I am very behind in my reviews. I think many months behind. Whoops.
Because of that, I’ve been turning to writing mini reviews for the majority of those books I’m behind on writing reviews for. I like doing this, because then I can group similar books together all while still getting my thoughts posted.
After awhile, of course, I started to think about the differences between a mini reviews and normal review. And if they both hold value. And so this discussion post was born!
What is a mini review?
I couldn’t find a definition that applies to book reviews, unfortunately. For me, a mini book review is a summary of my thoughts and feelings for a book in one paragraph; my average is about five sentences.
|Short and concise; quick to read||Not a lot of detail|
What is a full length review?
For me, a full length book review is an opinion piece that is usually comprised of multiple paragraphs that outline my thoughts and feelings on the book’s plot, characters, world building, and the author’s writing. In addition, I provide the book’s official blurb plus details like page number and publisher.
|Provides a lot of detail||Sometimes really long to write and read|
Okay, so not really a lot of differences. The major difference is the amount of detail, which is because of the different lengths.
So, are mini reviews just as valuable?
In my opinion, yes, mini reviews are just as valuable as full length reviews. Just maybe in different ways. They both provide a way to present thoughts and feelings on a book; the full length review will just go into more detail. Mini book reviews are great for when you want to post thoughts on a book, but maybe there isn’t enough to justify trying to write a longer, full length review.
But, also, all of this is opinion, so if you don’t want to ever post mini book reviews, that’s cool too! Personally, I’m so happy that I opened myself up to writing mini book reviews. They’ve helped me post about all the books that I’ve read that I want to share, but no longer have enough to constitute writing a longer review. Plus, it’s fun grouping similar books together.