I'm going to use five aspects that I think make up a great novel—plot, characters, writing, world-building, and emotions (emotions meaning how the book made me feel)—and give each aspect 10 points. I'm going to rate the novel that I'm reviewing/rating on a ten-point system for each aspect. Then I'll add together all the points that each aspect gets. For example:
Add all these points together, and they equal 36, which can be rounded to 35. On my "rating scale", this is three and a half stars. As for the actual review, I'm going to talk about each aspect in turn. The goal is for my review to be no more than 7 paragraphs, at the most. In my opinion, it's fairly easy to read 7, short and to the point paragraphs. I want to be done with elaborating and adding extra information that doesn't necessarily need to added in a review.
The only drawback is now I feel like I'm not explaining what I thought about the book enough for the people that read my reviews. I feel like I'm skimping on the actual review.
But on the other hand, I completely agree with the post. This is my face when I see a review that's 10 or more paragraphs long and to the point that it's more like a 6th grade essay rather than a review.
I'm ashamed to admit that sometimes I will not read a review if I haven't religiously followed the blog for over a year and know I will find said reviewer's review insightful and entertaining. Sometimes the review is simply too long for me to handle. And this makes me feel like a bad person! (I honestly hope I'm not the only one.) Also, if I haven't read the book, I probably won't read the review. I might post about this later.
Basically, I just made this post to ask you what you prefer, you know, since you guys are the ones who will ultimately be reading my reviews. My recent reviews are written in the format that I talked about above and the ones earlier than Ignite Me are written in my usual rambling and long review format. (Who am I kidding? I didn't have a format. I just sat down for about an hour and wrote an honest review.)