Some of the reviews from earlier this year were a bit random, short, weird, and I wasn't sure how to do any of that reviewing stuff, but I thought I gave it a good shot, right? Cool.
So this is how I do my stuff or why, if you're curious:
I write my review on goodreads.com first because I like feedback from the people on the website and I like to read the other reviews on the site. Just to see if we have any of the same ideas.
After writing my Goodreads review, I copy the html. I put the html on here. Yada, yada, yada.
After I find a well-written synopsis of the book from either Goodreads or Amazon, I add a little note in there just like this:
This was taken from goodreads.com/jess_readerwriter, I wrote the review freely and I apologize if the reviews are not written in a professional manner. (UPDATE: 2013. I WILL NO LONGER BE PUTTING THIS ON MY REVIEWS. WANT TO KNOW WHY? BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE TO. BECAUSE I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU THINK. YOU EITHER LIKE IT OR YOU DON'T AND I DON'T HAVE TO APOLOGIZE TO YOU BECAUSE THIS IS MY BLOG SO GET OFF IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT. That's all. I love you guys so much. Kissy kissy lovely lovey mwah mwah mwah)
Once I've read over my review, which is usually written (Nowadays/the more recent books) in this sequence:
Say a little something interesting, sarcastic, humorus, or stupid for the first few lines.
Go into the synopsis with my own added feedback into it.
Talk about my likes and dislikes afterwards.
Close with what book I'll be starting next.
On this blog though, I add in my rating.
Normal rating scale: 1 - 5 stars.
I usually then try to add a little blurb in italics of what was lacking or good about the book just in case you reaaaaally don't want to read on.
If it's 5 stars, I might just write something like: Brilliant!
I also like to use the phrase: Plot holes.
Just kind of cute to me, but, it just means where the author kind of leaves stuff out because they couldn't think of any explanation. Confusing?
Here's an example:
"We're not really sure why <insert magical creature here>'s can do that. No one knows."
^^ That crap goes throughout the whole book. Like shut up, you just didn't put much thought into your story because you're a lazy piece of *initiate fog horn*.