Introducing the new book reviews page


Readers of this blog know I read a lot and consequently write a lot of book reviews (around 48 per year). Figuring out how to archive and present them all has been an ongoing challenge.

A couple years ago, I created a new page for reviews that brought a lot of order to the site… but it quickly became a bit clunky and time-consuming to update. Everything—and I do mean everything—had to be added to a table manually and after a while, I just couldn’t keep up. I needed something that could be more or less left alone (beyond some initial category updating) but keep everything up-to-date.

After much searching, I finally found a plugin for WordPress that lets me do what I want, and voila!


A screen shot of the new book reviews page

The new page features nine titles per screen of clickable (and mobile friendly!) images showing you every book review on the site, starting with the most recent. Simply click the image and you’re set!

The new version of the reviews page is still a work in progress, but I’d love your feedback. What works? What doesn’t? Is there anything you’d like to see done differently?

In the meantime, head on over to the new book review page and start reading!

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  • Ben Thorp

    Loving it!

  • joeycochran

    Very cool! I like.

  • Matthew W

    Hey Aaron,

    I love the new interface. It’s very aesthetically pleasing and certainly works well on my iPhone. I would love to see options to sort according to author and title for those who are searching for something in particular.

    One feature I enjoyed in the old format was the star system. Would it be possible to have a small star rating of some sort beneath the thumbnail of the cover? That might help for those who have relatively little time to read and are wanting the most bang for their buck, as it were.

    I suppose, in summary, I’m saying this: I would love this interface with some of the functionality from the old one. *insert sheepish grin*

    • Aaron Armstrong

      Thanks – that’s great feedback. Not sure if I can make it happen easily. I’m hoping to find a better system to show these (maybe a different plugin) that might include a star rating. I’ll keep you posted :)