My Apologies…

My book review post that went live this morning has been bothering me all day. It is not the type of review that I normally write, and I feel like I owe my readers an explanation.

I recently started reviewing for Thomas Nelson Publishers through their Booksneeze program. I thought it was going to be a way to read some fantastic Christian books that I might not have heard of before and then share them with my readers.

When I logged in to find out exactly what was required for my review, I was very disappointed. They ask that you keep your reviews to less than 200 words. Anyone who knows me knows that I love to talk. (And type.) I think the only posts I have on my blog that are less than 200 words are the posts where I announce winners, and my wordless wednesday posts. And most of the time, even those have more than 200 words!

They want reviewers to keep it short and simple, give a hint without giving it all away. But that’s not my style. No, I’m not going to give it all away. But I am going to tell you exactly what I loved and may not have loved about the book, without giving you a page-by-page preview.

I wanted to tell you why I requested that book in the first place. I wanted to tell you about how recently hubby and I had a situation plopped in our laps where I literally felt like I didn’t know what I was going to do. I wanted to tell you how reading the book helped me dig a little deeper in my Bible and find the truths that God has for me. But I couldn’t tell you any of that, because my post word count was well into the 600s. Geez with a title like “What to do when you don’t know what to do: 8 principles for finding God’s way” – that right there takes up almost half of my allotted word count!

So, I apologize for the lack of “review” in my latest review. I will be stepping down from the Booksneeze program and will not take on any more reviews from them. If I can’t tell my readers exactly what I think in the way that I feel most comfortable doing so, then I shouldn’t be a part of their program. No hard feelings, it’s just not the right program for me.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on all of this. Do you prefer to read shorter reviews, or ones that are longer and give you more information? What do you look for in review posts? Speak up!

Angie Vinez (2893 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.


  1. 1

    To be honest, I'm more of a give me a quick idea of what you think about the book kinda person because I'm on so many different sites and follow so many different blogs that I just can't keep up. If it's short and concise then I have more time to read all the posts I'm trying to keep up on.

    I can understand why you'd find it frustrating to have a word count for a book review though because that is limiting if you have a lot to say about that particular book. I am a part of a couple of book blogging groups that don't have specific word counts and I like that kind of freedom.

  2. 2

    I think that if they wanted that short of a review, then make one post with what they want; then, since it made you dig deep, make a different longer post about your own thoughts.

  3. 3

    Angie, I review for Book Sneeze, too and I know how hard it is to stay under 200 words 😉

    PS Can't wait to start working with you on new blog design!!


  4. 4
    Lindsey Nobles says:

    I work for Thomas Nelson and we put the 200 word count in as a minimum. (Sorry if that wasn't clear.) For fiction, we do ask that you don't give too much of the plot away but for other genres you can go into more detail.

    Hope that helps…


  5. 5

    Hi Angie-

    I think it would be a disservice for you to step down from reviewing the books. Some people may not otherwise know of these books without your input. Surely you can point out 1 pro and 1 con of the book while still providing your followers with a decent review and keeping with the 200 word requirement?

    Just my 2 cents.

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