In which I explain my new review structure, which will allow me to balance what is enjoyable for me with what is helpful for you.
Since this blog started, I’ve been kind of torn. On the one hand, I want my reviews to be spoiler-free, because a big majority of people who read reviews are obviously going to be people who haven’t read the book. But at the same time, I want to rant and connect with people who have read the book, and if I do that, it’s going to be a spoilerfest. It’s been a dilemma.
I’ve done it various ways.
- The not-really-a-review with an overall opinion at the end (honestly, probably the most fun for me, but the least helpful for anyone else)
- The completely spoiler-free review, where I barely got to talk about the book at all (not as fun for me).
- The mostly spoilery rant, with a quick no-spoilery opinion at the top (not as fun for you, because if you haven’t read it, you have to skip the majority of the post, and the review is so short as to almost not be helpful anyway)
- The mostly spoiler-free review with the I-just-can’t-help-myself rant thrown in (probably the best solution so far, but not at all perfect).
So the thing is, if this was a review blog and if I weren’t the person I am, I would write a thoughtful, free-of-spoilers review that could help guide you in your decision whether or not to read the book. But that’s not why I blog. Remember my tagline: a book nerd talks books.
At its most basic, I want to talk about books. I want to rant about books, and I want to discuss the book with others who have read it.
Besides, I’m a ranter by nature. My very first blog was literally called, “Why Yes, I Love Ranting.” It’s apparently still out there, (all two posts of it). And since I don’t remember my login, I can never take it down. Hah. Anyway, it was just going to be a place for me to rant about whatever. That idea is still attractive to me.
So, all that being said, here is my new format. We’ll try it out and see if it works.
I’ll post one post that will be a conventional, totally safe and spoiler free review. Then, I’ll post a second post for people who have read the book, in which I give spoiler-y opinions on it and just rant about what I liked and didn’t like, perhaps fangirl a bit, and get out all the thoughts and feels that I have stored up inside.