Today we, Bloggers, authors, reviewers and readers, will answer another burning question:
What do you look for in a review?
Last month I had the pleasure to be a guest over Romancing The Book for their blogiversary celebration and I had the opportunity to ask readers “What do you look for when you read a review?”
I’m sharing the results with you!
I considered 45 comments* that contained the reader’s preferences while reading a review.
• The main information they want a review to adress is a description about the characters and plot, most of them included both, that together presented 57,8 % of comments.
They want to know more information on the story than what they can find on the back blurb, what the book is about, and a brief description of the characters and plot including who the hero and heroine are, their personalities, and what brings them to interact in the book.
I like to know whether the protagonist is likeable and interesting – if not, I will most likely not read it as I can’t stand boring or inane characters!
• Next with 53,3% of all comments is the reviewer’s opinion, that they liked and disliked about the book.
In a review I want to not only know the reviewer’s opinion (but) what influenced them in making the decision.
- Jeanne Miro
What I look for in reviews is the reviewer’s opinion on a book and whether they enjoyed reading it or not, I’d like to know why.
When I read a review I look to see how much the person enjoyed it. You can tell how much someone liked a book based on the way they talk about it.
I look for a quick summary of the review and a summary of what the reviewer liked and did not like about the book. I tend to focus on the did not like section to see if those items would bother me too, or if I would actually like a book that went in that particular direction.
- Julie S.
I also want to know what you liked and didn’t like. I can’t think of any book that didn’t have something I didn’t like in it.
I look for excitement on the reviewer’s part. Sometimes, there is just a general feel to a review. It’s not always something that is written, but a feeling conveyed by the reviewer between the lines of the review.
- Sandy Wolters
• In third place with most mentions, readers showed their preference for reviews without spoilers, approximately 24%. Other facts they find important in a review are in the following order:
4th place: Ratings; Examples from the book itself/ Quotes
5th place: Short Reviews ; Consistent and balanced reviews
6th place: If the book is part of a series; If it has a HEA
• Some like to see reviews, or like to use them as a recommendations wether they should buy the book or not.
• A few also included that they like to know if the book ends in a cliffhanger, if they would read another book by the author, an overall impression, a warning for “spoilers ahead”, if the book is original, the author’s style and reviews without bias or bash towards the author.
• Out of all the comments examined for this analysis, only one person mentioned each of the following: doesn’t want the whole book laid out, comparison to other authors and books, and how readers can apply the book to their own lives.
→ My readers:
I love that your reviews are not done on your perspective but how it made you feel. Because that’s what I like, hearing why you felt the way you did. Did you enjoy the story line, the characters and if you didn’t. I get a picture of the kind of book and story it is.
- Carol L
The 10 items you most look for in a review post:
1- Book cover 91%
2- Book blurb 77%
3- Information about the series in general (if it belongs to one) 67%
4- grading system; a small review (up to 4 paragraphs) 60%
5- release date 56%
6- romance sub-genre; other works by the author 53%
7- buying links 48%
8- link to goodreads 41%
9- Author’s social media links 37%
10- Similar Books 29%
Where do you look for reviews?
Have you ever bought a book because of a review you read?
→ Vote, leave your opinion!
→ What about you?
Whether you’re writing or reading one, there are certain things you always look for. What are those? What do you think are the most important elements you think the reviewer should include? What would you like see more? Less? What is the role of a review? How important is it?
Leave a comment bellow or Blog about it TODAY! Join the discussion =)
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* People included more than one characteristic in each comment, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.
→ Want to read more?
You can check out my last blog hop about authors commenting reviews here:
You also can read our discussion about 3 stars rating reviews here:
And you can find my post about the role of the reviewer and issues when reviewing online today: Hype, Bullying & Extinction Of The Reviewer.