Saturday, August 17, 2013

Book Girls Don't Cry - How I Write Reviews


Hi there everyone!! OMG guess what?! Today I am headed out to Boston to meet my fellow Book Girl and #Soulmate Giselle!! I am beyond excited!! Anyways, sorry. Had to just share my excitement. So a few weeks ago we talked about our review reading habits, this week we talk our review writing habits. Mine have changed over and over. I don't really have a set way, but I will go through how I used to, and how I do now. Don't forget to check out the other posts this week from Jenni and Giselle. 

Other Book Girl Posts This Week


How I Used To Review

When I first started blogging, I would review the book right after I finished it, or if it was late when I finished, first thing the next morning. I was afraid that if I waited, I wouldn't be able to put into words what I really wanted to say. Then, I decided that sometimes my thoughts would change a bit after a few days and I should take notes so I could think about the book before rating and reviewing. That worked for a while, but then I found myself waiting a few weeks to write the review, or would be annoyed stopping my reading flow to jot down notes. I do think both methods were good, but didn't work for me that well. I kind of did a combination of both depending on what things I had to review and when things had to post. 

How I Review Now

Well, at this current moment, I am a bit behind so I am doing to review the next day thing, but that's not actually how I've been doing it. What I like to do is keep a notebook nearby in case I feel there is something important to write down or a funny thought that I might have. I don't really take notes, but I do like to have something to write on in case I feel the need. I also do like to wait a few days to write me reviews. I feel that if I write them right away, sometimes I don't think about everything that really happened and just the really big stuff is in the front of my mind. The best time for me to review personally is between 2 and 7 days after finishing a book. Any less than that and I may change my thoughts, but any longer and I forget how I felt and could forget minor details. I have a good memory, so I will remember the basic things though. 

I guess my reviewing habits aren't that interesting, but there you have it lol! I am sure if my thoughts weren't totally focused on my trip to Boston I would have been able to think a bit better. What are your reviewing habits? Let me know in the comments. Also, we love topic suggestions!! 
 

18 comments:

  1. Aw, how awesome that you and Giselle are going to meet up! I hope you ladies have an amazing time. Drink lots of girly drinks. :D And tell us all about it!

    I kind of laughed reading about your reviewing habits, because I'm exactly the same way--I go through phases with how I review, and I've done all those things you mention. I used to review right away, then I sat on stuff and posted later, and I jot notes and such, too. Right now I'm just trying to ease back in and catch up, so...we'll see. :)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  2. I tend to take notes when I am reading as I have short term memory loss when it comes to this sorta stuff. I have been trying to write more reviews on my computer, instead of on my phone.

    Awesome post, chick! <33 I am thinking about writing my own one with this topic now. Hm...

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  3. Heh -- in an idea world, I'd write the review right away and it would be brilliant and insightful.

    In the real world, it happens how it happens. I take notes -- usually. Unless I'm reading on the subway or whatever. Then I try to write the review within a few days, then let it sit, then read it over before it goes up. But right now I have two or three reviews to write of books that I read three weeks ago.

    Have fun with Giselle -- that's so great that you get to meet each other :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

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  4. Yayayay for meeting up with Giselle! I hope you guys have the bestest time every with that! <3

    But I wish I could write my reviews right after I read the book. Le sigh. I find that I have to let my thoughts simmer for a few days as well, but the problem becomes that at that point, I procrastinate on the review so much that I wait weeks (or even months...) to write the review. I keep a list of what I liked/didn't like, though, so that always helps to jog my memory about what happened. But I'm afraid my enthusiasm/passion about a book gets decreased if I wait too long. I'm trying to get into the habit of writing reviews sooner, especially now that school is starting, and that's the perfect time to get some habits going. :D

    Awesome post Amy dear! <3

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  5. I have issues with getting things done ASAP, so I write my review pretty quickly. But, I tend to be several weeks ahead, so if I think of something, or my feelings change, I have time to fix that.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Amy.

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  6. I've never been a notes girl with books. I probably should but I haven't been able to make myself. I have started highlighting (kindle) or flagging with stickies more than I used to. I usually want to write the review pretty quickly after I finish the book. That mostly has to do with how dang busy I am. If I wait, it just doesn't get done.

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  7. Have fun meeting your blogging friend!!

    My review writing habits are just as crazy and random as everything else in my life. Sometimes I'll write the review as soon as I close the book. Sometimes I'll be commenting on someone else's review or discussing the book in messages with a friend and it will help me put together what I want to say about the book in a review. Sometimes, when I'm having a hard time deciding what to write, I will get a bath and take a voice recorder and discuss the book with myself while relaxing in the tub. This is super crazy, I know, but for some reason, all of my best ideas come when I am the most relaxed which is in the bathtub.

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  8. That's awesome you and Giselle are going to meet up! I hope you tell us about it!

    I have to write my reviews as soon as possible after reading a book because otherwise my feelings fade. I like having my emotion in my review and if I wait, that emotion fades. But like you said, sometimes feelings change, so I do write up my review right away, but usually the review isn't actually going to post for over a week, so a few days before it's scheduled to post I reread it, fix errors and change anything that needs changed. And if my feelings have changed, I throw that in there.

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  9. Thank you for sharing this. I really struggle to write my reviews. After all of the bitterness happening in the booksphere, I find it harder and harder to write reviews.

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  10. I usually review the old way you reviewed, because I have a suckish memory and I feel so unproductive if I don't review it lol :) But that's so awesome that you have a good memory! I would do it your current way, too, because sometimes you need to let your thoughts simmer and that could change your thoughts of the book. I should really keep a notebook, too, I usually just read through and then try to remember what I was thinking although a notebook would probably be really helpful lol

    And I'm watching your vlog right now and I love how excited you are to meet Giselle! The tweets were so fun :)

    Fantastic post, Amy! <33

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  11. A great post! Most of my reading time is at night so once I finish a book I tend to sleep on it & write my review the very next morning otherwise I pick up a new book, become absorbed in that and my thoughts of the other ends up scrambled & that's with notes & bookmarked on my kindle ;)

    Have a great meet-up with Giselle!

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  12. Depending on the book, I write my review. Like if it is super good and I must get out all my thoughts about it I write my review right away. Other times, I let it stew.

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  13. I usually wait to write my reviews. I need a few days to process. I do make notes and highlight a lot on my kindle though. And like you, I have a really good memory, so it usually works out ok. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Yay, I'm so happy you and Giselle got to meet :D Anyways, sorry I'm so late on commenting, I've been super behind since the nice weather started :( I'm slowly catching up though *crosses fingers*

    So yeah, I love how you told us how you used to review, and what hasn't worked for you personally and what you do now! I still start writing my review either the same day or within the next couple of days BUT I will sit on the review for a bit after, re-read it and add anything I might have forgotten to mention initially so I guess that's kind of like you in that I like to wait and remember things as I go. I have a good memory too so I won't forget the plot but sometimes it can get jumbled up if I'm reading 2 books at the same time - which I usually am!

    I make notes too though...I used to be better at it, but now if the book is meh I hardly write anything. If it's HORRIBLE or AWESOME than it gets more notes LOL

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  15. I'm totally the review right after person and I don't think anything else would work for me personally. My memory is the worst. Also, my laziness would take over and I would never write any reviews. lol.

    BUT I do sometimes wish I could do it later so that I could ruminate on the book more. I guess I'll just try to schedule in some padding time before I post the review for those ones where I'm not sure how I feel about my rating/review.

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