One of the things I want to do with this new blog is be better about actually reviewing all the books I read, and I'm working on a somewhat standardized format for these reviews. So! I have questions for you!
1. What factual information do you want with reviews? Obviously title, author, genre . . . do you care about publisher? Year of publication? Page count? ISBN? Author's site or blog? Other things?
2. I usually link to Amazon because it's easy and they give an image. Is that good or is there somewhere else you'd rather be linked? (I'm an Amazon affiliate, but I do it mostly for ease of linking and have never really made any money from it.)
3. How much plot summary do you want/need? Is a few sentences describing the basic premise enough to get the gist, or do you need more to help you decide whether you actually want to read the book?
4. Do you prefer to read reviews with thoughts on different elements (characters, writing style, etc.) separated - see reviews at Forever YA for an example of what I mean by this - or do you like to have things integrated into a more essay-like format? (I really prefer the former, so I'm not sure I'll pay much heed to your answers for this one, but I'm still curious as to what you think.)
5. When should disclaimers come in? Obviously if I'm reviewing something by a close friend or someone I work for, I'll mention that. But how about an author I've met a few times, or worked with in some way, or someone I chat with regularly on Twitter? I'm not sure exactly where the line is drawn.
And . . . I don't know, anything else? Please don't feel obligated to answer all these questions - I'm interested in your opinion even if you only have thoughts on one of these topics! Thanks!