Earlier this week my friend Laurel and I were talking about writing book reviews for our blogs and which parts are the most difficult. For me, the hardest part isn't expressing my opinion, but summarizing the book. When my blog first started, I skipped this all together and just wrote my opinion and linked to the Goodreads page. But the more I read the blogs of others, the more I felt like I appreciated reviews that gave a short summary of the book on the page. Clicking through gets old if you're reading several blogs in one sitting.
It takes me FOREVER to write my summaries though. Like, I struggle through each one. I don't want to sound like a 5th grade book report, you know? All of my reviews seem to start with "Title Of The Book is about..." Or "Main character is a ____ dealing with ____." It's like an episode of Reading Rainbow. OR, and I just noticed this recently, like half of my posts start with some variation of "How cute/gorgeous/artsy/inspiring/etc is this cover?"
Some bloggers just C&P the publisher's copy from GoodReads or Barnes and Noble (with appropriate credit of course), but I've wondered how readers feel about that. Do you think that's taking the easy way out? Which do you, as readers, prefer: reading a short and sweet publisher's summary for the basic idea of the book and then reading detailed blogger opinion or a blogger taking the time to come up with his or her own summary, even if that part is tedious?