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 30 years old and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and baby, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  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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