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Book Nerdection

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

Genres: Romance

2,000 p/month

Featuring trusted thriller book reviews, awards and author lists, helps mystery and thriller fans discover the best new books and writers.

Blogger: Bella

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

2,300 p/month

Are you a cozy mystery lover? Well, any mystery book really? Come by to check out our reviews, recommendations and more! Long live cozies!

Blogger: Luna

A book review site with a difference, providing in-depth book reviews, while focusing on character analyses and exposure to different cultures and countries.

Blogger: Diana

Genres: Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Non-Fiction, and Science Fiction

3,700 p/month

books irl is committed to highlighting and celebrating various diverse characters, stories, and authors.

Blogger: Alex

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

75,000 p/month

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

25,000 p/month

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

11,000 p/month

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

300 p/month

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

360 p/month

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:

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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Really Good Actually Monica Heisey

There are lots of new books due in 2023 which I’m looking forward to reading and my list continues to expand by the day. All publication dates where known apply to the United Kingdom only.

There are some promising looking debut novels out in January including Really Good, Actually by Monica Heisey  loosely based on the author’s experience of getting divorced in her late 20s and We All Want Impossible Things by Catherine Newman about female friendship. Death of a Bookseller by Alice Slater is one of the most intriguing crime fiction debut titles and will be published in April. Continue reading →

Tagged as 2023 , Book , Fiction , Literary Fiction , Non fiction , Novels , Reading

There were three novels which really stood out for me in 2022. Case Study by Graeme Macrae Burnet was longlisted for the Booker Prize last year and skilfully presents the fictional biography of psychoanalyst Arthur Collins Braithwaite as authentic source material.

Careless by Kirsty Capes is an excellent debut novel which was longlisted for this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. It is about a 15-year-old girl in care who discovers that she is pregnant and Capes handles the narrative very convincingly.

I’m Sorry You Feel That Way by Rebecca Wait is a memorable novel about the impact of mental health and dysfunctional family dynamics, which sounds depressing but is written with very dry humour.

Case Study Graeme Macrae Burnet

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For Richer For Poorer Victoria Coren

Tagged as Book , Book Review , Book Reviews , Claire Fuller , Fiction , Gary Younge , Haruki Murakami , Memoir , Non fiction , Novels , Reading , Reviews , Victoria Coren

Traitor King Andrew Lownie

Tagged as Andrew Lownie , Book , Book Review , Book Reviews , Craig Brown , Dave Eggers , Fiction , Non fiction , Novels , Reading , Reviews

Trust Hernan Diaz

Tagged as Book , Book Review , Book Reviews , Booker Prize 2022 , Fiction , Hernan Diaz , Jonathan Freedland , Non fiction , Novels , P. D. James , Reading , Reviews , Shaun Bythell

And Finally Henry Marsh

Tagged as Ann Patchett , Book , Book Review , Book Reviews , Cormoran Strike , Crime Fiction , Fiction , Henry Marsh , Non fiction , Novels , Reading , Reviews , Robert Galbraith

Booth Karen Joy Fowler

Tagged as Book , Book Review , Book Reviews , Booker Prize , Booker Prize 2022 , Fiction , Janice Hallett , Karen Joy Fowler , Patrick Radden Keefe , Rebecca Wait

Notes on an Execution Danya Kukafka

Tagged as Book , Book Review , Book Reviews , Clark Collis , Danya Kukafka , Fiction , Marie le Conte , Non fiction , Novels , Reading , Rebecca Wait , Reviews

Booker Prize 2022 Longlist

Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo Trust by Hernan Diaz The Trees by Percival Everett Booth by Karen Joy Fowler Treacle Walker by Alan Garner The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shahan Karunatilaka Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan Case Study by Graeme Macrae Burnet The Colony by Audrey Magee Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies by Maddie Mortimer Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley After Sappho by Selby Lynn Schwartz Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout

