Best Book Review Blogs of 2023
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Book Nerdection is a place where we offer book reviews, recommendations and write about books because we love them. We are a group of people dedicated to deliver the best book content.
Blogger: Book Nerdection Team
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Horror, Humor, Mystery/Thriller, New Adult, Non-Fiction, Paranormal, Poetry, Romance, Science Fiction, and YA
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Sweet Savage Flame is old school romance from Avon to Zebra. We review retro romance books, feature gorgeous cover art, and discuss the authors, publishers, and artists that made them great.
Blogger: Jacqueline Diaz
Featuring trusted thriller book reviews, awards and author lists, BestThrillers.com helps mystery and thriller fans discover the best new books and writers.
Are you a cozy mystery lover? Well, any mystery book really? Come by to check out our reviews, recommendations and more! Long live cozies!
A book review site with a difference, providing in-depth book reviews, while focusing on character analyses and exposure to different cultures and countries.
Genres: Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Non-Fiction, and Science Fiction
books irl is committed to highlighting and celebrating various diverse characters, stories, and authors.
Genres: LGBT, Mystery/Thriller, New Adult, Romance, and YA
BookWritten is a platform where you can learn more about books, literature, poetry, and much more. We believe in connecting people through the art of reading.
Blogger: Pradeep Kumar
Genres: Children's, Contemporary Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Non-Fiction, Science Fiction, and YA
Brewing Writer is a place for anyone who who loves reading and/or writing. Here, you'll find lists of book recommendations, bookstagram and book blogging tips. If you love a good book and coffee, here's the place to be!
Blogger: Sonia Singh
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Poetry, and Romance
The Book Nanny gives readers a look inside their book without spoilers. We give information about the violence, adult content and language a book contains so readers can find books that fit their media standards.
Blogger: Emily Campbell
Genres: Children's, Christian, Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Humor, LGBT, Mystery/Thriller, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction, Sports, Urban Fantasy, and YA
A book review site featuring a diverse Hive of voices reading and sharing, we have a vast palette. We welcome both indie and traditionally-published authors - at no charge for reviews, ever.
Blogger: The LitBuzz Hive
Genres: Children's, Christian, Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Erotica, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Horror, Humor, LGBT, Mystery/Thriller, New Adult, Non-Fiction, Paranormal, Poetry, Romance, Science Fiction, Sports, Urban Fantasy, and YA
KLBC writes professional captivating reviews for children’s books of all ages and all genres.
Blogger: Kids Lit Book Cafe
Genres: Children's, Graphic Novel, and YA
The Chrysalis Books, Reviews, and Everything Written (BREW) Project is an up-and-coming platform that aims to help content creators and audiences to grow, thrive, and soar through reviews, interviews, features, news, press releases, podcasts, and promotions. BREW hosts the monthly and annual BREW Readers' Choice Awards, the annual BREW Book Excellence Awards, and the quarterly and annual BREW International Blog Awards.
Blogger: Esperanza Pretila
Dallas is a blogger and social media influencer passionate about books, writing, and all things cozy. Her blog, Cozy Critiques, is inspired by the feeling of being cozy while reading and writing. Formed in 2021, find a welcoming blog full of book reviews, bookish and cozy things, and writing advice.
Blogger: Dallas Smith
Genres: Fantasy, LGBT, New Adult, Romance, and YA
Bookishloom is a blog about books and all things bookish. Come and read an interesting post on your favourite Classic or a New Release.
Blogger: Ninu Nair
Genres: Children's, Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Non-Fiction
Book Nation by Jen features book reviews, recommendations and author Q & A. Jen also hosts a Book Nation Book Club to meet authors and discuss their books live on Zoom.
Blogger: Jennifer Blankfein
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, and Non-Fiction
If you’re a voracious reader, you might think of a book blog as an oasis in the middle of the desert: a place on the Internet that brims with talk about books, books, and more books.
Well, good news — we built this directory of the 200 of the best book blogs to satiate your thirst. Take a walk around, use the filters to narrow down your search to blogs in your preferred genre, and feel free to bookmark this page and come back, as we do update it regularly with more of the best book blogs out there.
If you’re an aspiring author, you might see a book blog more as a book review blog: a place where you can get your yet-to-be published book reviewed. In that case, you’ll be glad to know that most of the book blogs in our directory are open to review requests and accept indie books! We expressly designed this page (and our book marketing platform, Reedsy Discovery ) to be useful to indie book authors who need book reviews. If you’re wondering how to approach a book blog for a review request, please read on.
You’ve found a book blog. Now what?
Let’s say that you’re an author, and you’ve found a couple of book blogs that would be perfect fits to review your book. What now? Here are some tips as you go about getting your book reviews:
- Be sure to read the review policy. First, check that the book blog you’re querying is open to review requests. If that’s the fortunate case, carefully read the blog’s review policy and make sure that you follow the directions to a T.
- Individualize your pitches. Book bloggers will be able to immediately tell apart the bulk pitches, which simply come across as thoughtless and indifferent. If you didn’t take the time to craft a good pitch, why should the blogger take the time to read your book? Personalize each pitch to up your chances of getting a response.
- Format your book in a professional manner before sending it out. Ensure that your manuscript isn’t presented sloppily. If the book blogger asks for a digital ARC, you might want to check out apps such as Instafreebie or Bookfunnel.
- Create a spreadsheet to track your progress. Wading through so many book blogs can be troublesome — not to mention trying to remember which ones you’ve already contacted. To save yourself the time and trouble, use a simple Excel spreadsheet to keep track of your progress (and results).
Looking to learn even more about the process? Awesome 👍 For a detailed guide, check out this post that’s all about getting book reviews .
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Ultimate List of the Best Book Review Blogs
Book reviews are one piece of the book marketing puzzle . An important piece that some authors find impossible. This article is designed to help you get those initial reviews to bring in and sales and, you guessed it, more reviews.
In this article, you will learn:
- Why book reviews matter
- How to get your book reviewed by blogs the right way
- What to look for in a good review blog
- The best book review blogs for your genre
Table of contents
- Verified purchase reviews
- Does Amazon put a lot of weight on verified reviews?
