(Part one of my series on reviews is here.)
Last time I talked about the type of reviews I write, but today I'm going to talk about the type of reviews that I read around the blogosphere. They fall into three basic categories.
Readers I Trust:
Of course there are a ton of blogs out there and even more reviews if you take into account Amazon, Goodreads, and, you know, professional reviews, but what I'm talking about here are the few people I know whose reading tastes are very similar to mine. There are some bloggers who, as much as I like them and as well-written as their reviews might be, they just don't enjoy the same type of books as I do. They talk about different genres, or enjoy darker, "edgier" books, or authors that I'm just not a big fan of. On the other side of that, however, are the bloggers who I can trust to recommend a book for me. The ones whose reviews I read because we have compatible reading tastes and I want to know what books I should be reading.
Objective & In-Depth Reviews:
More than anything I love reviews that are written well, that really get to the heart of a book. I tend to skip over the one-paragraph reviews to read ones that talk at length about a book. I might not always agree with the reviews, but I know that the blogger is being honest and really putting work into their review of a book. Synopsis that I find on Goodreads, Amazon, or the back of books can sometimes be misleading or leave big things out, so I like reading reviews that not only tell me what the book is about, but also what works and what doesn't. Whether negative or omg-love-it positive, these are the reviews that I look for and these are the types of blogs that I follow and read regularly.
It's strange, but I actually love reading reviews that disagree with my opinion. I like reading negative reviews of books that I loved and positive reviews for books I didn't like, just to see how different people are and how subjective reading is. It's always interesting to see that what works for one person can be a total mess for another, and to realize that people really are unique little snowflakes.
So, tell me, what types of reviews do you read? What is the "best" kind of review in your mind?