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If you’re a self-proclaimed read-aholic, you probably run a book review blog in addition to writing your reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. (If you don’t already have a blog set up, it can be tons of fun, giving you a platform to share your ideas and connect with a community of authors and readers.)
Your choice of web theme can make a big difference in how your posts, ratings, and images display. If you’re a book review blogger, start by considering one of these 10 amazing WordPress themes.
Book Rev is built specifically for book review bloggers and comes with a built-in rating system, including ratings for the author, story, and writing. You can even add notes about the pros and cons of each book and highlight them in an organized fashion. Followers can post their own comments rating the book, and you can set up featured reviews in a slideshow on the home page. Other features you’re sure to fall in love with include:
- Unlimited color choices
- Custom theme widgets
- Responsive design
- Main page highlights
Book Rev costs $99, but there’s a free version called Book Rev Lite that you can test out if you’re not ready to commit to a premium theme yet.
Divi is a versatile web theme suited for any personal or business blog that puts a professional, modern touch to your site. The drag-and-drop visual builder mimics other online website builders to make setting up your pages and posts easy. Each module is customizable so you can control book cover image widths for both desktop and mobile devices. Featured images on each blog post allow you to display beautiful book banners for each review, and Divi’s button option makes it easy to add beautiful animated buttons to guide readers to authors’ social media accounts and buy links.
Divi isn’t built for book reviewers, so it doesn’t have a star-rating option. However, that’s easy to add through various WordPress review plugins. If you’re looking for something modern that has powerful customization options and high versatility, then Divi is a great choice for you.
Divi is available to Elegant Themes members, which costs $249 for lifetime access. With the package, you’ll also get access to a variety of premium themes, such as beautiful share buttons and an amazing opt-in form plugin that integrates with all the popular email marketing services.
InReview is another great theme available through Elegant Themes. You might like to try it if you want the star rating feature next to each review. This versatile themes works for all types of reviews, from books to technology. It’s easy to add prices and purchase links, and commenters can leave their own star-rating. Other great features include:
- Theme options
- Page templates
- Five unique color schemes
This theme is available through the same $249 one-time membership fee at Elegant Themes, which includes the extra plugins to help you build a professional site.
Books Reviews is a colorful, customizable WordPress theme boasting a responsive design and built-in stock images. With the ability to add book ratings to your meta data as well as categorize by reviews and discussion posts, this theme has everything you need to get started as a book review blogger.
Posts are highly customizable, with choices for customizing font sizes, changing the sidebar position, adding slideshows, and more. Over 80 shortcodes make it easy to customize each post with ease. It’s SEO-ready and comes with custom widgets and over 600 fonts. Grab it for just $38 complete with free lifetime updates and advanced backup.
Quadrum takes a news and magazine-like feel to its theme, but it’s still a great theme for book reviewers because it comes with a built-in rating system. With numerous homepage layouts and sidebar choices, it’s easy to customize the layout to your liking. Enjoy this responsive WordPress theme with visual page builder for $59.
Pravda is another great WordPress theme with a powerful built-in review system. However, commenters don’t have to rate products to leave reviews, unlike some of the other themes on this list. With custom backgrounds, multiple homepage layouts, and over 500 fonts to choose from, it’s easy to customize the Pravda theme to turn it into a beautiful book review site. Other key features to enjoy include:
- Responsive design
- Custom widgets
- Multiple widgetized areas
Get it for $49.
The Reviewer is built for all types of reviews, from movies to technology. However, it does particularly well for book reviewers thanks to its five-star rating system and image boxes that fit book covers well. Organize your books into genre, and easily add information like author, publication date, reading level, and more into customizable content boxes. It also comes with a built-in author’s page, making it easy to introduce your reviewers if you’re working on a team.
The theme translates into multiple languages to appeal to users across the globe. Five background patterns and two layout options, along with unlimited colors to choose from help you find a design well-suited for your review site. This beautiful theme sells for only $49.
As the name suggests, the Book Reviews theme is built specifically for book review bloggers. With a beautiful home page slider, you can feature your favorite or latest reviews with the book cover and a short snippet.Other slider options make it easy to display recent reviews alongside their book covers. Organize by genre, add star ratings, and categorize your content based on reviews, book news, and more. Even feature your favorites in an “Editor’s Choice” widget. With a parallax effect and lazy loading option, you can give your site a modern, updated feel. This clean layout has so much to love about it, and it’s only $35.
Jmax is another magazine-style layout with a built-in review feature. It’s not built for book reviews, but it works for them nonetheless. Notable features include:
- Responsive design
- Custom logo uploads
- Unlimited colors
- Custom backgrounds
- Over 600 fonts
- Unlimited sidebars
- Paginated pages
- Multiple author pages.
There are also a range of social icons that you can place at the top or in the site’s footer. The theme comes with a built-in related post function so site visitors can easily discover new books.Choose from five display styles for related posts. Enjoy this customizable theme for $49.
The Puzzles theme features a flat, modern design complete with an integrated rating system and animations that change as you scroll over the home page images. This web theme boasts unlimited home page layouts, three variations on the rating system, a customizable side menu, and SEO optimization.
It’s built for reviews of all types, including books. Customize your rating criteria for targeted, customized reviews, and choose from three different rating types, including 5 stars, 10 stars, and percentages. With plenty of color options and other customizable items, it’s easy to create a beautiful site that matches with your favorite book genres. Plus, it’s SEO-friendly and completely responsive. Grab the Puzzles theme for $59.
With these web themes in mind, customizing your WordPress site is easy, from the backend to the front. Which one of these themes will you work with?