- The mentality of the Buyer
- Different Types of Book Review Blogs
- Professional Book Reviewers
- Easily Understand Amazon's Book Review Do's and Don'ts
- List of the Best Book Review Blogs by Genre
- 1. Guilty Pleasures Book Review
- 2. Jeri’s Book Attic
- 3. Kindle Book Review
- 4. Reads all the Books
- 5. Literary Titan
- 1. Jeri’s Book Attic
- 2. Guilty Pleasures Book Review
- 3. Fang-Freakin-taskic- Reviews
- 4. Early Bookish Birds
- 5. Kindle Book Review
- 6. Christian Book Reviews
- 7. Reads all the Books
- 2. Raven and Beez
- 3. FanGirl Confessions
- 4. Kindle Book Review
- 5. Christian Book Reviews
- 6. Reads all the Books
- 7. Jessica Map Reviews
- 8. Dream by Day
- 2. Kindle Book Review
- 3. Romancers Rehab
- 4. Totally Booked
- 2. Early Bookish Birds
- 4. Chapter in My Life
- 2. Fang-Freakin-taskic- Reviews
- 3. Raven and Beez
- 8. Jessica Map Reviews
- 9. Aces High Joker’s Wild
- 10. Cat Pollock Writes
- 5. Jessica Map Reviews
- 3. Reads all the Books
- 4. Jessica Map Reviews
- 1. Raven and Beez
- 2. Christian Book Reviews
- 4. Fictional Fates
- 7. Fictional Fates
- 1. FanGirl Confessions
- 4. Mundie Kids
- 2. FanGirl Confessions
- 3. Reading for Sanity
- 1. Christian Indie Book Reviews
- 2. Redeemed Reader
- 3. Mom of Wild Things
- 4. Dream by Day
- 1. Kindle Book Review
- 1. Rachel’s Reading
- Here are a few Instagram handles for you to check out:
- Book Review Blog Table
- The Right Way to Ask
- Digital Book:
- How to Respond if They Say No or Don’t Respond:
Reviews and Amazon Ranking
You’ve probably noticed Amazon has two kinds of reviews. Some have a little “Verified” tag and some don’t. Amazon implemented the verified status to show the book was purchased from Amazon so people can’t just give their book to all their friends and get dishonest or biased reviews. Of course, readers who get the book as a prize or from signing up for your newsletter can still review it, but Amazon doesn’t give as much weight to those reviews in its algorithms. Which leads us to our next tidbit…
Yes, they do. Even if two books are selling at the same rate, a book with more positive verified reviews will rank higher than one with fewer reviews . You can still hit number one if you’re selling enough copies compared to the other books in your category , say during a promotion .
Which brings us the next piece of this crazy puzzle:
There’s no doubt the publishing world changed dramatically in the last ten years. With it changed the way readers find books and make purchasing decisions. According to this post from Written Word Media readers are most likely to buy a book if it has 30 or more reviews with an average rating greater than 3.5 stars on Amazon .
For this post, I created a survey for readers. I set out to see how much weight bibliophiles put on book reviews. I got several responses from people 60-years-old and older who don’t look at reviews at all. So if you’re targeting older readers, reviews may not be as important for the readers…but, they’re still important for the algorithms.
So beyond getting reviews from your email list , are there other ways authors can get more reviews?
Enter book review blogs…
There are two main types of book review blogs:
- Professional (aka Paid)
- Blogs (aka Free)
Professional reviews are ones that are paid for and cannot count toward Amazon’s ranking. You can put them in the editorial review section which can help if you don’t have any other reviews.
Kirkus – The Kirkus Review used to be the be-all end-all of editorial reviews. It carried a lot of weight in publishing. But more recently it seems they have lost their edge. Readers aren’t looking to editorial reviews as much as they once did.
IndieReader – Similar to Kirkus is IndieReader , who focuses on indie authors. Both are expensive and don’t give you as much in return as they once did.
Are Professional Reviews Worth It?
That really depends. If you just get the professional book review, and then sit on it, or don't even promote it, then you can't expect it to have a positive return on investment. However, if you add it to your Editorial Review section of your book's sales page on Amazon correctly, or use it in your book marketing tactics , then you can absolutely have a positive effect.
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Blogs that Write about Books in Their Genre
Authors and readers have filled the web with book review blogs. These bloggers are dedicated to reading and spreading the word about the books they read. They will usually review your book in exchange for a copy while others buy the books they read.
As I mentioned earlier, verified reviews hold more weight on Amazon. However, non-verified reviews hold just as much weight to most readers, so don’t discount a blog that requires you to send them a copy. These people are not getting compensation for their reviews (that would be unethical and against Amazon’s terms of service) so giving them a copy allows them to read more books.
This is also why a lot of the blogs listed below have additional things on their site.
Watch Dave's video below that explains when and how you can give your book away in exchange for a review using direct language from Amazon's policy.
Now that you are clear on the Amazon book review rules, let's jump into those blogs that review books for authors.
Later on, I'll explain the right way to ask a blog owner to review your book.
Some on review blogs this list are a little tricky to navigate, but I wanted to include a variety. Sadly, a lot of the really well laid out review blogs are overrun with requests and no longer accepting new ones.
When looking through this list of book review blogs, make sure to look for reviews with:
- books in your genre
- reviewers who give detailed feedback
- are accepting new review requests
- constructive feedback if they did not like a book
Note: The genre lists of book review blogs below are sorted by genre for your convenience. They are numbered in no particular order.
Use the Links Below to Jump to Review Blogs for Your Genre:
Paranormal / Urban Fantasy
Erotica / BDSM
Mystery / Thriller / Suspense
Sci-fi / Fantasy
Romance book review blogs:.
In no particular order, here are worthwhile blogs that review romance novels:
GPBR also has a lot going on for authors and reviews contemporary mainstream, erotic and dark romances, paranormal romances and romantic suspense. As well as reviews, GPBR also has opportunities for guest posting, author interviews, and an active Goodreads following.
While primarily a romance review blog on the surface, this website has a lot to offer. They review books in multiple genres and it has a lot of opportunities for authors. Including guest posting and author interviews. Check out the contact page for more information.
This site has so much for authors. They have reviews of course, but they also have book awards and readers choice specials. Because this is an entire team you’ll have to check out their “Get Reviewed” tab to see which reviewers are a fit for you and your book. Some genres only have one reviewer so those might have a slower turnaround. Keep that in mind as you make your request.
This blog is broken down into middle grade, young adult, and adult based on who the reviewer would recommend the book too.
Literary Titan is an organization of professional editors, writers, and professors that have a passion for the written word. Literary Titan reviews romance, and all of its sub-genres, as well as fantasy, mystery, horror, science fiction, memoirs and poetry. Literary Titan also conducts author interviews, and recognizes talented authors with their Literary Book Award where recipients are announced monthly.
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Book Review Blogs:
These blogs will review your paranormal or urban fantasy books:
This site is all about horror and the paranormal but if you have a strong romance plot sub or otherwise, I’d avoid these ladies. They are very clear about their preferences in their review policy. The genre’s they read include paranormal, urban fantasy, horror, speculative fiction, science fiction (limitedly), and epic fantasy.
Nada reads YA, NA romance, fantasy, thrillers. So if your book falls into one those categories this is the blog for you. With a search bar and a beautiful layout, this site is also an excellent place for your book.
This one is all about Christian books. That’s all they do. While Rachel might be a good fit if you have Christian themes or book on Christian living, CBR is the place for books where Christianity has a more prominent role.
Contemporary Book Review Blogs:
These blogs will do book reviews for contemporary books:
This two-woman show reviews books in the following genres fantasy, science-fiction (including steampunk and zombies), young adult, middle-grade, contemporary, dystopian, horror, and a HELL YES to graphic novels (of the mentioned genres).
This fangirl reads YA, NA & adult, fiction, contemporary, psychological thrillers, murder/mystery, graphic novels, and children's books. She’s also open to other genres so have a look at her blog and see if she might be a good fit.
