Recently a college student emailed to ask if she could briefly interview me about publishing and blogging. “Sure!” I answered excitedly.
I called her a couple days later while I made a quick stop at Target on my way home from work. I wandered the aisles with my headphones in, picking up toothpaste and nail polish remover and the like, happily sharing my experiences. We talked about my internships and what acquisitions editors do.
Then she asked me a question I’ve never gotten before: “Do you have a formula that you follow for book reviews?”
I paused in between loofahs and lipsticks, and stammered a bit as I considered whether I did have a formula or pattern I follow. “I don’t think so…” I said.
I certainly used to—and early One Little Library readers might remember when I followed this basic structure (see my review of Lost Lake, for example):
- Review in a Word
- Opening line
- My Reaction
- You Might Also Like…
That formula worked great for a while. It took away some of the initial effort of starting a review from scratch. It meant I had words on the page, and was already that much closer to finishing the review. Continue Reading