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Each book blogger has his or her own way of writing a review. Some write long reviews, discussing everything from the plot to the characters while others go straight to the point and opt for shorter reviews. I think mine are in between? I’m not really sure what classifies as a long or short review but I try to describe my thoughts and feelings without rambling whenever I put up a post. I’d like to think of my reviews as concise but I’m not sure if that’s how it comes across. There are times when I get excited about writing a review and those end up longer than the usual length of my posts. There are also times when I have a hard time thinking of what to write and I feel like I have to squeeze my brain to come up with a reasonable amount of content. It doesn’t have anything to with the books, it’s just that I run out of words, sometimes.
I don’t mind reading either short or long reviews as long as there are no spoilers and I get a feel of whether the blogger liked the book or not. In my opinion, the voice of the blogger matters more than the length of the review. Each blogger has a way of writing a review and I like how book blogs give us an idea of the personalities of the people behind the blogs. This way, I can get a better idea of a book blogger’s preferences and whether we have similar tastes in books or not. I follow a lot of blogs in my Google Reader so sometimes, I just read the ones about books that I’m interested in – like books in my wishlist or books that I’ve already read. When I finish writing a review for a book, I do a search for other reviews on book blogs so I can include links in my review. It’s always nice to know what other people thought of the book that I just finished and it’s a way to promote fellow book bloggers’ sites.
What about the rest of you, do you prefer short or long reviews? Do you feel like short reviews don’t give you enough information about the book or do you get tired of reading long posts? Who are some of your favorite book bloggers and why do you like their style of reviewing? Basically, I’m just thinking out loud here and wondering if the lengths of reviews matter to blog followers.