Jessica accepts the following genres thrillers, mysteries, true crime, historical fiction, horror, general fiction, YA, and fantasy.
Samantha’s blog Dream by Day is a one-woman show. What sets her apart from others on this list is her love literary fiction. She also read mysteries and things but finding a reviewer who enjoys literary books was tough. She also has an Instagram where she shares book reviews giving you two opportunities. Her Insta following is small (for now) but as bookstagram grows in popularity so will this feed. She’s got the gorgeous photo thing down to a science.
Erotica / BDSM Book Review Blogs:
If your genre is erotica or BDSM, these book review blogs are worth checking out:
Romancer’s Rehab is a great little blog with a clear-cut rating system you can count on. Be sure to check this one out if you write erotica or other romance-related plots.
Totally booked only reads mobi files so that’s something to consider as you move forward. However, they share your review everywhere they are on the internet for maximum exposure. Definitely check them out.
Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Book Review Blogs:
For suspense, thriller and mystery book review blogs, these are your best bet:
Sharon is all about mysteries and crime. She’ll read crime fiction, true crime, thrillers/psychological thrillers, and mysteries (darker/noir). This dark themed blog goes right along with the books she reads. In her bio, Sharon mentions she’s in a few book clubs. Offering copies to the group might get more bang for your… time.
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Sci-fi/Fantasy Book Review Blogs:
For all the sci-fi and fantasy authors, these are the book review blogs for you:
This site is all about horror and the paranormal but if you have a strong romance plot sub or otherwise, I’d avoid these ladies. The genre’s they read include paranormal, urban fantasy, horror, speculative fiction, science fiction (limitedly), and epic fantasy.
This is an incredibly fun themed site that I just had to include! If you write science/tech-heavy fiction, or spy/secret government related books, this one is for you. The reviews titled “Travel Documents” and posted like a secret file make this one a blast for readers and authors alike. If you’re interested in having your book reviewed by Aces, you’ll have to head over to their facebook page.
This is another author turning to book reviews to help her fellow authors. I love seeing authors reaching out to readers and offering up books they enjoyed. We can’t possibly write enough books for most readers so share the love and write reviews. This is also a science fiction based blog.
Horror Book Review Blogs:
Here are blogs that will review horror books:
Historical Book Review Blogs:
Here are your historical book review blogs:
Young Adult Book Review Blogs:
These websites will review YA books:
Joel of the Fictional Fates website is strictly a young adult and middle-grade reader. He enjoys books in the following genres: fantasy (high, urban & fairy tale retellings), historical fiction, science fiction (sci-fi), contemporary, action/adventure, dystopian, paranormal, and mystery/crime. Note: Joel doesn’t have an eReader yet! So he prefers physical copies.
Middle-Grade Book Review Blogs:
For middle-grade, these blogs will do reviews:
Children’s Book Review Blogs:
If you write children's books , here are websites that will do book reviews:
Mundie kids a great place for MG and Children’s book authors to get some exposure for their books. They are not accepting unsolicited reviews at this time but put it in your calendar to check back in a month or so.
5. Realm of Books
Realm of Books is a great review site for middle-grade and children's book authors. It contains a relatively large volume of detailed, engaging reviews across a variety of genres, and they do accept requests for reviews.
Graphic Novel Review Blogs:
For graphic novels, here are your book review blogs:
Reading for sanity has multiple reviewers and accepts a variety of genres including graphic novels.
Christian Book Review Blogs:
These book review blogs will review Christian books:
This one is all about Christian books. That’s all they do. While Rachel might be a good fit if you have Christian themes or book on Christian living, CIBR is the place for books where Christianity has a more prominent role.
Another great blog that accepts Christian books. They suggest your book be accessible by local libraries so if you’re on Amazon only this may not be the blog for you. If you are on Kobo or Overdrive the library can order your ebook on request.
This blog has expanded from its original book focus to one that encompeses more family and parenting. However, Bethany’s love of reading still shines through and could be a happy home for both children’s books and adult fiction.
Dream by day is a great blog browse the reviews to see if your title would be a good fit. She enjoys a wide variety of books including christian titles and also offers author interviews.
Non-fiction Book Review Blogs:
These non-fiction book review blogs are worth checking out:
Memoir Review Blogs:
Finally, if you wrote a memoir and need reviews, here are book review blogs for you:
Rachel accepts young adult (All Genre), biography, true crime, memoirs, Christian living, non-Fiction (especially if it’s about cults), middle grade, adult fiction, thriller/mystery, comics, graphic novels, history, travel, and feminist literature.
I couldn’t write this post without making a note about bookstagramers. Instagram is a unique social media platform , but one not to be dismissed by authors. The hashtag on Instagram (#bookstagram) is an amazing place to find book reviews and reviewers that are engaged with readers. Most of these blogs had no comments. And I couldn’t find ones that did. I settled for active with more than 1k followers (if they listed their followers) and blogs that were accepting review requests.
With bookstagram you would be sending a physical copy of the book (most of the time) so they can photograph it for their feed and if all goes well you can offer to do a giveaway. They host it on their page and select a winner and you send out a book. (again keep in mind media mail and international shipping costs). The buzz around the give away will help your sales and the Instagrammer can grow their following. It’s that win/win I was talking about.
For even more book review blogs, please check out the table below. And if you know of any blogs that are missing, please reach out!
How to Get Your Book Reviewed by a Blog
Once you’ve found a book review blog that’s a good fit, you need to dig a little deeper. The first thing you need to check is whether or not they are accepting review requests.
If you want to stand out among the other review requests these bloggers get, look for a way to help them. If someone says “Please review my book” and someone else says “Please review my book, and I’d like to write a guest post for your site” which one do you think will get a yes? The second. If you write a post, that frees up a week of this bloggers time, you’ll be ahead of the game. They might not accept guest posts, so just be looking for a win-win opportunity as you do your research. If you’re website savvy you might offer to help them fix a glitch. Or you could feature their site in your newsletter. Put yourself in their shoes and try to be helpful.
How to Respond if They Say Yes:
If they say yes, you’ll most likely need to send them a copy of your book .
Most reviewers accept ebooks, but some don’t. Make sure you find out before you ask for the review.
Please use some kind of third-party to deliver ebooks. As a reviewer, I’ve received PDF copies of books and they are a pain to get on a Kindle or iPhone. You can also choose to enact DRM on your books, which will help with ARC’s especially.
- BookFunnel – Bookfunnel is an amazing tool to help distribute your books. For $20 dollars a year you can have one pen name , 500 downloads a month, and store 5 books. This is great for beginners. If you want to step it up a notch and use Bookfunnel for collecting email subscribers as well, you can do so for $100 a year.
- Instafreebie – Instafreebie (now Prolific Works) is another option for delivering your book to bloggers. Their free version might be a good option for those just starting out.
- StoryOrigin – When you use StoryOrigin, not only do you join a community of other authors, you basically have all the not-so-fun back end of things taken care of by using them. They help you build your email list, find reviewers, deliver lead magnets and more. Be sure to check them out!
