Since my kids are away for the summer (*shouts: I miss you boys!*), I’ve had more time to read lately. However, I’m falling behind on writing my reviews (about 4 books now). That got me thinking on how long it takes me to write a review and other peculiarities that we might have when reviewing a book. I had a discussion on what you, as a reader, like to see in a review (you can see it here) and this week I want to discuss how you go about writing a review.
I consider myself a fairly fast reader, and as you all know I love reading (don’t we all?). The last couple of years have been amazing for Young Adult books, and there is never shortage for something that I just HAVE to read RIGHT NOW. I also love having a blog I have to make time for that as well. A big part of having a book blog is posting book reviews. It takes me anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes to write a review. These are some of the things I do (and don’ts):
I don’t like to read other peoples reviews before I read a book – If I’m interested in reading a book, I might browse a review to get to a recommendation to read it or not (stars, grade rate, etc), but I don’t want to accidentally read any spoilers.
I don’t take notes – I should probably change that. Sometimes I read a wonderful quote and then I can never find it again. I’ll try to do better on that one.
I like to write my reviews a few days after I finished the book – I want to capture an accurate picture of my opinion and my feelings about the story.
I tend to procrastinate if I don’t like the book – No one likes bad news. For some reason I feel bad when I don’t like a book AND have to write a bad review. I try to always delineate the reasons why I felt that way, and highlight anything positive about it. Thankfully this doesn’t happen often.
I don’t post reviews of a book I didn’t finish – I know some reviewers like to post the reasons for not finishing a book. Personally I don’t feel it’s fair to my readers and to the author to express my opinion on a book I didn’t finished.
How do you write your reviews? Do you take notes? Do you read other reviews before writing your own? How long does it take you to write a review?
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