Ami: I hope this question hasn’t been asked … this is for all of the reviewers 🙂
I am curious with how you write down your review is all about, especially for blog (I find myself writing reviews differently when I write for blog and when I write for Goodreads for example)
I mean, do you read the book until the end and immediately write review, or you wait for few days to mull your thoughts, or maybe you jot down your thoughts as you read to be included in the review?
I do read books more carefully when I am reviewing them for the blog, and I don’t skip over parts that don’t keep my interest. I don’t have a great memory, so I review as soon as I finish the book so it’s fresh in my mind. I occasionally make notes on things I want to be sure to mention. I do put more effort in the reviews I write for the blog, as opposed to ones I write on Goodreads on my own. In fact I usually just rate a book and write a short comment, and put the time and effort in to blog reviews.
I try to write my reviews right away so I remember everything I wanted to mention. However, this doesn’t happen as much as I’d like. I know a lot of reviewers take notes while they are reading, but that never worked for me. It all depends on where I am when it’s time to write the review. If it is already drafted, I add tags as I go along in my reading. Otherwise, I just try to remember everything when I actually do get the time to sit down and write it.
I wait until the end of the book to write my review. I try to get my thoughts down once i’m done with the book and it’s still fresh in my head. Sometimes, I have to let the book marinate for a day or so after completing it to allow my thoughts to gather.
I read so many books that I find I have to write my review immediately after finishing the book, so that I don’t confuse myself and talk about something in Book B in the review for Book A. I don’t take notes because I tend to read a book straight through, cover to cover and HATE coming out of the zone to make notes. I then save my review in Word, and then review it again a couple days later before I post it in our drafts section on WordPress. Many times I end up fine tuning and expanding that original review, but not always.
I tend to read and mull for a few days. I like to get my thoughts in order before I write anything down. Of course, some stories have me wanting to get it all out right away, but that can lead me to trouble so I try to back off and give myself space to calm down.
It really all depends on the book. I try and get my review down the same day but if I need to process it or are having trouble finding the words, I’ll wait a little while. I don’t think I’ve ever put a review off for more than 24 hours though.
I keep notes and initial impressions in my kindle as I read. Then I usually use those to write a first draft. I let it sit a few day and the proof read and finalize before submitting to the blog.
I review books as soon as I’m done reading them while the book is fresh in my mind. I’m afraid of forgetting details if I don’t.
I read the whole book first and then set about writing the review. The only time I would make notes while reading the book is if I wanted to remember a certain phrase or line in the book. Once I write the review I leave it saved overnight and go back the next day to read it and make sure it is what I wanted to say and then I submit it.
I need to write the review right when I have finished the book otherwise I will pick up another book either for review or to read for myself and I feel like I miss things on the review book.
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