This meme was created for YA Midnight Reads as a discussion post of all things bookish.
Hello, Midnightians! The time for a discussion has come yet again and today, I’d like to talk about how I review. Of course, the reviewing process is different for everyone! Some might want to review a book immediately after they’ve finished, while others will want to sit on it for a few days. Some review all the books they read, others only their review copies.
I am quite particular when it comes to reviewing! I always have to review a book soon after I finish, but never immediately. I want to have the time to think about the book and what I thought of it, if there were things that bugged me and what I loved, but I NEED to review something soon after I’ve read it. Because if I don’t, I keep procastinating (something I’m extremely good at, as it turns out) and in the end, the review never gets written. Case in point: A.C. Gaughen’s Scarlet, which I read earlier this year and loved. I have a draft somewhere with a few sentences jotted down that explain what I felt about it, but I never got to reviewing it. I believe I read this book at the beginning of the year, in January, and I did plan on reviewing it. However, I just couldn’t find the time and then I was busy reviewing other books and life just got in the way. I know that I can delete that draft, because by now, I’m sure I will never review Scarlet.
Another thing: I never plan what to say in my review. That is, from time to time I write down a list of issues I want to adress in my review, but in the end, I always ignore that list. What I do: I just start writing. Think up an introduction and then just write down whatever thoughts I have in my head. Usually, those are not the same thoughts I wrote down on the list. Sometimes I check the list later and think, “Oh, right, I wanted to talk about that”. But, to be honest, I never edit that point in. A) Because I feel like it wouldn’t fit in anymore – I always write my reviews in one go and they sort of feel like a story to me: they flow in a certain way and I don’t want to disrupt that flow. And B) because I’m really, really lazy.
Which brings me to my next point: I never edit my reviews. Nope. Never. I know that many people edit and tweak their reviews until they’re perfect and I respect that a lot, but I myself just can’t do it. This again has to do with the story thing: I wrote it down the way I had it in my head and I’m not going to change it. I do read them through to check for typos or weird sentences, but I never edit actual content. Weird? Probably. Should I take on editing my reviews? Again, probably. Oh well, I’m afraid I just can’t be bothered. Once I’ve written my review, I’m done with it in more ways than one: I brought the thoughts in my head onto paper (or, well, a computer) and now my head is empty and can be filled with thoughts about other books.
Then for my last quirk: music. I LOVE music, as do my parents. Which means that there is always music playing in this house: the radio is on pretty much non-stop. I know that many people don’t like to read or write reviews with music on, because it distracts them. Thankfully, I am not one of those people. I have no problem reading or writing to music, and it actually makes for some awesome book/music memories (by which I mean that when a certain song comes on, I immediately think of the book I was reading when I first heard that song). What I, however, cannot do, is read or write during the advertisements. Or when people are talking in general. People in advertisements usually talk in such a way that it’s impossible to ignore them, which also makes it impossible (for me) to get any reading or writing done. Overall, I am a good multitasker – in class I have no problem with writing things down and listening at the same time, while also looking at the blackboard and/or the teacher – but when it comes to writing reviews, I can’t do it. Fun fact: while writing this discussion post the advertisements came on and I had to take a break because I couldn’t write any further.
Well, that’s for me and my strange ways (though not as strange as Mel, who writes reviews on her phone O.o). Oh, and I just want to say that this post was in no way meant to show anyone how to review – I just wanted to explain my own ways, and hear yours, of course! So,
How do you review? Are there any specific things you do while reviewing?
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