A New Look

As you may have noticed, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Review has a new look. *does happy dance*

It’s not so much that I was bored with the old design but I felt that it lacked in readability. Reading grey on nearly-black is not exactly easy on the eyes and certain things were a bitch to format. I find this theme much easier on the eyes and the color scheme is totally up my alley. What do you think?

If you find anything that still looks weird, let me know – I’m working hard on fixing formatting mistakes and trying to make everything look as nice as possible.

The theme I am now using is called Retro-Fitted and it won me over for a lot of reasons:

  • black writing on white background
  • cool font type for headers and titles
  • quotes show up more clearly and I adore the little quotation mark on the left

See what I mean?

Isn’t that absolutely adorable?

  • This more conventional blog type shows the entire post instead of a featured image and just the first few lines. No more “click to continue reading” for you. I’m actually on the fence about that one and would appreciate some feedback. Do you guys prefer picking the posts you want to read from a list or a set of images? Or do you like this style better?
  • My pages are now on the top which is probably a matter of personal taste – but I like it
  • only one sidebar. I have a tendency to overload my blog and this will make sure I stick to the essentials
  • sample images and illustrations. Again, the white background won me over. Now pictures look so much nicer and cleaner than they used to.

All things considered, I am very happy with the new style so far. And maybe I’ll even play around with the css a little and customize it some more (if I ever get off my ass and learn how that works…).
Now I want to know what you think of the design. Let me know in the comment section below (ooh, that reminds me, I haven’t checked out what that looks like now) or send me an e-mail to fantasybuchreviews@gmail.com .

8 thoughts on “A New Look

  1. hippogriff says:

    I too have recently changed the look of my blog for similar reasons. Yours is a very clean layout, I think you’ve made an excellent choice. Great header, too!

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    • Nadine says:

      Thank you so much! I tried to clean up a bit, so I’m happy that worked out.
      Just checked over at your blog and I like the layout as well. Very organised and easy to navigate (plus, I have to go back there now because I saw at least 5 posts I’m interested in).

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  2. hippogriff says:

    I’m scouring your archives as well! I love that Google Chrome automatically translates your pages for me. I also like your monthly wrap-up idea, where you not only talk about what you read, but also how you feel about what you’ve accomplished. Very nice!

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  3. Llyren says:

    Okay, I’m probably a bit late with my comment but I figured I give the new layout some time to get used to first πŸ˜‰
    I’m also a fan of clear structure in a blog – especially with categories (thank you!) and especially the possibility to filter by rating (thank you! very evil thing to do, however…).
    I thought the readabiliy of the old version was fine as well but that’s probably mostly personal taste. And I see what you mean with the quotes πŸ˜‰
    One thing that I did prefer however is the overview-type for each entry. And since you are asking for feedback πŸ˜‰ -> “Do you guys prefer picking the posts you want to read from a list or a set of images? Or do you like this style better?” I go with the first one because of 3 main reasons that I can think of right now:
    1.) overview -> I get to see more entries on the first page by scrolling down than I do with the whole entries. That gives me a clearer picture of what is new and which entries I might be interested in (okay, that point is a bit moot here anyway) or which older ones I might want to read (again or for the first tim)
    2.) spoilers -> You can spend the first paragraph with general information, warning, filling text and so on. I know I can scroll over the entry as well but you know how it is with temptations…
    3.) comments -> in order to leave a comment I have to click on the whole entry anyway

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    • Nadine says:

      Thank you so much Llyren!
      That overview-thing was the one I was most worried about. I couldn’t find a theme (a free one, that is) that combined the clean style and the possibility to see the last 10 posts or so right on the front page. And you are right, for comments you’ll have to click on the post title anyway so the other theme was probably easier to use in that way.
      I’m not sure what you mean about spoilers. I try to be very careful not to spoil books (I want you guys to read them, after all) and my first paragraph is usually, like you say, a bit of “why did I read this book” intro. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Because, honestly, I could just leave that out. πŸ˜‰

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      • Llyren says:

        With Spoilers I meant in particular “The Golden Fool” which I quickly scroll over and try to ignore as I still haven’t read the first trilogy (ahem) πŸ˜‰ In such a case you could more easily put all potentially spoilering info – maybe including the first sentence? – on the detailed page.
        But in general I find your reviews as spoilerfree as they get – although with second or third books of a series that’s not really easy.
        And don’t leave out the “why did I read this book”, that’s very nice as introduction to the book!

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  4. Nadine says:

    Oooh, now I get it. You mean because you have to scroll over the entire post you may still accidentally read a sentence or two.
    Well, I did write a spoiler warning in huge red letters on the top but I guess you’re right about the rest of the post. Hm… I’ll see if I can mark particularly evil spoilers in white or something – so you’ll have to highlight it to see the text.

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