Some reviewers require paperbacks. Bookstagrammers (book bloggers on Instagram covered later) need the physical copy for their pictures and others just prefer the physical book. Whatever the reason, be prepared for this. If you don’t want to send out paperbacks, look for how the book should be delivered in the “Review Policy” section of the blog. Most reviewers who want paperbacks will tell you right there.
NOTE: When mailing paperbacks to reviewers, select media mail at the post office. It’ll save you some money. Also, mailing things internationally is expensive. Keep that in mind when researching reviewers.
- NetGalley – If you are traditionally publishing and have not signed a contract yet, ask them to add at least 100 galley copies to the contract. These will be digital copies of the book you can send to reviewers through NetGalley. If you’re not traditionally published you can still use NetGalley, but you won’t have to worry about a limit on how many you’re allowed to give away.
Move on. Do not respond negatively. If they respond with no, thank them for their time and move on. If they don’t respond you can send one follow-up (unless noted otherwise on their site) then move on. Don’t waste time being upset.
The bottom line here is you need reviews. Amazon rankings and reader buying decisions are affected by them. But don’t freak out about negative reviews. Remember your book isn’t for everyone and when people leave a review saying why they didn’t like it, it will help your ideal readers find you and keep others who would leave negative reviews way.
So do your research, plan your ask, find a win/win, and get your book into the hands of the right readers to get more book reviews .
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11 Ways to Format Book Reviews for Your Blog || A Guide for Book Bloggers
There are several ways to format book reviews and hence it can be hard to pick one. Especially when you're in a blogging slump or don't know how to begin the review.
At such times, seeing other reviews for inspiration or options helps . It can give you an idea of how you want your book review to look and inspire you to start writing it.
This guide will help you write great reviews by listing out ideas, providing examples and inspiration—all in one place. We book bloggers need some help from time to time.
I was actually looking for a guide with book review formats to help with my indecision. When I googled variations of this title, I did not find any posts! So here I am, writing this guide, instead of writing the review that I've been procrastinating on for months 🙂
how to write a book review for your blog
Basic book review layouts, 11. book reviews with annotations, additional elements to level up your reviews, book review checklist.
Yes, this post is about formats but it is good to start with the basics.
The first rule of writing book reviews on your blog is to throw away all the rules that you were taught.
Reviewing books on blogs is very different from what we are taught in school. I definitely don't review the way I was taught. It is because that format is the standard for newspapers. Good formatting is very different for blogs.
Blogs are an entirely different domain with different features and requirements. You can do so much more with reviews on your blog.
Don't worry about going unconventional or trying a new review format. Those are fun . Don't think about sticking to the professional style as well. Shout in your reviews, if you want to! Use all caps, bold, GIFs, images—whatever you like.
It is YOUR blog. The only rules in place are the ones made by you. Instead of seeing how to write reviews that others will read, just write what you want to say. And choose a review format that fits what you want to say.
There are three basic parts in every review— introduction, basic information on the book, and your review.
The introduction is a few lines where you can say how you came across the book, why you picked it up, and a line on whether it surprised you or not. Or, it can be a short catchphrase to hook in readers. For example, "this book blew me away. I was not ready when I picked it up."
Basic information on the book can include title, author name, genre, category, blurb, publisher etc. You can also mention how you acquired it (bought/review copy).
The review part is where you explain your opinions and discuss the book. The 10 review formats that I'll mention soon is for this section.
There are three popular and basic layouts. Most people choose one and stick to it throughout their blog, but you can switch it up if you like.
- The book's information first, introduction, then review body. This is an easy format that a ton of book bloggers go for. Example: Dedra's review of Float Plan .
- Introduction, the book's information, and then review body. This is another fun way because you can give an introduction first without dealing with the blurb etc. Example: my review of The Right Swipe .
- Introduction, review body, and information on the book at the last. Use this when you want your words to be the highlight and stick the basic info at the end, in case people want to see it. Example: Kat's review of Game Changer .
You can skip the basic book info if you want but you'll have to give a brief on the book's plot yourself.
book review format ideas
Now onto the main part of the post. All the suggestions in this post are standard formats that you can take and apply to your reviews easily if your thoughts fit the format.
These ideas are for book reviews as individual blog posts but you can modify them for mini-reviews and social media reviews.
Note : I am NOT mentioning reviews that are free-flowing thoughts because those reviews don't involve a standard format across and are more specific to books and thoughts.
1. divide your review into basic categories
This is the most popular and easy method of formatting reviews. Choose categories and explain your views below the subheadings.
Basic categories are ones that everyone recognizes. For example plot, characters, writing style, and representation. The categories can change based on the genre. Romance books can have "romance" and "chemistry". Fantasy books can have "world-building". Mystery or thriller books can have "suspense".
Example reviews: Erin's review of Fable duology , my review of Drag Me Up
2. CAWPILE rating + review system
This is a rating system devised by Book Roast which makes your decision process easier when rating books. It is a categorized system that is standard across genres so you always have set categories to consider.
It can also extend into a reviewing format as you can mention your individual rating and explain why you gave that rating.
The categories and more are explained by the creator in this video .
Example review: Ursa's review of The Starless Sea , Bianca's review of Dark and Shallow Lies
3. divide into "liked" and "disliked" sections
This format is good if you have clear opinions on what you liked and didn't like. It is not good when you have conflicting thoughts about something.
Additionally, you can also have "liked", "it was okay", and "didn't like" sections .
Another way to phrase this would be "enjoyed" and "didn't enjoy."
Note that this review format is highly subjective so it is good for book reviews where you don't want to talk from a neutral perspective and want to only share your experiences and opinions.
Example: Marie's review of Crier's War , Janhabi's review of You Truly Assumed
4. divide into pros and cons sections
This is similar to the above review format but it is suitable for more neutral reviews i.e. reviews where you're stating facts like "this exists" which is generally a pro or a con like diversity, plot tropes etc.
To give you an idea, a pro for me is friends-to-lovers romance and con would be a bad/unnecessary third act break up in romance books.
Example reviews: Shealea's review of The Bone Shard Daughter
5. review using book-specific subheadings
Instead of using the basic categories, you can use custom and specific categories for the book. The categories can be "a great character arc", "disappointing ending", "brilliant chemistry" etc.
How to go about writing this review : note down the biggest things you want to talk about like "well-rounded characters", "contradicting plotlines", "plot holes" etc. Make these your subheadings and expand upon each of the points under them.
This does require a little bit of planning before starting the review. But it is a great format if you can't go into a review without a plan.
Examples: Kate's review of Black Sun , Avalinah's review of Skyhunter
6. list reasons why others should read the book
This is a great review format for books that you loved and want people to read. The title is catchy as well, so people are more likely to read your review.
The reasons can act as subheadings and you can expand on the point below the heading.
This also requires planning beforehand about the reasons you want to list. Make some notes with what you liked about the book, see if they can fit into "reasons", make a list of the reasons, and then start writing the review.
