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?
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
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.
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.
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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