How Do You Review?

Hello, lovely followers!

I’m back, but won’t be here for long. University life is killing me, man. You know finals week? Well I’m suffering through Finals MONTH. Most of my professors want to end class early, which means they want to cram as many exams and projects they can into the next 3 weeks. GAAAAAHHHHHHH.

Anyways, the point of this post was to discuss how we (bloggers, and reviewers) write our reviews.

Do you separate your review in different paragraphs that each explain a certain part? Do you just write whatever thoughts pop into your head? Do you just decide to post a video? How DO you review?

When I first started blogging, I always thought there was a certain set of rules to follow to review a book. After a while, I realized that following that set of rules actually stifled my creativity. It really blocked me and I had no clue as to how I should write a review.

I then started doing what I do right now: Write whatever the heck I want.

If I want to rant about the characters, I will. If I want to praise the writing style, I will. If I want to make my whole review using gifs… Then you are most certain that I will. This is my blog, and I intend to have fun with it!

Here’s a bit of an insight on how I do my review:

Step One:Β 

Start reading a book. Honestly, this is the most important step. Pick a book from your never-ending to-read shelf and start reading!

Step Two:

Take clever and concise notes while reading. This’ll help you in the long run. Or you could also just highlight the quotes you really really really like. Or… don’t take notes. I don’t judge.

 

I mean if it’s an awesome book, why would you stop reading to take notes?

Step Three:Β 

Finish said book. Very important step. If you don’t finish the book, then how are you going to review it? DNF reviews could apply, but I have this inexplicable NEED to finish a book. I can’t help it.

Step Four:

Ignore that you have to write a review for said book for as long as possible. Crucial step. Forget the book even exists if it’s possible.

Step Five:Β 

Read more books! Read until your eyes hurt. Read until you don’t want to read anymore (and let’s be honest, that may take a while).

Step Six:

Finally, when you can’t ignore it anymore, sit down, and let your brain take over. You’ll be surprised how wonderful and stress-free reviewing is when you don’t take it so seriously. This is not the SATs, you are not being judged by how you review. Just pretend you’re talking to your best friend about a book you just read. Write everything down, and then edit whatever you want later on.

As you can see, my review writing routine is pretty much… not a routine at all. And yet, it works so well for me. I tend to work great under pressure, so I usually end up writing my reviews for blog tours and such about 2 or 3 days before. It helps me clear my thoughts!

 

How do you review? Do you have a reviewing routine? Let me know in the comments below! πŸ™‚Β 

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20 thoughts on “How Do You Review?

  1. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence says:

    Great post! I like to highlight quotes in my Kindle or earmark/sticky note the page of my favourite quotes, and think about it later when I’m reviewing. I’m weird, sometimes the words come to me straight after a review, other times it takes a couple of days.

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    • boricuanworms says:

      Sometimes the words come to me right after finishing the book, but it’s usually either really late or I just don’t have how to write them down, so I just leave my thoughts simmering for a while.

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  2. Joy (Joyousreads) says:

    I wish I’d trained myself into writing notes while reading, but I find it a bit distracting when I do. As a result, my reviews are disorganized to say the least. I just go with the flow and let the memories of what I’d just read take over.

    Great suggestions!

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    • boricuanworms says:

      Yeah, I think I follow the same reasoning as you. I try to highlight for when I’m looking for quotes to use, but other than that I don’t tend to write many notes.

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  3. Allie @ Little Birdie says:

    I’m so awful with preparing for reviews. I don’t take notes, I always forget things and I’m just generally too absorbed in reading the book to worry about what I’ll write about it later. The most I do is mark a page with a quote I like lol. I need to train myself more πŸ˜›

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    • boricuanworms says:

      Yes! I think that if I stop to take notes I’ll get distracted. The most I do is highlight quotes I like, too! There should be a book reviewing boot camp somewhere, lol.

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  4. Giovana says:

    I have the same ruting.. nothing at all! Sometimes when I read a book I review it right away, others it’s really takes weeks to sit down and write something, as you said is all about my mood!

    I do not take notes, I just can’t… I’m so into the read that I forgot it jaja I try but then remember them when I already have finish the book, even highlights. The problem is when I write the review and then I want a qoute! lol.

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  5. Rebecca @ The Library Canary says:

    I pretty much write whatever I want. Sometimes my reviews are more plot heavy, sometimes they’re more character heavy, I try to write about how the book made me feel which is why the concentration varies from book to book. I don’t stress out over reviews. I just write my thoughts and feelings. And I think that’s important. To just write whatever you want. There are no rules in the blogging world!

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  6. Cristina's Book Reviews says:

    I typically write whatever comes to me and I will insert a gif to get the point across if it warrants it. I highlight quotes that move me, thought-provoking or simply because it’s beautiful. Other than that…I’m not a gifted writer and I don’t pretend to be, I review books because I just want to chat about stories I loved or didn’t love. This was such a great post and your gifs crack me up! πŸ™‚

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    • boricuanworms says:

      Yes, another person who uses gifs! πŸ™‚ GIFs are just perfect for when you’re at a loss for words! Thanks, Cristina πŸ™‚

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  7. littleonionwrites says:

    I review by taking down notes and quotes throughout the book. It helps me to remember everything I’d like to talk about in the review. Of course, my reviews would probably be less spoilery if my notes weren’t so detailed, haha! Sometimes I take 3 pages of notes, or sometimes I take half a page (though that doesn’t happen often). I suppose it all depends on the book.

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  9. Lina says:

    I’m a newbie and I’ve been having trouble with my reviewing routine. I’ve been changing it lately, and the biggest problem I’ve run into is that I feel that I can’t start a new book without reviewing the one I just read. Which definitely leads to a problem with the ‘procrastination’ part, which seems inevitable.

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