Examples: Joce's review of Where Dreams Descend , my review of The Henna Wars
7. reviews with discussions
This format is good for book reviews where the book includes a topic that you're very passionate about or you have a lot to say about the topic which is tangentially related to the book . Sometimes the posts may be more discussion than a review of the book, but it's okay! Many times, discussion posts do better than reviews so this would be hitting both categories.
These posts are rarer (from what I've seen, probably because they involve a lot of effort and opinions) but are very interesting to read. They include discussions, rants, and raves along with thoughts on the book. It's a great way to convince people to read a book you love or completely mark off a book you didn't like.
Examples: Anukriti's review of Loveless with a discussion on representation and college life , my review of Fahrenheit 451 discussing books along with annotations
8. "thoughts while reading" reviews
These are almost like vlogs. You take the reader with you on your experience of reading the book. This is a fun way to review books if you want to showcase your feelings/thoughts, especially if the book has a lot of plot twists or invoked a ton of feelings in you. You can annotate when reading or make notes elsewhere and use it for this review.
This would be very fun with spoiler-filled reviews. Doing it spoiler-free would be a bit of a challenge.
Examples: Isabella's review of We Free The Stars , Riza's review of This is How You Lose The Time War
9. spoiler-free and spoiler-filled sections
This is for when you NEED to talk at length about parts in the book that are spoilers but also want to pitch the book to new readers.
Having spoiler-free and spoilers-aplenty sections is very fun. I almost always do it with my Kdrama reviews , and it can be done with book reviews too!
Example reviews: my review of This Is How You Lose the Time War , Mehek's review of Tiny Pretty Things
10. free-flowing thoughts that are loosely categorized
This is a very popular, and sometimes easy, reviewing style. It can make the reader feel like they are having a casual conversation with you as the entire review flows together.
At the same time, there are clearly sections in the review which makes it easier for you to write and for the reader to follow. This format is good whether you plan it beforehand or not. It allows both.
In order to subtly separate the sections of your review where you talk about different topics, you can use quotes as a divider . Quotes that match your points will fit in very well. Some bloggers use their custom post-dividers for this as well.
Note: try to highlight important parts of your review so that it is easier to skim. Yes, we'd love our readers to read every word but sometimes life is just too busy and highlights help.
Examples: my review of American Betiya , Minna's review of The Poppy War
If you annotate your books, you HAVE to try writing reviews with pictures of your annotations. This way, you can share what resonated with you the most as well. Annotating books is very fun and I assure you that people will want to know how you annotate and your annotation process for every book. It doesn't get boring.
Examples: my review of Fahrenheit 451 , Cosette's "annotate with me" post on Babel
Book reviews can be much more than just talking about the book. You can spice it up by including elements that can help the reader know more about the book. These are some suggestions that come to my mind but there are innumerable ideas that you can implement.
content and/or trigger warnings
I'm putting this under additional elements that you can add, but you SHOULD add them . Content and trigger warnings are NOT interchangeable. They mean different things. But you can use "content warnings" as a blanket term for both of them.
Just mention warnings somewhere in your reviews (I generally put them along with basic info) so that readers can be aware of any topics they may want to avoid.
Read this post by Marie to understand more on why you should include warnings.
"let's chat" section at the end
It can be termed "let's chat", "talk to me", "shout your opinions", or whatever else. You can include a section at the end with some questions for the readers. Basically, a call to action.
Book reviews are hard to comment on unless the reader has either read the book or connected to a topic in the book. You can make it easier for them to comment by adding questions to prompt them.
They can be general or specific questions relating to the book. Do include at least one general question as that would be easier to reply to.
your own short version of the blurb
Many bloggers include a few lines on the plot themselves even after including the basic information in order to explain more about the book. This is a grey area because sometimes it is redundant.
If you include the book's blurb in your review, and it explains everything, don't add another version of your own. Only do it if the official blurb is inadequate* or if you are not including the official blurb at all.
*I've seen this happen a lot with romance books which was why I used to write my own blurb. Some books have blurbs like "he is bad for me, yet I wanted him. But I can't have him." It's SO ANNOYING. Many times the book is actually good but the blurbs suck!
Like content and trigger warnings, you can have a small section to mention the various representations present in the book. By representation, I mean factors like disability, mental illness, Asian-American characters, sapphic love etc.
This can be a helpful section if readers are looking for books with specific factors for readathons or challenges . Other times it just signals how diverse the book is.
Example: Gargee's review of American Betiya
custom ratings and rating images
First of all, I believe ratings themselves are optional. I don't use ratings on my book reviews anymore because they are not sufficient to indicate all that I want to say.
If you do include ratings, you can level them up by using images that relate to your blog theme like Leelyn .
You can also use a modified rating system like Shealea or completely switch it up to a system of your own.
links to Own Voices reviews
There is a ton of discussion on using the term "Own Voices" because experiences and views can be wildly different. Not all Indians would relate to my story and vice-versa. The publishing industry has also started to misuse the term which has caused many to stop using the term at all.
Read this post by Camillea to know more about the term "Own Voices" and what "Own Voices review" means.
In the end, I still think the term has its merits when it comes to reviewing. Especially because only Own Voices reviewers can properly point out accurate and problematic representations.
If you're reviewing a book that represents a marginalized group for which you are NOT an Own Voice reviewer, consider linking to Own Voices reviews. They might bring up important points that you would not have noticed.
For example, I quoted and linked Own Voices reviews in my review of Children of Blood and Bone . I simply didn't like the book and noticed some concerns raised when going through other negative reviews so I linked them in my review.
recommended if/avoid if
This is a cool way to end reviews. Readers can quickly make decisions about whether to pick up the book or not based on general tropes and factors.
For example, check out Julia's review of The Guinevere Deception .
I've seen some bloggers do this and it is so fun to see! Mood boards and aesthetics can be images or collages that depict the book's setting or the characters.
For example, you can look at Cielo's review of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and Lila's review of Raybearer .
a quotes section
If you don't like adding a few quotes in the middle of the review, or simply have too many that you want to share, you can add a quotes section at the end and share your highlights.
These quotes can sometimes be enough to convince readers to understand the writing style and get hooked on the book.
For example, my review of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone .
When writing book reviews, we can be very focused on putting down our thoughts and might forget to include all the required elements in the review. To help, I've created a handy checklist of elements you should have in every book review to refer to before hitting publish.
If you are already a part of the inner circle, you can directly access the checklist in the resource library . If you're not, you can get instant access by signing up below!
There is no right or wrong way to write a book review , especially on YOUR blog. The mentioned ways to format book reviews for your blog are just my opinions and suggestions. At the end of the day, you write your reviews and you should do it the way you like best.
You also don't have to stick to a format throughout your blog. Sure, it creates a brand, especially if it is a unique reviewing format (like what Kat @ Novels and Waffles uses with on-brand terms like "ingredients", "kitchen of the author", and "cooking directions"). But sometimes, you need the flexibility to choose formats based on the books. Allow yourself to experiment and try out new things.
This is also not an exhaustive list of ways to format book reviews. There are so many unique styles and many more generic formats. These are the ones that are easy to pick up and apply to your reviews if you're stuck.
