Talk to Me 78: When do you write reviews?

Posted August 12, 2015 by Ana in Talk To Me! | 5 Comments

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Today, I want to talk about when you write a review after finishing a book. For me, I used to need to write a review almost right after I finish the book because I want the book to be fresh in my mind. Only then do I allow myself to pick up a new book in the same format.

However, I noticed that letting my review for the book roll around in my mind for a bit before actually writing it was pretty nice. So, let’s talk! Writing a review immediately after reading the book, or letting a review stew for a while…

Immediately after:

  • Book amnesia.

My book amnesia is pretty dang bad, I have to say. Sometimes if I take a break between chapters, that break might stretch over a few days if I’m busy, and I might end up forgetting what points I wanted to bring up.

  • Gut reaction!

I don’t really react viscerally to books. But when I do, OH BOY, I know the book has really left an impression on me. When I have a strong gut reaction to a book, I like to get it down right away and hopefully I can record my thoughts more coherently.

  • I can pick up another book right away!

I don’t like reading another book while leaving the previous one unreviewed. If I’m in some kind of reading groove, I’ll want those books fast and furious!

Let it stew:

  • Coming up with new points to talk about.

Sometimes I’ll throw the book around in my head for longer and realise that there was more that I actually wanted to talk about. Maybe there’s an angle that I wrote off earlier, but now seems very profound after some thought.

  • Process those feelings!

I say this because there have been times when I’ve decided that I do/don’t like a certain aspect of a book, but then those feelings change once I actually think about it a bit more. There were a few times when I thought a book’s climax was underwhelming, but then realised it made sense given the context of the book.

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So what about you, dear reader?

Do you read several books and then write reviews at the end of the book? Or do you have to write a review of your just-finished book?

Let me know in the comments!

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5 responses to “Talk to Me 78: When do you write reviews?

  1. Angie

    I write my review immediately after finishing. I can’t “let it stew” or else I’m going to forget things that I want to say if I didn’t take notes. I very much want my reviews to reflect how I felt while reading the book, not how I felt after thinking about it more. For me, it doesn’t matter what I think about it later after further reflection, it’s all about the NOW. What did I feel while reading it and immediately upon finishing it. I mean, we’re reading the book NOW, we’re not reading it a week after we finished it. Not saying those kind of reviews are bad or wrong, but I personally don’t find them as helpful and they’re not the kinds I want to write.

    Writing the review immediately also becomes even more important while binge reading a series. It’s easy to start confusing books in a series if you’re reading several in a row. Although I suppose that wouldn’t matter if you’re doing an overall series review rather than book by book. But I like having a record of the individual books, so I have to write the review before moving on. I find that this also helps if I take a break from the series, since I can go back to my reviews and be reminded of how things were progressing.

  2. I always end up waiting until the last minute to write a review, and that’s not really a good thing for me because I have major book amnesia. Kind of. So I don’t really end up with new points to add to my review UNLESS I read other people’s reviews, which I don’t want to because that would end up influencing my thoughts.
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  3. Interesting question/topic! For me it depends on the book; if I really loved the book/spent most of the time flailing over it, I do try to type my review up as soon as possible. Otherwise, whether I liked the book or not, I usually take a day before I type it up, just to let the story settle and for me to approach it in a coherent manner (most of the time at least!) when I type up my thoughts :)
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