Book Review Summaries

Do you prefer bloggers to write the summary themselves for the books they review?

This is a question that has been on my mind for some time now. I write the summaries from most of my reviews, but occassionally I will copy & paste the summary from a website or use the description on the back cover. Typically, writing the summary helps me write the review, and I also want readers to know that I care enough to write summaries…most of the time at least. The other times, I’m just too busy. However, do readers prefer one over the other or not?

Thank you in advance. 🙂


4 Responses to Book Review Summaries

  1. Steph Su says:

    I generally like to write the summary for the book myself, and I can’t stand when people italicize their summary section, especially if it’s taken from another source such as B&N or Amazon. It’s just much more interesting to read about how others summarize a story!

  2. Violet says:

    I kind of had the exact same question in my mind some time back. But now i have one simple rule for myself. If i have a lot to talk about the characters, the setting or anything else I don’t give the summary. If i don’t have much to say, may be because the review is plot based, then i would write the summary myself integrating the review within the summary. It’s all about balancing the length and the content for me. Hope that helps.

  3. CB James says:

    I prefer the reviewer to summarize the plot. I also like it when the summary is kept to a minimum so we can get more of the reviewer’s comments.

  4. V Bored says:

    I prefer the blogger to write the summary themselves.
    This way I’ll know that
    1. They actually read the book
    2. It’s like a summary from a real human reader, and not some reviewer at Publisher’s Weekly or New York Times or Amazon or something.

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