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