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Random Book Musings: How long does it take you to prepare your review? #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

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I always have these random questions that I’m curious about so I ask our Traveling Sisters a weekly (sometimes more) book related question.  We thought it would be fun and interesting to take some of those questions to our blog and see what you all think or do.

So this next question that I had for the Traveling Sisters is one that I have been wondering about for a while now and I am really curious to hear from you all.  I hope that you will also join in on the discussion with us. 

Norma’s random book question:

How long does it take you to prepare your review? Do you have your own style that you like to follow or does your reflection towards the book give you an indication of how you will review it?

So for all you readers out there that don’t review, I would still love to hear from you.  So my question for you is.  Do you take notes while reading?

Web_L285-3_brunette_brown eyesNorma’s Answer

Reviewing is not an easy task for me and can take a few hours. Sometimes up to three hours to do one review. If I love the book and I am excited about it then my review takes much less time. I have a format that I like to follow or else I would just sit here and not know where to start.

All the points that I include in my review are things that mean something to me while I am reading a book. I am definitely an emotional reader and I like my reviews to reflect that emotion. I just recently included “Norma’s Stats” in my reviews and that section is lots of fun to prepare and also all meaningful points to me while I am reading. I have had a lot of positive feedback about those stats.

I was brainstorming with Kris one day and asked her what makes my reviews Norma’s reviews and how could I add something to my reviews to reflect that and we came up with “Norma’s Stats”.

No, I always think that I should take notes but I never do. I have good intentions but I never follow through. To be honest when I’m reading I don’t want to stop and write something down…..I just want to read. LOL

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Like Norma writing reviews is not easy for me.  I struggle with putting words to my thoughts. I do my reviews in steps and one review can take me days.  I write notes on paper because I love paper and pens, after reading a book.  I read the discussion thread again and gather everyone’s thoughts.  Then go back and and try to put them into sentences.  Then I put them into docs and try to pull everything together.  This is the hardest step.  I will find so many things to distract myself from doing this.  So this part can take me all day to complete. Sometimes I have to pull out the wine, however I just discovered that drinking and blogging is not such a great idea when I knocked over a glass of beer on to my chrome book.  So no more chrome book. I should of stuck to wine. I am now using my son’s computer.   As for a format I have a few things I like to write about in most reviews and I use that as a guideline. Mostly like Kris I go with what stood out for me and the group.

Web_L149-3_blonde_blue-eyesLindsay’s Answer

I am all over the place with my reviews. Some take minutes and seem to flow quickly. Other times, I feel stumped and it can take me over an hour to get the wording proper. Sometimes I just set it aside for the next day if I can’t quite get my thoughts down properly. There is no format for me – whatever feels right for that book.
I never take notes although I wish I did. I attempted it in the past and found it takes away from my reading enjoyment to stop and write things down. If I’m loving what I’m reading, I just want to keep going and continue enjoying instead of breaking and writing it down.

FC-10-CarlyKristin’s Answer

I really love reading about everyone’s reviewing process!
Mine is not typically consistent, I guess, and I can take anywhere from ten minutes to all-damn-day to write a review! (Not quite “all day”, but you get it;)

I’m such a second-guesser, and I always question whether what I’ve written is sufficient enough to convey how the book impressed me.

But I review on a mostly emotional level and I don’t really have a format. Sometimes I discuss plot, sometimes I don’t. But I will always touch on my emotions as the reader, and the quality of writing.

Different elements stand out in every book. It’s those “things” that stand out that I like to emphasize.

Now to the best part.  Your answers.  Please join in our discussion and let us know your answer. We would love to hear from you!

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Random Book Musings: When reading do you keep your books in pristine shape as much as possible or are you everything goes? #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

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This weeks question was a fun one for the Traveling Sisters and we hope that a few of you will also join in on the discussion with us.  Norma always has these random questions she is curious about so she has asked our Traveling Sisters a weekly (sometimes more) book related question. We thought it would be fun and interesting to take some of those questions to our blog and see what you all think or do.

Web_L057-1_brunetteThe best answer this week was from Kris!  She had a few of us on the floor laughing. 

Norma’s random book question:

So here is my next question that I have always wondered about us book lovers!

When reading do you keep your books in pristine shape as much as possible or are you everything goes? Do you use a bookmark to mark your page? And where or how do you store your books?

I might have included more than one question but it all pertains to the shape of our books though. LOL

 

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So I like to keep my books in pristine shape as much as possible. I always use a bookmark, I don’t crack the spine, and always store it in a book bag on my way to and from work. I don’t have any rhyme or reason in the way my books are stored though. They are actually all over the house in any spare spot that I can find. I do have about 3 bookcases full of unread books, books in my closet, under my bed, on my nightstand, at work, on the floor in a box. The list just goes on. LOL

I absolutely love my bookmarks and collect them. I rotate them and always like to buy new ones. If I loose one….the search is on. I actually have bookmarks with pictures of my kids on them that they made for me as a Mother’s Day gift in elementary school. I suggested a bookmark craft to the school one year as I thought it would be the perfect keepsake. They loved the idea and kept up the tradition throughout my kids school years.  I still have all three bookmarks!

L389-3_brunete_green-eyesBrenda’s Answer

I keep my books in good condition but I like to carry them from room to room with me. When my husband is not home I leave them on the bed.  So they don’t always stay in pristine shape.  When I was younger and not so forgetful I never used anything to mark my pages.  I would just remember where I left off.  Now I use a bookmark.  I have a few and carry them with my books.

I book stress shop and I buy a lot of books.  I had a book closet but it was too small so now I have a walk-in closet for all my books.  I collect unread books.  Once I read them I give them to family or friends.

Web_L435-2_blonde_blue-eyesLindsay’s Answer

I don’t purchase many books (thanks to my lovely local library and NG), but when I do, I try to keep them in good shape. Always use a bookmark! Love my bookmarks but I am like many of you and have used many different things found around the house to mark my page. I would never think of folding a page – eeekkk – just thinking of that makes me cringe.

I have a 5 shelf bookcase in my living room and a 6 shelf bookcase in my bedroom for the books I loved and want to keep along with all the others I haven’t read. I lend out or donate any books that I’ve read and didn’t love so they don’t take up any space on my shelves.

Web_L151-2_blonde_blue-eyesKris’s Answer

I do my best to keep my books in pristine condition.

I store all my books in a climate controlled room where I monitor the humidity levels as to not warp a single page.

Just kidding, I don’t do that. But one can dream …🤓💭

I like to keep my books all together in my bedroom so I know where they are and that they are safe, and I always travel with my current read.

I use bookmarks, but I have definitely been known to use a receipt, post it, playing card, and even once, a ziplock baggie, as to not fold a page! But I try to remember to throw a bookmark in my book when I first decide to read it.

I do have some older books that have been through the mill—ones I’ve read and reread as a teen—and I kind of love their worn out, smoothed over, I read-the-heck-outta-this condition.

Please join in our discussion and let us know your answer. We would love to hear from you!

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Random Book Musings: Can you skim read or do you read every word? #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

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We are going to start something new here for us and see how it goes and hope a few of you will join in on the discussion with us. Norma always has these random questions she is curious about so she has asked our Traveling Sisters a weekly (sometimes more) book related question. We thought it would be fun and interesting to take some of those questions to our blog and see what you all think or do.

Norma’s random book question:

Can you skim read or do you read every word?

BobbiNorma’s answer

I am unable to skim and have to read every single word. I think I am missing out or cheating for some reason if I don’t read every word. Plus, if I don’t read every word I think I might miss something relevant to the story.

I do wish that I was able to skim though because I even have to read the “he said” or “she said” at the end of dialogue sentences. LOL

Web_L143-3_brunette_green-eyesBrenda’s answer

I don’t read every word and always skim a bit while reading.  I like to think it’s more speed reading than skimming.  lol  If the story is slow and I feel I don’t need to know something or it’s just not working for me I will skim to get through it faster.  Sometimes if I really want to know how the story ends I want to skim to find out and then I have to really slow myself down.

Web_L149-3_blonde_blue-eyesLindsay’s answer

As far as skimming, I do tend to skim if I’m not really enjoying the book. If it’s just “ok” and doesn’t seem to be anything special, I’ll skim to try to finish faster so I can move on to the next book in line.

WinonaKristin’s answer

I cannot skim at all. I have to read every single last word like it’s my job. (And I wish it were! Lol) It’s actually quite frustrating sometimes, though.
But, I figure if I’m gonna commit to a book, I’m going to read all of it. If I’m really not enjoying a book at all, I won’t think twice to call it quits. I feel like I’ll waste my time skimming, since I’m not getting the full story.  It’s interesting to see how different readers handle slower/redundant parts of books, and reads that they’re not particularly enjoying.

Please join in our discussion and let us know your answer. We would love to hear from you!

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Random Book Musings: How do you start or prepare to start to read a book? #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

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We are going to start something new here for us and see how it goes and hope a few of you will join in on the discussion with us. Norma always has these random questions she is curious about so she has asked our Traveling Sisters a weekly (sometimes more) book related question. We thought it would be fun and interesting to take some of those questions to our blog and see what you all think or do.

So the following question was a joint collaboration between Kristin & Norma while they were chatting about how they choose their books to read.

Norma’s random book question:

How do you start a book or prepare to start a book? Do you go in completely blind or read just the blurb or read reviews or read everything you can and research the heck out of a book before starting the book?

Norma’s answer

So I go in completely blind and choose my books by cover first and then the title of the book. I very rarely read anything about a book before starting. A book is like a present to me – I want to peak so bad and open it up but I don’t actually want to look inside the package until I am ready to open it up. The surprise for me is on those pages and I love being totally oblivious of what is inside. The only way I will read the blurb is if I am about 5 or so chapters in and I don’t get the feel of the book then I’ll read the blurb.

Brenda’s answer

I think one of the reasons Norma included research the heck out of a book in her question is because that’s what I do sometimes, not always though. lol, I hardly ever go into a book blind because I get lost and need to know a bit about what the story is about.  I read a few reviews and then the blurb before I start reading.

Lindsay’s answer

I like to read the blurb and a few reviews prior to choosing or starting a book.  I don’t do to much research, but like to have a bit of an idea what to expect.

Kristin’s answer

I’m always amazed by readers who go in 100% blind because I NEED to know *stuff*. Anything, really lol. No spoilers, but a general idea.

So, YES, I read the crap out of blurbs and non-spoilery reviews—full immersion. But my memory is as shoddy as my patience, so by the time I read the book I’ve forgotten half of what I’ve read! Win!

Please join in our discussion and let us know your answer.  We would love to hear from you!

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