What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to books?
I actually already wrote a post about things I dislike in books. However, I'll be a little less serious here and point out that far too often people misuse words like "nonplussed" (actually means perturbed or surprised), which is something that makes me go a little crazy. I freely admit to being a total grammar nerd! So any sort of divergence from correct usage makes me twitchy.
What's your process for writing book reviews? Any tips or suggestions you would recommend to other bloggers?
When I first started writing reviews, they were pretty terrible. (This was my first real review. Don't laugh.) Eventually, because I am bad at quantifying large qualitative concepts, I decided to split up my ratings into plot, characters, and style categories, which also helped me remember what to think about when writing the actual reviews. I've also found that it helps to wait a day or so (but not more than maybe three) before writing a review, especially for books I've really loved or hated. Otherwise you get less than helpful ravings of joy like this or (unpublished) rants.
A last thing that's always fun is to change things up a bit. My friend Chris did a Valley Girl review of Twilight, and another time a few friends and I challenged each other to write rhyming reviews. (Mine was for Harry Potter.)