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Today I want to talk about commenting and then in specific about commenting on a review. So when you are reading a review on another blog the chances are that you want to leave a comment, it can be hard sometimes to come up with something to say, especially when you haven’t read the book and maybe not even have the intention of ever doing so. I usually try to comment when I am reading a review on a blog and have found a few techniques that help come up with something to say in my comment.
How do I comment on a review for a book I’ve read?
I always seem to have less trouble when commenting on a review for a book I’ve read, I usually have enough to say about the book as I’ve read it. Here are some of the ways in which I comment on a review for a book I’ve read.
- Comment with your opinion. This is one of the ways I most often comment on reviews of books I read Usually I share my opinion of the book and why I liked it or not. Usually combined with the next point.
- Comment about on which points you agree or disagree. I like mentioning point with which I agree or disagree with the reviewer about the book. I like seeing how people can like and dislike different things in books, so I usually assume the reviewer also likes to hear about these things.
- Comment about the next book in the series. This is more a general way of commenting by saying that I am looking forward to the next book or how I can’t imagine how the next book will go or comment about the ending.
- Comment about the author or other books by the author. If a review is for a book by one of my favourite authors or author by whom I have read more then one books I might mention any of his/her other books or inguire if the reviewer has read any other books by the author.
- Recommend a similiar book.I don’t do this often as I am not one for comparing books often, but if someone really liked for example the originality of this story I might recommend other original books I’ve read. Or a book in the same genre.
- Comment about things where you can comment about if you haven’t read the book. Even though I have read the book I can still mention any of the things I mentioned under comments when I haven’t read the book. See the points under the next heading.
How do I comment on a review for a book I haven’t read?
When commenting on a review for a book I read I usually say something about what I thought about the book, but when commenting on a review for which I haven’t read it can get a bit trickier to comment. There are various reason why I might want to comment on a review for a book I haven’t read, it can be because I am interested in reading the book or sometimes I just want to show that review some comment love or other times I am commenting back and can’t find nothing else to comment on, but a review. So here’s how I usually comment in those cases:
- Comment about the cover. This is an easy one, I usually have something to say about the cover. Either what I like or don’t like about it or the colours or the model. Also because a cover can lure me into reading the review this might be the reason I am reading the review in the first place, so commenting on the cover makes sense then.
- Comment about the blurb. It can happen the blurb mentioned something that catches my attention or which I have somethign to say about in that case I might comment about the blurb. Sometimes I don’t want to read the review for fear of spoilers and commenting about the blurb is always a safe bet then.
- Comment about why you do or don’t want to read this book. This is one of my favourite ways of commenting on reviews I haven’t read combined with the next point. I like mentioning what about the book sounds like a book I ight read or why I don’t think I’ll read this book or whether I am doubting about reading it or not. This can also spark some nice conversation sometimes.
- Comment about things mentioned in the review. Along with the previous one this is my favourite way of commenting and it doesn’t even require reading the whole review. To explain this a bit further for exmaple someone mentions that in book X there was a slow building romance, as I am a big fan of slow buildign romances I then can comment that I like slow building romances in a book and that that’s always a plus sign. Or when someone mentions she didn’t like the insta love in book X, I can comment that I am usually not a big fan of insta love either. Basically you take a specific comment about something he/she liked about the book and tell if and why you like or don’t like that thing in general.
- Comment about seeing it around on the blogosphere and if you know people who read it. You can mention whether you have heard of this book or not. And if you did see the book around the blogosphere wat the general opinion was.
- Comment about their review style. This one I do especially when visiting a new to me blog. I comment about their review style or the way they write their reviews.
- Comment about other books by the author. If I haven’t read this specific book by this author, but have read other books by that author I can comment that I haven’t read book X and mention that I have read book Y by this author. Or say something about that author’s general writing style.
- Comment about the genre or trope of the book. Sometimes I comment about the genre or trope used in this book and my opinion of that genre or trope. I can also mention whether I frequently read that genre or not.
What do I do when I don’t know what to comment?
If I really have no idea how to comment on a post I’ll probably pick another post to comment on. There’s always another post to comment on, I might have to go a bit further back, but eventually I’ll find another review or post on which I can comment. I’ve found that most bloggers don’t mind or even like it when you comment on an older posts, so this is always an option as well.
So my question to you is: