My Review Process: A Method To The Madness

In response to Adele at Persnickety Snark asking about how you review:

About April (Books&Wine)

April is 28 years old and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. In her free time she can be found reading, working out, or eating junk food. She often wears her sunglasses at night.


  1. Avid Reader says:

    It's fascinating to see other bloggers' review processes. Mine are similar to yours in a lot of ways, but I feel like I got some great tips from hearing how you review books. Keep up the great reviews!

    ps Love the Dahl books on the shelf behind you.

  2. That sounds like a very thorough and prolonged process. Authors are very lucky to have their books go through such a process, cos it must give them so many tips on how to go about writing their next book!…love the bookshelf behind you 🙂

  3. geekyreads says:

    I loved hearing how you go about reviewing books – I always think it's interesting to hear about other people's creative process. I agree about reviewers who aren't completely truthful in their reviews, it's pretty obvious.

    Like the first commenter, I totally recognized the Roald Dahl books behind you. My favorite by him has to be either The Witches or The BFG.

  4. I really enjoyed and appreciated the statements you made on giving books a rating. I currently rate my books, a new thing that I started this year, and I thought it would be great to have something like that added to my reviews, but instead struggle each time I need to add one, for basically the same reasons you listed.

    I'm definitely going to be rethinking whether the whole star/rating system thing is for me. Thanks for bringing it up!

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  6. That was really interesting April. I don't do the numerical value thing either as it just seemed a little empty in terms of meaning on my blog. I wonder what everyone's review books look like – scrap paper like me, book like you or perhaps iPhones? That really intrigues me too.

  7. Literary Cravings says:

    Great response to the question. You gave me a lot to think about as far as the rating system as well as tips to bettering my review process. Thanks for answering and being straightforward and honest!!

  8. I really liked learning how you review things. I think I'll need to re-evaluate how I do so in the near future because I tend to simplify it into stars and points simply so I can elaborate more on what I loved and didn't love.

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