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…
- 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.
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!