Tagged as Book , Book Awards , Booker Prize , Booker Prize 2022 , Literary Awards , Literary Fiction , Literature , Novels , Reading

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A Waiter in Paris Edward Chisholm

Tagged as Abi Morgan , Book , Book Review , Book Reviews , Edward Chisholm , Memoir , Memoirs , Non fiction , Paris , Patrick Radden Keefe , Reading , Reviews , Sam Knight

About A Son David Whitehouse

Tagged as Andrea Elliott , Book , Book Review , Book Reviews , David Whitehouse , Elspeth Barker , Fiction , Non fiction , Novels , Reading , Reviews , Ruth Ozeki

I don’t usually read many books about music in such a short space of time, but I have read some good non-fiction titles on the subject so far this year, which largely conclude that working in the music industry is not very good for your health.

A Seat at the Table Amy Raphael

Tagged as Amy Raphael , Book , Book Review , Book Reviews , Health , Ian Winwood , Jonathan Noble , Memoir , Memoirs , Music , Nick Duerden , Non fiction , Reading , Reviews , Rock Music

How Words Get Good Rebecca Lee

Tagged as Ben Machell , Book , Book Review , Book Reviews , Fiction , Kirsty Capes , Non fiction , Otegha Uwagba , Reading , Rebecca Lee , Reviews

Taste Stanley Tucci

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No One Round Here Reads Tolstoy Mark Hodkinson

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The Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist 2022

The Bread the Devil Knead by Lisa Allen-Agostini Salt Lick by Lulu Allison Careless by Kirsty Capes Remote Sympathy by Catherine Chidgey The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller Flamingo by Rachel Elliott The Sentence by Louise Erdrich Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason The Exhibitionist by Charlotte Mendelson The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki This One Sky Day by Leone Ross The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton Creatures of Passage by Morowa Yejidé

Tagged as Book , Book Awards , Fiction , Literary Awards , Literary Fiction , News , Novels , Reading , Women's Prize for Fiction

Case Study Graeme Macrae Burnet


Tagged as Book , Book Review , Book Reviews , Fiction , Graeme Macrae Burnet , Hanya Yanagihara , Literary Fiction , Non fiction , Novels , Reading , Reviews , Tom Nancollas

Empire of Pain Patrick Radden Keefe

Tagged as Arthur Sackler , Book , Book Awards , Book Review , Book Reviews , Empire of Pain , Fall , History , John Preston , Non fiction , Patrick Radden Keefe , Reading , Reviews , Robert Maxwell

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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:

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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 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:

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:

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Mystery / Thriller / Suspense

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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.

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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.

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.

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 .

Dave Chesson

When I’m not sipping tea with princesses or lightsaber dueling with little Jedi, I’m a book marketing nut. Having consulted multiple publishing companies and NYT best-selling authors, I created Kindlepreneur to help authors sell more books. I’ve even been called “The Kindlepreneur” by Amazon publicly, and I’m here to help you with your author journey.

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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.

You can skip the basic book info if you want but you'll have to give a brief on the book's plot yourself.

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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diversity/representation overview

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.

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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 .

mood boards/aesthetics

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 .

Children and Young Adult Reviews

Children's literature and young adult literature are the focus of these blogs.

Collaborative Blogs

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.

Industry and Professional Reviewers

From national newspapers to web magazines, these blogs provide reviews from professionals.

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 .

Mystery and Thriller

Whether mystery, crime, or thrillers are your thing, these blogs will offer plenty of great suggestions for you.

Romance novels seem to beckon a variety of different review styles and these blogs highlight some of the best.

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.

Graphic Novels and Comic Books

It's time to take this genre seriously, and these blogs are a great way to learn about it.

Unique Genres

From book covers to regional authors to terrible books, these blogs offer a perspective that's a bit different from the rest.

Mixed Bag of Genres

These blogs cover a wide variety of genres and even stretch out into reviews of other mediums such as movies.

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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.

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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:

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?

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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. 

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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. 

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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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