Book Blogger Hop - Aug 4th - 10th


Do you ever go "way back" to when you first started blogging and look at your old review posts? Do you see any differences from then to now?Elizabeth @Silver's Reviews
Yes.
I'm speaking about my prior book blogs (which were actually two sides of the same coin) and older goodread reviews. My original blog reviews were trying to be more indepth and analytical about every single book. While I enjoy getting into deep discussions about books, movies, tv series, and even video games, from a standalone viewpoint it become tedious and made me dread writing.

While I have not touched reviews on my blog (except for one and that was only because I took up residence here), I have, however, completely deleted entire reviews on goodreads. This happened a while ago and, from what I remember, those reviews were pretty terrible. It's been several years, so I don't have any specific examples. I have vague memories of writing things like. "OMG! I LOVED this book and you should read it right now!" and "This is a completely waste of trees. Whatever you do, do NOT read this book!!!" (That latter was definitely for Scarlett- the authorized GWTW sequel.)

You're not missing much.

I also reviewed DNF books, complete with star ratings if I finished over a certain percentage/amount of pages.

I'm not anti-DNF reviews. They can be very helpful. They just shouldn't include any sort of ranking (other than DNF) and be detailed about what turned you off from the book.

Comments

  1. Oh how time changes us and makes us smarter, right?

    LOVE your answer.

    Thanks for sharing, and Happy Hopping!!

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

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  2. Interesting to hear how your approach has changed. Happy Reading!

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  3. I agree with you about DNF reviews. It depends on how far I got before I DNF'd. And why. :)

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    1. I did have a hard and fast rule about percentage and pages read. I think it was 100 pages or 25% (which ever was shorter) which is pretty much a fair point for someone to say "You know what, I don't like this".

      I don't really bother with them anymore because it's a lot of effort for something I didn't like and walked away from.

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