Melanie @ The Daily Prophecy recently wrote a post personal vs professional reviews, which inspired me to write this post on different reviewing styles.
In the past, I’ve been an emotional reviewer where despite a book being written well, I would rate a book based on how I felt like it, and how it related to me. Who cares if the book had a few issues (like Jo being a massive target in Weather Warden) or if it wasn’t the best book ever. As long as it made me feel, it captured my interest, it entertained me and gave me an awesome story, then a high rating it will get.
As an emotional reviewer, a book can really resonate you in some shape or form, but it would be hard to put into words exactly why and how. Emotional reviewers tend to relate the book to personal circumstances or events. These reviews will be on how the book felt and what it meant to them personally, rather than the writing, or the prose, or the format.
Since I started my blog, I became a critical reviewer, where I give a critical breakdown of aspects of the book that I really liked, and didn’t like, along with characters, tone, pacing, messages conveyed and the writing. This will allow you to analyse whether a book will be for you, regardless of my star rating or whether I loved it or hated it.
Because of my critical review style, books that I loved may get 3 stars, because it may have a few issues (like Lara Jean feeling incredibly young in To All the Boys I’ve Loved). A star rating doesn’t reflect how much I enjoyed the book. It represents how well written the book was, how many issues or positives there were in it and whether I’d recommend it to others.
While emotional reviews may show a lot more personality, help me get to know the blogger more and are fun to read, critical reviews will help me decide on whether a book is for me. I love and appreciate emotional and critical reviews alike, because they both present different experiences. How about you?
None of these gifs are mine.
Are you an emotional or critical reviewer? Which reviews do you prefer?