Apr 03 2019

Cover to cover #AtoZChallenge #Writing #BookReviews as an #Author

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Writing Book Reviews As An Author

Inspiration To Make It Easier

By: J Lenni Dorner

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter C
C is for — Cover to cover

“I read this book cover to cover because ___.”

That’s what people really want to know when they read a book review. (And if you didn’t finish it, they want to know why not.) Did the book stimulate, inspire, or impress you? Or did it leave you feeling weary and disenchanted?

Maybe you finished it out of obligation. Perhaps you read it all because it was worth your time. Or maybe there was something about the book that made you put it down forever.

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Question: What gets you to read a blog post from the opening to the ending?

— J, Co-host and Team Captain #AtoZChallenge

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  1. Pictures and interesting content. If I am not caught in the first few paragraphs I won’t continue.

    1. Ah, the downside of ebooks. When self-publishing, there are dozens of warnings that pictures might not show up well, won’t stay where you put them, have to be included in some special way… It’s very intimidating.

      Content though, yup, that’s what writers have to do well no matter what they’re penning.
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  2. Short, simple, to the point… I like it! 😎📚
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    1. Just like you. Ha ha.
      (And I’ll say it so you don’t have to: “Just like Pootie Tang.” ~ Scary Movie 3.)
      Love you!
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  3. There has to be something at the beginning of every paragraph that makes me want to keep reading, and long paragraphs tend to put me off too. If my brain goes tldr; then I’m afraid that’s it.
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    1. The J post sort of touches on this. And the Z post can help you with the dnf / tldr / 1-star reviews.

      But yes, that is what they say in writing books. When editing, make sure every paragraph starts with action. That every scene sucks the reader into the next. “Ticking-clock” is a big part of that.
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  4. I once read a book that urged authors to start with a sentence that grabs the reader’s attention and makes them want to read the 2nd sentence. Then, make the 2nd keep their attention so they want to read the 3rd, and so forth. We really can’t rest on our laurels and assume we have a reader so hooked that we can allow boredom to creep into the middle. The same can be said about blogging. We have to keep the reader rapt and satisfied.
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    1. That’s a tip a lot of writing books and blogs will tell you. Never let the reader catch their breath.
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  5. I like books that make you read cover to cover – especially if they are nonfiction, and they are fascinating enough to make me want to read the notes and the afterword as well 🙂

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    1. I’ve read quite a few books that had some really fun words in the after notes. So I always read them because I love those moments. Thanks for the comment!
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    • Jui on April 3, 2019 at 11:19 AM
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    In case of blog posts (like books) – I look for interesting title and then I read on. Then again, I prefer to read short paragraph blog posts than a long stretch. In case of longer posts I look for interesting pictures accompanying it.
    – Jui Positive Cookies
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    1. Yeah, that’s an important blogging tip. People really need visuals on blogs to keep them going. You’ll get to read more about on the E post tomorrow on the A to Z blog!
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  6. Good use of what space. Short paragraphs and subheadings. I like images thrown in too. That keeps me reading.
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    1. Yup, that’s basically a tweet-length “how to blog well” answer right there. Love it!
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  7. The blog post has to hold my attention whether it’s long or short. I try to avoid starting a book and not finishing it – so a good review from someone I trust helps.
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    1. Yeah, I hate not finishing a book. Poor editing is a big turn-off for me though.
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  8. Usually because either I know you or the subject matter is interesting. The former is probably good manners shining through 🙂

    Ronel visiting from the A-Z Challenge with Music and Writing: There’s Only One C…
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    1. Oddly, I hadn’t considered manners as a reason. But good one.
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