Last week I read a blog post written by Kimba The Caffinated Reader on review burn out and mixing it up. While I have not gone through review burn out I think it would be grand to try something new. The post made me reexamine all the book reviews I have prepped and personalize/tailor them to the synopsis/genre. I actually looked back on a meme I have been doing off and on, Femme Fatale Friday, a focus on femme fatales in literature. I wrote letters, suicide notes and eulogies to describe these characters/stories. I was creative. While my freestyle review formula is fine and does work, I’d like to branch out and express a little of those creative juices floating around somewhere.
I’ve currently set my fallback as a breakdown with “initial thoughts, fond of, not fond, final thoughts” but other ideas (some taken from Kimba)* are:
- Speed Dating*
- Journal Entry
- Medical Report
- Suicide Note
- Bullet Point*
- Top Ten (David Letterman Style)
- Tweet it! 140 words or less*
- The 5 Ws and H
- Character Compare/Contrast Circles
- Acrostic Poem* — take one word and expand off of each letter (Book Log Of Greatness)
- Newspaper article
- Wanted Poster
- When my brother was in elementary school, he started every single paper with “Have you ever wondered?” and no matter what the subject concluded with “Well if you ever wondered now you know.” In homage, I could expand off of that.
These are just a few, but there could be many more. How do you review? do you have a set formula or do you mix it up?
Now I have one last inquiry, I’ve notice lately that several bloggers include a rating and an “About The Author” on their review posts. Do you think either are an essential. I’ve debated including a rating but I have always thought it gives your impression/overall view on said book too affirmatively, but maybe that’s just me. What do you think?