I find it much harder to write the long reviews that I've done ever since beginning this blog. Traditionally, it's taken me 30-60 minutes to write a review. While I still love blogging, I definitely do not like writing reviews as much as I once did. Therefore, I don't do it. I have at least a dozen book reviews unwritten - maybe as many as 20!
Not only that, I don't want to read long book reviews anymore. When I read book reviews, I gravitate towards shorter ones or I skim the longer ones. Perhaps I no longer have the patience to read multiple paragraphs about one topic. Or perhaps I'm tired of doing so after so many years of reading them.
Do you feel similarly? How has the way you read and write reviews changed?
I'm proposing a change to how I review books on this blog. I want a much shorter system of reviews. Hopefully, this will encourage me to actually get these reviews done. Moreover, I think it will be more user friendly. People can quickly get an idea of what I think of a book and then decide if it's for them.
Here's the format I'm thinking of:
Synopsis (Copied from Goodreads)
Top Five: Five bullet-points on what I thought of the plot, the characters, and the writing. Depending on the review, it may be more or less than five.
Takeaway - Brief paragraph summarizing how much and why I liked this book.
Recommendation - Buy, Borrow, or Skip
What do you think of this?