There are a bunch of different ways to write reviews. So I want to know your methods, everyone.
Sorry for the non-bloggers out there – this will be a pretty blogger-centric topic.
If you’re anything like me, you read quite a lot of books. And probably quite a lot of reviews – I post less reviews now than I used to, but it’s still two a week.
There are a few options that come to mind.
1) Do you take notes while you’re reading?
I don’t do this. Reading is one of the only things I do for my own enjoyment, and taking notes takes that enjoyment away for me. I know lots of bloggers DO take notes – I assume it helps them remember certain ways they reacted or felt during the reading process, and helps with remembering character/place names.
2) Do you write your review straight after reading the book?
If you don’t have the best memory, this could be a good strategy – the book is fresh in your mind and you can probably remember the main character’s name, at least (which is often helpful). But if you’re not in a situation where you can write down your thoughts, it could be difficult.
3) Do you write them the day after or a couple of days after?
Sometimes reading a book might require a bit of thought. I just finished reading Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas and OH MY LORDY I need to think about it quite a bit. Although I guessed the ending right at the beginning. Go me. (it was a complete fluke, though)
4) You have no process whatsoever. You write them whenever you get the chance.
For example, me. Sometimes I remember that I run a book blog and that it has to include book reviews. So I go back to my Goodreads “read” shelf and choose a recent one I haven’t reviewed yet. Well, I mean, also I have to review the books that I receive for review, so those take precedence, but sometimes I review books weeks after I’ve read them.
This can be difficult if I’ve forgotten characters or plot points. Reading other reviews on Goodreads often helps jog my memory though.