The first question in our last celebration weekend is asked by H.B. Thank you for asking us another question 🙂
H.B: I’m pretty sure this question wasn’t asked yet but is there a process/routine you do before you start the process of reviewing a book and does it differ from when you’re reading for pleasure?
I don’t really have a process, but I do have certain things I look for in a book I’m reviewing. Or things I pay attention to more I guess. I try really hard to never skip parts of a book I’m reviewing, although occasionally I break that rule if I’m struggling. I’ll make notes now and then so I remember things I want to include in the review, and sometimes at night after I’ve turned my light off I’ll run through what I want to say in the review. I do need to review the book right after I finish it so it’s fresh in my mind. I also keep my reading device beside me while I’m typing so I can look things up if I need to. I definitely pay more attention to books I’m reviewing, as they deserve the focus!
I can’t read a book then turn around and write a review, I have to have several days in between.
After i’m done reading…that’s when the process changes…for pleasure, i’ll just tell my friends/roomie about the book and what I liked and didn’t like.
For review…it’s getting my thoughts onto paper and hopefully have them make sense. I sometimes wait a day to let the review out of my head and then…go back and look it over. sometimes…i have to let the book marinate in my head for a day or so and then get the review started
When I read for pleasure, I don’t worry about trying to remember important details that I would normally mention in my review. I still write a short paragraph or two when I finish the book so I remember something else about the story if I ever come across it again. It is hard to remember every book, especially for me, as I see and read about so many books come across my path between drafting and reviewing for one blog and reviewing and requesting for Love Bytes.
I guess the big difference is that when reviewing officially, I tend to pay more attention to detail. Another big difference is that we often get books before their final edit, so when reading for pleasure, I’m assuming I’m reading the final product, whereas reviewing an unedited version forces you to look away from those types of issues.
I don’t have any process for any book. I read them all, first and foremost, for pleasure. The only difference, if I’m reading for pleasure I tend to gloss over ‘issues’ I see. When reviewing, I tend to mentally note them and then reflect on them when writing my review.
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