For over two years now I've been doing reviews pretty similar to the way that many other bloggers do them. I copy a synopsis from goodreads, link to author websites, twitter pages, and the like.
But, as I reflected on the way that I do my reviews, I decided that a lot of the things that I do BEFORE the actual review really detract from what you want read. Which is the review.
Which is why I'm introducing a brand new review format. It's a format that I think you're going to like. Basically, I will have a cover image and the review. With some links at the bottom of the review to relevant author information like websites, blogs, and twitter pages, places to purchase, and it's link on goodreads so you can read the synopsis and such.
I will briefly summarize the book. I used to hate to do this, but ever since I started contributing to The Deseret News, I've become a lot more comfortable doing it. It should give some background on what the story is about for those readers who don't know anything about the book, but won't be distracting for readers who are already familiar with the synopsis.
I am also going to change the way that I do author interviews. In the past, I have done interviews in a Q&A format. But, I realized that I don't like to read Q&A interviews. I vastly prefer a more narrative approach. I understand that this is going to take more time for me to compile these interviews, but I think that you'll find that you like reading them more.
Giveaways are changing too. The last two giveaways that I've done have utilized Rafflecopter. While rafflecopter isn't perfect, I'm really happy with how it's worked so far. I liked the IDEA of extra entries, but I hate adding them up or requiring you to leave more than one comment. So, for each giveaway you will have the option for extra entries. However, no one entry will be mandatory. It won't be mandatory for you to follow, or leave a comment, or tweet. But, you have to do one of those things. Which, really isn't much of a change from how it is now.
With these changes, I'm really hoping to make this blog more friendly to both me and you. If you have any questions or comments about these changes, feel free to leave them in the comment section. And, watch for the new review format to be debuted tomorrow!