Thank you Angela for asking us another wonderful question!
Angela: This question is for all the reviewers:
Do you read a book differently if you are reading it for a review on Love Bytes than when you are reading a book just for your pleasure and not for a review? If so wich reading do you prefer?
Yes, absolutely, when reading for review my mindset is completely different than when reading just for the pleasure of it. For one, if I’m not feeling a book I’m just reading for fun I feel completely justified in walking away from it for a day, week (…year) until I am. Can’t exactly do that when I am reviewing. But also just on a more basic level, when I go into a book I’m reviewing my mind is dissecting the book from the start. The relationship, the writing, the themes, the overall feeling the books gives…all of it is running thru my mind as I read. I’m comparing it to other books the author has written, to other books in the genre. Does the cover match the tone of the story? Is the editing up to snuff? How do I feel about the pov it is written in, and do I think it works best for this story, or would something else have drawn me deeper into the book? All these things I have to ask myself–and I know I’m gonna ask myself–so I can’t really get away from them as I read. I’m also piecing together bits and pieces of my final review as I go. Sometimes just in my head, but other times I’ll make notes in my kindle. I’ll also pay attention to if I think there is a quote I come across that encompasses what I feel is the major theme, or tone, of the book. And while I might do some of that while reading just for the pleasure of it–habits die hard and all that–it is not nearly as prevalent. It is also the reason I have some series I absolutely love, but refuse to review for this blog (Jordan L. Hawk’s Whyborne and Griffin series, to name one). Not because I think they don’t deserve all the kudos, but because I have absolutely no desire to ruin the pure fun I get out of sinking into those stories without having my brain always running in the background. I don’t know if I prefer one experience over the other (I am at heart a guy who adores lists and spreadsheets and analyzing things to death–even as I love losing myself in a good story), but I will say there needs to be a balance of the two. And if all else fails, I can always go back and reread old review books just for fun.
I give the same consideration to every book I read. I love reading regardless if it’s for review purposes. It’s all for pleasure in the end because I’m reading.
I read differently yes. I look for more when reading for a review such as the editing or how the grammar is. What another reader would look for and how they would see it. When I read for me I just read for fun
Absolutely. When reading for Love Bytes, I need to read slowly and critically as well as for enjoyment. I need to focus on the craft as well as the story. When I read for myself, I tend to read a bit faster and only focus on how the story makes me feel. I like both methods really, but need some personal reading time to break the stress or the reviewers block. It’s how I decompress.
While it can be a bit of an easier read if I’m just reading for myself, I find I still catalogue the books the same way. Check, at this point I find myself mentally adding tags whether the book needs it or not. Lol
I think I only know how to read one way. I either get completely swept away by the story or I can’t get into it at all. If it is a book I’m supposed to review, I will probably give it a few more chances before giving up, but in the end, I need to be caught in the story, no matter what it’s for, or I won’t be able to finish it.
I’m not going to lie, I much prefer reading for pleasure rather than for reviewing. When I’m reading a review book I’m constantly highlighting and concentrating on details rather than kicking back and relaxing.
For me…I just read the book. The process starts for me when I start my review. That’s when I really start to put my thoughts in order for my review so that they make sense…kinda…at least to me. I am of the belief that if i just try to read for review…then it makes it work and not fun…i read for pleasure and then review…it works for me.
Very differently. If I read for a review I read way more critically and try to remember everything that’s either good or bad about certain parts. If I read for fun, I try to enjoy the story and forget little plot holes or typos. You can’t do that with a review book. It’s harder to really get into the story when you have to also focus on the other stuff, so it takes more energy (for me) to review than read for pleasure.
When I read for pleasure, I tend to relax and just enjoy the story. Reading to review is a little less pleasure-y in that I try to pay more attention to details and am always thinking about what I need to remember to put in my reviews. I like reading for pleasure, but the perks that come with reviewing are too enticing to ignore. 😀
I think pleasure is always a preference as it is whatever you feel like reading no pressure no time limit not anything. for reviewing I will read differently because you know you need to have a review for the book that has meaning and makes sense. Where for my pleasure I can just say gosh I loved that book and that will be sufficient 😀