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Book Blogger Hop - A Weekly Question



Since 2013 Billy at Coffee Addicted Writer has hosted this weekly question posed to the blogging community. Billy explains: "The hop will begin on a Friday of each week and end on a Thursday of the following week. Every week, there will be a prompt with a book-related query. The aim of the blog hop is to provide bloggers with an opportunity to follow other blogs, discover new books, make friends with other bloggers, and gain new followers for their own sites."


There's a list of weekly prompts through the end of the year and into 2023, so like Top 10 Tuesday, you can work ahead when you have a minute. For me, I'm usually doing the post the night before! :)


Question for This Week:

"Do you like writing short or long reviews?"


The short answer is that I don't really have a preference - the book sort of dictates how much I have to say. I've read various blogging articles that talks about what constitutes a "perfect" length of blog in terms of word count, etc. Even if that might help my SEO, I'm not going to change the way I write just for that.

Really good or complex stories necessitate a longer review. I want to try to be clear enough about the general plot to let the reader determine if the book might be for them. The challenge is not to be so detailed that I tell the whole story or give away any plot surprises. I want to give "just the facts, ma'am, just the facts". If there are a lot of characters, or an unusual plot device, I want to be sure to address that. And that takes a lot of words sometimes.


I think the challenge for all us book reviewers is to provide enough information about the plot, the characters, and our opinion to help other readers form an opinion - and do it as succinctly as possible because time is precious and visitors don't want to spend five minutes reading a treatise of a book review.


As you can tell from this wishy-washy answer, even when I start out to be short and concise, I get caught up in what I want to say, and more words flow, and then more, and then I need to clarify a point - so, more words. I have written a few reviews that are just a couple paragraphs, but that's fairly rare.


My conclusion is: I tend to write more long reviews than mini or snippet reviews.


Please join the Blogger Hop and share your thoughts on these bookish topics. It's such a great way to get to know each other a little better and beyond just the standard "this book sounds interesting" comments. Let's have a conversation!


Next Three Topics for Conversation

Friday, Nov 25: Which print size do you prefer- small, medium, large?

Friday, Dec 2: Do you go back and reread the previous book before starting the sequel?

Friday, Dec 9: Do you have a favorite reading nook?





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