Related post: How to Make Your Blog Posts More Readable
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Are you a book blogger? Do you use any of the review formats that I've mentioned in this post? Do you use any additional elements in your reviews?
What are your favourite kinds of reviews to read? Have I missed any easy review format? If so, do mention it in the comments and I'll mention your comment in the post!
Also, is there any blogger whose reviews you love to read because of their reviewing style or format? Give them a shoutout in the comments so the rest of us can admire them too!
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100 Best Blogs for Book Reviews
It seems that a large number of book fanatics love to write about what they've read almost as much as doing the actual reading. That's a good thing for the rest of the readers out there, because blogs about books are an excellent way to discover great books without wasting your valuable time on the bad ones. Along with reading top book review blogs, students are exposed to excellent classic and contemporary books through traditional and online master's degrees in English literature . Check out these blogs that are all dedicated to reviewing books.
General Fiction Reviews
These blogs feature book reviews across many different fiction categories such as classics, world literature, literary fiction, mystery, young adult, and more. The books read by these bloggers go beyond what you'd come across in typical English degree programs .
- Becky's Book Reviews . Becky reviews all sorts of fiction ranging from classics to science fiction to young adult fiction.
- books i done read . Get plenty of witty humor with the book reviews on this blog.
- bookshelves of doom . This prolific reader reviews books of all kinds and includes the source of her books as well.
- Absorbed in Words . The reviews here have an emphasis on books translated from Japanese , but include many other fiction books too.
- Bookdwarf . A frontlist buyer at the Harvard Book Store, this book lover writes reviews on literature, book covers, and much more on her blog.
- Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin'? . Check out the literary fiction reviews here that come with ratings from 1-100.
- Here There be Books . Anastasia blogs mostly about fiction in young adult, fantasy, sci-fi, and adventure.
- Books and Musings from Downunder . The reviews here include tons of helpful information such as genre, opening sentence, and rating (A+, A, B, C, D).
- It's all about me (time) . These books cross genres ranging from chick lit to classics to world literature.
- Lynda's Book Blog . This Welsh blogger reviews all types of books including thrillers, world literature, mysteries, classics, and even some non-fiction.
- Peachybooks . Blogging from Britain, many of the books Jo writes about here are from or about the UK.
- Stephanie's Confessions of a Book-a-holic . Stephanie participates in many book challenges and posts about them all on her blog.
- The Book Nest . The books here tend to more young adult and fantasy, but a wide range of other genres are also covered due to the many challenges and book tours in which Corinne participates.
- The Boston Bibliophile . Literary fiction, Jewish fiction and non-fiction, and graphic novels are all reviewed here.
- Caribousmom . The books reviewed here are generally literary fiction, mystery, and historical novels.
- Rhapsodyinbooks's Weblog . Written by a husband and wife team, this blog covers all sorts of fiction.
- Whimpulsive . Mystery, young adult, memoirs, and historical fiction are just a few of the genres represented among these reviews.
- Rose City Reader . This prolific reviewer also includes links to other reviews–providing you with lots of information about books.
- Worducopia . Books and writing both get billing on this blog that features lots of fiction with some non-fiction also included.
- We Be Reading . K and Z are a mom and son team (with mom doing most of the actual writing) that cover both adult and children's literature.
- A Work in Progress . Biographies, historical fiction, mysteries, and more show up on this blog.
- things mean a lot . The books reviewed here include historical fiction, general fiction, YA, graphic novels, and more.
- Books on the Nightstand . This blog features not only a variety of genres from graphic novels to "bathroom reading" to classics, it also offers options for how to get the book reviews with both written reviews and podcasts.
Children and Young Adult Reviews
Children's literature and young adult literature are the focus of these blogs.
- Guys Lit Wire . This blog features books that are of interest to teenage boys.
- a wrung sponge . Get reviews of children and young adult literature and poetry as well as books for parents here.
- Book Nut . Melissa reviews adult fiction as well here, but the bulk of her posts are on children's and young adult literature. She includes age ranges on each, too.
- Bookworm 4 Life . Written by a librarian at a public library, the books here focus mostly on teen literature.
- Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast . While not following the traditional book review format, this blog gives the low-down on authors, illustrators, and the books themselves from this genre.
- A Fuse #8 Production . Check out this blog for in-depth reviews of kid lit.
- Jen Robinson's Book Page . Jen writes reviews about kid lit and includes age ranges, publication information, and sources of her books.
- Maw Books Blog . YA fiction, kid lit, and even a bit of historical fiction and author interviews end up on this blog.
- Shelf Elf: read, write, rave . Children's and young adult's books are featured on this blog as well as news and updates about books and authors in this field.
- GreenBeanTeenQueen . If you are looking for reviews on teen and tween literature, then let this librarian guide you with her reviews.
- The Book Cellar . The reviews of YA literature here are done by the 16 year-old blogger who posts a short excerpt from the book along with her review and a rating based on a 5-star system.
- Pop Culture Junkie . While most of the books here are YA, there are also reviews on other types of fiction as well.
- The Story Siren . The YA reviews here include a star rating system for separate components of each book, including overall, plot, characters, ending, writing, and cover.
- Tempting Persephoneâ¦ . Written by a young adult librarian, the books here have a decidedly fantasy/alternate reality bent to them.
These blogs share the reviewing work with some blogs having many reviewers and others only a few. The differing perspectives from them offer a wider range of opinion.
- 26 books . What started as one reader reviewing 26 books in one year has grown to multiple reviewers and hundreds of books.
- BookFetish . This collaborative blog features reviews on mysteries and thrillers, young adult, fantasy, and more.
- Omnivoracious' Amazon Blog . A collaborative effort from Amazon.com, this blog covers everything from cook books to fiction.
- The New Book Review . Readers, reviewers, and authors can submit their reviews here which cover a wide variety of genres.
- Book Nook Club . These 13 book reviewers cover many different genres and encourage their readers to leave comments to for further discussion.
- Five Borough Book Review . A group of 20-something New Yorkers, they review books as varied as they are.
- Shelf Love . Jenny and Teresa review everything from classics to contemporary fiction to children's literature.
Industry and Professional Reviewers
From national newspapers to web magazines, these blogs provide reviews from professionals.
- ArtsBeat . This blog from the New York Times looks at books, their authors, and news surrounding both.
- Book Soup Blog . Book Soup is a book store in Los Angeles and they include reviews of new literature on this blog.
- New York Review of Books . The reviews here focus on non-fiction books covering topics such as health care, politics, and more.
- A Different Stripe . These reviews are from The New York Review of Books Classics.
- Blog of a Bookslut . The blog from this popular web magazine covers book reviews and book news.
- Critical Mass . From National Book Critics Circle Board of Directors, this blog not only features a wide variety of book reviews, but also news from the publishing industry.
- Jacket Copy . This blog from the LA Times features book reviews and other publishing and book news.
History and Historical Fiction
Fans of history and historical fiction will love these blogs, which provide a great diversion for those pursuing graduate degrees in history .
- Carla Nayland Historical Fiction . Carla writes about her favorite genre, historical fiction, on her blog.
