Question 18 is asked by Susana Thank you for asking another question to our reviewers 🙂
Susana: I do not know if this question has been asked/answered, but I’m intrigued because I do some amateur review at goodreads and I’m always at a struggle to find time for it. So how does being a reviewer fit in your every day life? Do you have other jobs, or do you work exclusively as reviewers? If you have another job, is it hard to find time to review? Thanks.
The best part is when someone tells me how much they enjoyed the book I recommended. That’s a great feeling and the whole point of doing this. The other favorite part is getting my hands on some true gems before they are released. That’s a privilege, which usually means some free promo on my part if I enjoy it, so I spread the news. 😉
Time is definitely an issue for me as I work full time and have a family that demands a lot of my time. I listen to audio books whenever I am in the car or when I walk (I walk a lot!). I take my kindle everywhere! I don’t watch any TV so my evenings are free for reading. My biggest problem is being strict with myself when it comes to actually writing up my reviews. I try REALLY hard to write them as I read them but often I end up with 3 or 4 to do at once and I find doing it that way takes up more of your time. I guess everyone is different when it comes to when and how much they can do – I think as long as it remains fun you are onto a winner.
It can be hard to fit reviewing into life when I have other things going on. But I usually make sure I set up the review when I start reading (the formatting) and then I jot down things as I am reading that I liked, or didn’t and then when I finish the book it doesn’t take me too long to write a review. I then go back the next day and re-read the review before uploading it. I find doing it in steps means I don’t have to hurry or find a large amount of time all in one space to write a review.
For a large part of the time I have been reviewing “professionally” (here on a blog) I didn’t have a job so reviewing and fitting books into my day wasn’t a big deal. Then four months ago I became gainfully (ha!) employed…and boy did that take a huge adjustment of my reading priorities. Where before I could just pick up a book and read for hours on end, now I had things like work taking up that large chunk of time. Oddly enough my bosses are not huge on the whole paying me (minimum wage) for me to sit around and read about dudes falling in love. So reading now is basically what I can get done to and from work, as well as a few hours in the evening before I inevitably fall asleep over my kindle (I actually fell asleep last night at 8:30 while in the middle of a sentence. I have never felt so old). To make sure that I get all my review books done on time I have a calendar set up that marks out exactly how much I have to read a day for that book to get done in time. I try not to read more than one review book at a time, so I have to make sure when I schedule things to give me at least three days between books so I have the time to get the reading done. Luckily my commute is done by train/bus so I have nearly an hour–if not more–each weekday of reading time set aside. I still miss my wild and carefree reading days though.
When I started reviewing I had a full time job and family. As reading is a permanent part of my life it wasn’t too difficult to find the time. Evenings and weekends gave me the few hours necessary for my survival. I always write my review in a few hours after finishing the book. I at least write a rough draft and when I have some more spare time I write the full review. I don’t start a new book till it’s done. Now I have more time, so I can take more books but the method is the same.
I have a very hectic day job that is very much science and math and government regulation based. It’s stressful and often leaves me brain fried at the end of the day. Reading and reviewing mostly happens for me on the weekends except for audiobooks, which help fill the two hour drive I have each day.
I work full time as an insurance investigator, volunteer approximately 60 hours a month and care for two properties in addition to doing reviews. My daily commute to work is about 60-75 minutes which is why I almost exclusively review audiobooks, so I can listen in the car, as well as on my breaks. I also proofread audiobooks for an author, and beta for another author…and somewhere in there I eat and sleep.
I’m a stay at home mom so I work everything around my son. I can usually get a good amount of reading done during the day but my reviews are done before he wakes up or after he’s asleep
I have a day job as a manager in a store and then of course, I write myself. Fitting in reviewing is hard sometimes, but I always make sure I have time to read so if I’m going to read, then I will find time to squeeze in the review. It’s not always easy, but I enjoy it so it gets done.
I mainly write my reviews either late at night after the kids are in bed or first thing in the morning before anyone’s awake
I find that I think of being a reviewer just the same as a pleasure reader. I usually fit my review books for the weekend, so that I can dedicate my time to reading. I have a day job and that’s why for me…it’s easier to knock out a book or two, sometimes three on the weekend and leave my pleasure reading for during the week where, if i’m interrupted…it won’t really bother me as much.
It can be a challenge for me, absolutely! I do have a job, I own a business, and at times I can’t find the time to review. Well, it’s not always time so much as mental energy. I pay closer attention to books I’m reading for review, and sometimes I just can’t think about one more thing. My busy season at work is in the summer so I cut way back on reviewing then, although this last year we really didn’t slow down much…. I also find I need to review the book immediately after reading it, or I lose the details. Unfortunately I don’t have a great memory! So yeah. It can be tough!
For me, it’s also sometimes a struggle. In addition to reading and reviewing, I’m also writing my own stories, working a 2 day a week job, going to the gym 3 days a week, walking 10,000 steps every day and taking care of my husband who recently had a major surgery. There are never enough hours. I tend to read late into the night and write my reviews as soon as I finish a book. It’s all about juggling and trying not to look out the window by my desk at that plant bed that desperately needs weeding! 🙂
I am fortunate enough that I was “discovered” just a few weeks after I retired. I am a snowbird in Hawaii, where the sun goes down early, so I review in the evenings. I am a very fast reader and I think that helps too.
It is always a challenge to find time for me if I am honest. Besides working 22 hours a week and being married and a mum with the amount of time I am spending on the blog in general with all the stuff happening behind the screens, requesting books, guestpost etc . I do need to read to live so to speak but often prefer to just relax a bit with reading which means reading a book that I don’t need to review.
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