I haven’t posted a discussion topic for a while so I thought it would be a good idea to discuss reviewing habits of book bloggers. I try to write a review as soon as I finish reading a book so that the details are still fresh in my mind. I want to write my reviews before I become fully immersed in another novel so that I won’t get confused with a new story. Also, I tend to forget the specifics of a book after some time has passed. I guess that’s how simple it is for me – I sit down and write a review after finishing a book. I don’t take down notes while reading but I try to note down quotes that I want to include in my review, I usually just write down the page number somewhere. I love that Goodreads allows me to add my favorite quotes in each book’s page. I’m very laid back when it comes to my reviews because I want to keep things fun. I don’t want it to feel like work, you know? The downside of my review process is I usually don’t have reviews lined up as drafts. When I haven’t finished a book for some time (like now), I wouldn’t have any new posts to put up.
Usually, anything goes with the reviews that I write. I mention what stood out for me in the book – like the characters or the plot or the worldbuilding – or specific things that I liked or didn’t like. There are times when I post reviews that are longer than my usual review length because I end up saying a lot of things about the book while there are also times when I have a hard time coming up with anything. It’s frustrating when I can’t find words to express how I felt while reading a certain book because I don’t follow a set of guidelines when it comes to my reviews. Not having structured reviews is part of keeping things casual for me. I figure that as long as I can describe how I felt about the book, then I’m good.
I know it’s different for every other blogger out there. There are bloggers who take down notes while reading, bloggers who have a lot of reviews lined up because they read fast and there are also those who follow certain guidelines when reviewing. It’s different for every blogger and I guess that’s what makes things so interesting in the book blogosphere. So because I’m curious, please comment and share your reviewing habits.