- Age 30+â¦A Lifetime of Books . Memoirs and historical fiction both feature on this mom's blog, with the occasional kid lit, too.
- A Reader's Respite . Don't expect any kind of dry account of historical fiction on this blog where high camp is king.
- Steven Till . Historical fiction, medieval history terms of the week, and a good dose of fantasy are all included on this blog.
- TOCWOC – A Civil War Blog . This blog is all about the Civil War and reviews mostly non-fiction works.
- News and Random Musings about Historical Novels . This blog from HistoricalNovels.info includes plenty of book reviews.
- Historical Tapestry . This collaborative blog features historical novels from several different eras.
- Julie K. Rose . Written by a historical novelist, this blog shares book reviews, definitions of obscure words, and sneak peeks at books-in-progress.
- Writing the Renaissance . While writing her own historical fiction novel, this blogger also reviews books and talks about renaissance history.
- The Biblio Blogazine . Historical fiction is this blogger's book of choice, but you may see other types of books reviewed here too.
- Bookfoolery and Babble . Lots of different types of books are reviewed here, but historical fiction and history books tend to surface the most.
Mystery and Thriller
Whether mystery, crime, or thrillers are your thing, these blogs will offer plenty of great suggestions for you.
- Kittling: Book . Mysteries and thrillers feature highly here, but you can also find a smattering of historical fiction and biographies too.
- Bookgasm . Crime, mystery, thrillers, and even a bit of non-fiction turn up on this blog.
- Jen's Book Thoughts . Jen reviews mystery novels and also includes author interviews.
- The Drowning Machine . Mystery and crime novels are the focus of this blog. Recent posts have featured a short story contest they've been running, but the book reviews should be back soon.
Romance novels seem to beckon a variety of different review styles and these blogs highlight some of the best.
- The Book Smugglers . Romance and fantasy books are both featured on this blog–and bonus points for romance fantasy books.
- Book Binge . These three women blog about their passion for romance novels.
- RipMyBodice.com . The three women here write reviews of romance novels and don't take themselves too seriously.
- Babbling About Books, and More . Not only does KB babble about romance novels, she also has fun with words and silly photos.
- Gossamer Obsessions . This blogger offers an enjoyable breakdown of the cast of characters and the traditional romance novel devices used in the reviews here.
- Racy Romance Reviews . Here you'll find a philosophy professor who reads romance novels and blog about the books themselves and the genre.
- ReadingAdventures . Romance and historical fiction are found on this blog.
- Smart Bitches, Trashy Books . These two smart women review romance novels and give them a grade from A+ to F.
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Adventure
If you like your books a little out of this world, then check out these blogs that feature science fiction, fantasy, and adventure.
- BestScienceFictionStories.com . Science fiction short stories and novelettes are reviewed on this blog.
- Exclusively Books . Written by a group of Latter-day Saint women, these books are mostly fantasy and adventure. The ladies warn of bad language and adult content, too.
- Stuff as Dreams are Made Onâ¦ . Chris enjoys reading and reviewing fantasy, sci-fi, YA, and even a bit of general fiction.
- Bold. Blue. Adventure. . Sci-fi and fantasy are the favorites here, along with a good dose of YA and graphic novels.
- The Book Pirate . While not all the books reviewed here are about pirates, it doesn't hurt if they feature zombies, fantasy, or sea monsters.
- The Book Zombie . Eerie seems to be the tone of most of these books, which may include young adult and adult literature.
- bombastic bagman . These book reviews tend to fantasy and alternate realities. Comics and mysteries that overlap with fantasy are also represented.
- Bibliophile Stalker . This blog looks at books from the speculative fiction and fantasy genre.
- SciFiGuy.ca . SciFiGuy reviews focus on urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and speculative fiction and fantasy.
- The Galaxy Express . Science fiction romance is the genre de jour at this blog.
Graphic Novels and Comic Books
It's time to take this genre seriously, and these blogs are a great way to learn about it.
- Jog – The Blog . Manga, old-fashioned comics, and graphic novels are just a few of the genres reviewed here.
- The Weekly Crisis . Get comic book reviews here from four reviewers that include Moments of the Week, Cover of the Week, manga, and more.
- Warren Peace Sings the Blues . Comics of all varieties, including manga, are reviewed here.
From book covers to regional authors to terrible books, these blogs offer a perspective that's a bit different from the rest.
- The Book Design Review . This blog proves you can judge a book by its cover. This blog is all about the design of books.
- Reading Local: Portland . Focusing on the literary world in Portland, Oregon, this blog features reviews of books by Portland authors as well as other news and events in the area.
- In Spring it is the Dawn . This Canadian blogger has been living in Japan for about 8 years and reviews a steady stream of books from Japanese writers or set in Japan.
- YA Fabulous . This blog reviews and discusses young adult books with GLBT themes.
- Awful Library Books . Two librarians have made it their mission to weed out terrible books that are actually on library shelves. See which ones they select on this blog.
- Judge a Book by its Cover . In the vein of awful books, this blog features books with really bad covers. Beware of some adult content.
Mixed Bag of Genres
These blogs cover a wide variety of genres and even stretch out into reviews of other mediums such as movies.
- Blog | Book Dads . This blog highlights books about dads and their relationships with their children. Adult, young adult, and children's literature are all reviewed.
- Books, Movies and Chinese Food . Most of the books reviewed by this grad student are Christian fiction.
- it's dark in the dark . This blog features scary books and rates them on creepy factor, suspense factor, weird erotic tension factor, and funny and/or strange factor.
- S. Krishna's Books . World literature book reviews are featured along with music and photography on this blog.
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The book blog sites listed in our directory are vetted for quality: they are active, have clear review policies, and usually have a good following on social media. In fact, the ~1000 book blogs in our catalog have a cumulative following of over 1,000,000 readers . The most popular book review sites in our catalog have between 10,000 and 70,000 followers.
Many of these sites not only review books but also accept guest posts, do cover reveals, and participate in blog tours. While the top book blogs tend be YA book review blogs and romance book review blogs , we also feature less common genres like travel book review blogs , business book review blogs , comic book blogs , and paranormal book blogs .
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How to start a book blog
Ever finished reading an interesting book and wished you could discuss it with someone? Or read a great book that you're dying to recommend to everyone?
Book blogging is a fun way to connect with book lovers all over the world. Luisa Plaja, the former editor of Chicklish , a teen fiction site which ran from 2006 to 2014, gives her top ten tips for starting your own book blog.
1. Start by thinking up a name for your blog
You can name it after yourself (e.g. 'Katie Reads'), or invent a name that fits your vision for the blog or its special focus. For example, Chicklish got its name from its origins as a review site for romantic comedy books for teenagers, so 'a bit like chick lit'.
Some examples of other existing book blog names that could help you to name your own blog include:
- Wondrous Reads
- I Want To Read That
- Serendipity Reviews
and so many more...
2. Decide which blogging platform to use
Two of the most popular free ones are Blogger and Wordpress . However there are many others out there - for example, Chicklish used Typepad .
