One of my favorite aspects of book blogging is writing book reviews. Maybe it speaks to my background as an educator–constantly evaluating and analyzing. Whatever it is, I love to write reviews and with the advent of the internet have gone beyond reviewing solely books. In addition to posting my reviews here, I also submit them to Amazon.com.
Last year I joined Trip Advisor (nat-n-ant) and have since published a few reviews of the hundreds of places we’ve traveled to during our annual summer road trips. Though Trip Advisor has been recently criticized for review integrity, I love the site and have found many wonderful places to visit and restaurants to try that I might have otherwise missed. I have notes on so many great places (pictures, too!) and fully intend to post more reviews when I have some free time.
I also write short book reviews and recommendations for my local library. Brevity is the key to those mini-reviews–written on an index card–something that can be elusive to a chatterbox such as myself! I love suggesting great books to other people and recently got some great feedback from a teen volunteer who read Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty at my recommendation. She told me that she loved the book and read the remaining books in the series to find out what happened to the characters.
At restaurants, I always fill out comment cards complimenting on the good and noting the not-so-good. When given constructively, feedback is a valuable tool for any company that deals with the public.
So, how about you? Are you a reviewer of books or other things on sites beyond your blog? Do you write for Yelp! or some of the others that offer public opinion?