Follow my book blog Friday is hosted by Parajunkee’s View & Alison Can Read.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to books? Maybe you don’t like love triangles or thin plots? Tell us about it!

Honestly, my biggest pet peeve is people who won’t give something a chance because of a certain aspect. Perhaps they won’t read a book because it’s categorised as young adult, or maybe it has a girl with purple hair and they really hate purple, I don’t know. But I’m a firm believer in give it a try, you might be surprised.

I do have a few niggling things, however, and yeah while I wouldn’t call them pet peeves, my enjoyment of a book is definitely dampened by thin plots, way too much romance, flat characters, and dull dialogue. If an aspect of the novel is hard to believe then it doesn’t become enjoyable.

Saying all of that, I do tend to avoid books with the plot of, “So-and-so is the new girl at school and she has no friends, she’s definitely an outcast, that is until mysterious guy shows up and they fall in love in a whirlwind fast pace. Then weird stuff happens.” I’m sorry but that is SUCH an overused plot and I will avoid books with any variant of that as a blurb.

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Q.Writing Reviews 101:
What’s your process for writing book reviews? Any tips or suggestions you would recommend to other bloggers?

My process is basically to get down everything I want to say. I might start out with a basic review, and then go back through my notes (yes, I take notes while reading, it’s how I meat out my reviews) and add anything I missed. Then I will go through and make sure everything flows well. I’ll make sure my criticism is placed well and I will try to put that somewhere around the middle of the review. I do do honest reviews but there’s no need to make my criticisms sound harsh. Then when I’m happy with the flow I read over it a couple of times to double-check spellings/typos, check I’m happy with the flow and the way things are worded and I’m done. Sometimes it takes me a few hours and sometimes it only takes half an hour, it really depends. Usually on how distracting Twitter is.

The best tip I can give is always be honest. You don’t have to be harsh to put criticism in your reviews and any decent author will appreciate the feedback. And if there isn’t any criticism to give then great! But you will be respected more as a reviewer if you are honest.

This week I interviewed Matt Hofferth who is also giving away an ecopy of his book, The Binder’s Daughter. I also reviewed it. Check it out, he is wonderful! Always nice to read about lesser-known authors, right?