3. Have a look at some existing blogs for inspiration
Find a great list of UK blogs for inspiration on layout and themes, and decide what you want your site to look like. Most blogging software will prompt you to choose a template as soon as you register, but feel free to play around and try out different looks until you find one you like as it can usually be changed later.
4. Start your blog!
If your platform allows it (and most of them do), create a separate page called something like 'About', where you can introduce yourself and your aims for the site. Or you might want to include a page called 'Review Policy', where you outline whether you'll accept books for review from authors and publishers, and what kinds of books you'll consider (specify the genre and format - will you accept e-books?)
Include a contact email (perhaps by creating a new email address that uses your blog name) or, if you'd rather not receive private messages, prompt enquirers to post a public comment for your attention instead.
5. Add some posts
Start by reviewing books you've recently read, or write about books you want to read. If you've exhausted the contents of your bookshelves and wishlist, it is easy to borrow books from the library for review. Publishers and authors might offer you review copies as time goes on, but build your blog first from books you've obtained yourself.
6. Join in with memes
Two popular examples of this are 'In My Mailbox', where you list all the books you've received or borrowed in a given week, and 'Waiting on Wednesday', where you write about an upcoming release you're looking forward to - and post it on a Wednesday!
7. Join in or start some reading challenges
It's a great way to feel a part of the wonderful online book community and encourage people to get involved with your blog!
8. Write some 'list' posts
For example, you could write about your five favourite reads this year, your favourite characters, or your book gift ideas. You can illustrate each one with a book cover.
You can also go to a site such as Goodreads for book information and cover images, or if you're reviewing a book from a series, a great place to find full series listings is Fantastic Fiction .
9. List your favourite book sites
List your favourite sites on your blog, in a sidebar. Make sure you comment regularly on other sites. The book blogging community is generous and wonderful, so it shouldn't be long before you have regular readers and commenters.
10. Have fun!
Are Book Review Blogs Profitable?
Published by letter review on 03/08/2022 03/08/2022.
Writing book reviews is an excellent way to engage with a book you’ve read and to give potential readers a taste of the experience. Book review blogs are relatively widespread and can be a lucrative career path.
Book review blogs are usually not profitable , but people can make money from them. Money made from blogging usually comes from sponsorships, ads, and affiliate marketing. A book review blogger may even make money through commissions.
Read further to develop a deeper understanding of book review blogging and how online book critics can cash in on their reviews.
What Is a Book Review Blog?
A book review blog is a website dedicated to reviewing books. Bloggers usually keep their blog as a hobby, and not as a job they get paid for. However, it can earn them money in a few different ways.
Anyone with an interest in books can become a book review blogger. They don’t need anyone’s permission to review a book or run a review blog, and they can post on their blog as frequently or rarely as they want.
Well-known book blogs include The LitBuzz , The Taurus Reads , and Reedsy Discovery .
Not everyone can become a full-time book review blogger to pay the rent. To make money off blogging, you need to drive quite a bit of traffic to your site and have a significant and loyal following.
How To Make Money With Book Review Blogs
Book review blogs aren’t necessarily the first thing you think of in successful business ventures. But they have the potential to make you some serious money if you put some work into it and do a few things. Advertising, sponsorships, and donations all work to help you make a living with your book review blog.
Let’s look more closely at these actions you can take to earn a living.
Authors often approach reviewers to ask for their input, promote their book on their blog, or for a sponsored spotlight post . Reviewers can and should ask for monetary compensation for advertising an author’s book on their page.
Additionally, bloggers can agree to have Google ads placed on their blogs using Google AdSense . This is a simple way to get ads on your site and keep track of whose ads are being posted and how much revenue those ads are generating.
You do this by pasting the ad code on your blog where you want the ad to be placed, and the highest ad bidder gets to occupy that spot on your page . Google will then deal with billing and pay you the money generated by these ads.
The money is generated through clicks, impressions, and leads triggered by the ad.
There isn’t a solid average amount of money that you can or will make per month. However, staying consistent with your work and producing quality work will undoubtedly give you a leg-up on the competition .
Affiliate Marketing and Sponsorships
In this instance, affiliate marketing is when an online marketer pays a book blogger money to promote their product or service .
They’ll get paid for every visitor they bring to the marketer’s site. Typically, the blogger will get a percentage of every sale made through their affiliate link on their blog.
Bloggers could also get paid sponsorships to promote other brands, which could include partnering with a writer for a book giveaway, which benefits the author and the blogger. Alternatively, they could feature products in their blogs relating to their content.
For example, they could be paid to include links to reading lights, handmade bookmarks, and other items.
Affiliate marketing and sponsorships are excellent for bloggers to create lasting business relationships with brands and authors. It can instill great confidence in their audience, letting them know that this blogger is reputable.
The downside is that this option only becomes available with a reasonably large following. It’s improbable that a blogger will get paid when they’re just starting, similar to how YouTubers have to gain a following before being approached by brands who want to sponsor them.
Don’t be disheartened by this, because if your content is good and you gather a large following, becoming a brand affiliate or getting sponsorships is an attainable goal.
If you watch YouTube videos or follow artists on social media, you have most likely come across Patreon . Patreon is one of the many ways content creators can monetize their work, in addition to Ko-Fi , SubStack , and other crowdfunding alternatives.
As most content creators do so for free, at least initially, once they gain a following, they can begin offering exclusive content for paying “members” or ask for donations for their work, as Wikipedia does.
Crowdfunding is a pretty good low-pressure way to earn money. If your followers enjoy your work enough, they’ll be willing to pay for it or contribute to your ongoing content creation.
However, it also doesn’t force casual readers to fork over money for something they haven’t invested in. Crowdfunding isn’t always reliable or stable in this regard, which means it’s not the best option for someone who wants to make a living as a blogger.
How To Become a Book Review Blogger
To become a book review blogger, identify the tone you want to write with, what books you want to review, and who you want your audience to be. There are several blogs that review books of every genre and length, but many of them also focus on a particular genre.
For example, a reviewer might focus on horror literature or young adult fiction .
You’ll also need to decide what content you want to make before deciding who your target audience will be. Religion-based books have a particular audience, as do sports and fitness books.
If you’re blogging as a hobby, you don’t need to worry about driving a lot of traffic to your blog to monetize your work. However, if you want to generate revenue with your reviews, you need to ensure that there’s a big enough market for your content that you’ll get a fair amount of traffic.
Remember that book reviewing isn’t all about the critic’s opinion. To adequately review a book, you need to know some background about the author, the topic they’re writing about, and what makes a book successful.
This includes whether or not the book you’re reviewing achieved what it set out to achieve, which is the hallmark of a good book, not whether or not you found it entertaining.
If this is more of a hobby, feel free to give your opinion liberally. But, if you want your reviews to be taken seriously, you need to take a more objective stance. Learn more about the relationship between monetization and website traffic on Robben Media’s page.
Though not an overnight phenomenon, book review bloggers have several viable ways of generating income with their blogs. To do so, however, they need to ensure that they produce work for which there’s a market and will drive traffic to their website.
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