Let’s talk about anything bookish!
A few weeks ago, my bookish friends and I were discussing the correct review length. Of course, the question: how long should your book review be? was asked. So, I decided to discuss this topic with you – book reviewers and readers! A few years ago, I also wrote about different book review styles but I don’t think I addressed the length!
What is the right length of a book review?
There really isn’t a right answer to this question. I’ve always had this thought about making the length of my reviews the length of a review that I like to read. And I really don’t like reading very long reviews.
That is how I judge the length of my reviews. It has to be something that I can stomach reading. And while this varies from book to book, I’ve noticed that I usually make them about 500-600 words total.
I’m not saying that this is the right length – that’s just the length of review that I usually like reading. Since I like that length, then that is usually the length that I keep my reviews.
What about really long book reviews?
I don’t have anything against a long book review. But honestly, my eyes tend to glaze over when I read a really long book review. In other words, there is a point when I am reading reviews that I skim.
This is not because I hate that particular review. It’s just that I don’t have a lot of time to spare to read a full scene by scene analysis of the book. A book review is NOT a book report, so I prefer them short and sweet.
What book review lengths are you comfortable with?