habits. Do you have a favorite quote or great lines in this book? You can add it in this section and even make a mantra out of it.
And lastly, the very famous Star Ratings. Just how many stars are you willing to give this book as an Overall Rating? You’re no expert, but your rating does matter. Oh, don’t forget to share your blog to social media sites, forums, and even chat rooms. The more visitors you have, the more traffic you get to your site.
Remember, reading books will always warm your heart, change a point of view, allows you to get away from reality for a couple of hours, entertain or educate you, and even alleviate your sufferings. Always make time to read and practice to learn through your readings.