One of the things I have trouble with when it comes to blogging and reviewing is…how do I review books in a series?
When I first started my blog, I came to the conclusion that I don’t want to review books in a series on my blog if they’re not the first book in that series. I guess I decided this because those are probably the reviews I least like to read on other people’s blogs. Not because they’re bad or anything, it’s just that usually I haven’t read the series they’re talking about. Or maybe I’ve started the series, but haven’t gotten to that book yet. And while occasionally I’ll read reviews of books I haven’t read yet, I definitely wouldn’t read a review of a book that was in the middle of a series that I haven’t read yet.
But a lot of bloggers do choose to review those kinds of books. And I feel like there are three kinds of reviews you can choose to write for those books. You can:
- Spoiler it up! Announce at the beginning of the post that there are going to be tons of spoilers, and that only people who’ve read the book should read your review.
- Go spoiler-free. Make your review totally spoiler-free. Most people don’t do this, because how can you possibly write a review for a book in the middle of a series that doesn’t at least spoil something small from the first book? But it’s certainly an option, it just takes some creative wording.
- Meet in the middle. Write a review with spoilers only of the previous books. So that people who’ve read the series, but haven’t caught up to that specific book, can still read your review.
But while all of these three options are popular, every blogger is different, so I don’t want to accidentally read a review I think isn’t going to spoil stuff…and then it does. That would bum me out! I purposefully try to go into all of the books I read completely blind, so I’d be really annoyed if even a small plot point got spoiled for me.
Since that’s personally how I like to read books, all of my reviews on the blog are spoiler-free. I go out of my way to make sure that, even if I really want to comment on something spoiler-y, I don’t do it. I guess it’s like “do unto others as you’d have them do unto you.” If I don’t like reading spoilers, why would I post them on my own blog? But it’s a perfectly valid choice for other bloggers, and I follow a bunch who do post spoilers! It really just depends on what kind of reader and blogger you are.
So, personally, I don’t post reviews of books in a series that aren’t the first book of that series on my blog. But I do post all of those reviews on Goodreads! And I try to keep that type of review as spoiler-free as possible — being vague about the plot points that readers who haven’t read the series might not know about, but still specific enough so that readers who have read the series, or even that particular book, will know what I’m talking about and can actually get something out of my review.
What about you? Do you post reviews of books in the middle of a series on your blog? If you do, which of the three types of reviews do you use? Do you like reading those kinds of reviews on other people’s blogs?