I don't write book reviews, as a rule. I have written about books I've read on this blog, but usually I write my opinion in a short paragraph or so.
I do this for a number of reasons:
a) I am a time-poor Mum of a toddler, with a casual job, a full life, and a big book addiction!
b) I don't have time to read lengthy reviews, and I assume there are others like me who don't either!
c) I can usually say what I think about a book in a few minutes thusly:
"I liked it/hated it. I liked it because ***. I didn't like it because ***. If you like ***, you'll probably like this one too."
That's all I usually want to know when I read a book review. Call me overly simplistic, but if I wanted to know in copious detail about the themes/characters/plot - I might as well read the book! (And make up my own mind!)
d) The fourth reason - in all honesty - is that I don't think I write that well, nor do I think that my opinion is necessarily gospel! Just cause I loved it, doesn't mean you will! And if I hated it - I'd want you to read it anyway, and make your own mind up!
What do you think? Do you write/read book reviews? Do you feel like they affect your opinion of a book, or what you read?
Here's Darryl Campbell's view on reviewing books:
And some pointers by John Pinsky:
What do you think?