A few weeks ago, I was playing around with my review format and decided to see what others thought. I know what I look for in a review but was curious about what others prefer, so posted an inquiry and poll. Was happy to discover that others look for most of the same things I do.
Synopsis - This was the most popular preference, and I couldn't agree more! While a link to Goodreads or Amazon is fine, sometimes I don't want to click and just want a quick overview. I used to post the entire synopsis from Goodreads, but sometimes that's longer than my actual review! I decided to just post a quick overview and include a link in case anyone wants the full details.
Rating - The second most popular choice. Everyone seems to have a different rating system, but I've decided to stick with a 5 point system like the ones Amazon and BN.com use. I might tweak them in the future, but for now a 3/5 is an okay read and a 5/5 is exceptional. I spelled them out on the sidebar, as I know reviewers have different thoughts on what makes a "3" vs a "5" rating.
Goodreads link - I like using a link to Goodreads instead of linking to Amazon or BN.com, as Goodreads is like the Switzerland of books and is neutral. I'm not an affiliate of either site, and I'm still a little shaky on what's permitted by the FTC, so better safe than sorry. Goodreads is one of my favorite book sites and a great place to discover more about a title, so I like including the link!
Genre - I've done this a few times in the past, but don't think I'll be including it in general reviews in the future. Don't want to scare anyone off if the book happens to be a genre they don't like. I know that there are certain genres I don't read, so I'm hesitant to try something listed as one of those genres even if the synopsis sounds good. For instance, I don't like medical thrillers, so might miss out on a great read because of my preconceived notions. May include the genre on books received for review, but not my personal copies.
Source - Doesn't seem to matter much to readers, but I'll still include it for my review copies for FTC purposes. Maybe put it at the end of the review, out of the way, instead of at the beginning....
Link to author's website - Not in high demand, but I may include links for new authors.
Publisher's name - Again, not a high demand request. The publisher doesn't really matter to me, which is why I still read some self-published titles every now and again. So long as the story is good, I don't care where it's published. Think I'll let the Goodreads link take care of this and not make a separate entry.
Number of pages - Some readers keep track of the number of pages they read and some don't. I'm one who doesn't, but at the same time, I'm hesitant to pick up a doorstop of a book. I resisted reading Outlander for a long time because of it's size, but glad I did! Will eventually read Under the Dome for the same reason. Think I'll let the Goodreads link take care of this one too and not make a separate entry.
Publication date - The least popular of all the choices, and I have to say I agree. Unless the book hasn't come out yet, when it was published doesn't really matter much. Maybe I'll just include it for not-yet-released titles?
publication date (18%)
publisher's name (31%)
Goodreads link (50%)
link to author's website (37%)
genre (YA, urban fantasy, etc) (50%)
number of pages (31%)
Thanks for the feedback!