Friday, May 22, 2015

Feature & Follow Friday: How I Write Reviews

Feature & Follow Friday is hosted by Rachel over at Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. This is a chance to get to know fellow book bloggers and have them meet you. Be sure to pop over and meet this week's featured bloggers!

How do you write your reviews?

Well, I usually always scribble out my reviews in a notebook first. Sounds time consuming, I know, but it's how I've always written anything. I think better putting pen to paper, as I can see what I've crossed out still and continue from there rather than restarting after deleting. If that makes sense. In my reviews I try to comment on what I liked the most, what I disliked, the general feeling of the book, the writing style, the characters, and their relationships. I do my best to just let it flow, not to overthink it. I'm very critical of myself, so I'm never truly happy with my reviews. I think they all sound alike and that I use the same words to describe everything over and over again. But last time I tried book blogging, putting too much pressure on myself took all the fun out of it, so I've learned from that - mostly! - and now just let it be. I find that I struggle the most writing reviews for books rated 2.5 to 3.5 stars. If I really didn't like a book there's heaps to explain why, and if I really loved it, it's so easy to gush about it. Saying 'it's okay' with more than those two words is harder for me, it would seem.

Do you have a certain way of writing your reviews? Please share in the comments. Enjoy your weekend!

14 comments:

  1. I totally felt the same way! I took about 2 years off from blogging because reading and reviewing turned into a chore and lost all of its fun. I'm definitely trying to avoid this happening again!
    New GFC follower :)

    Joana @ The Boundless Book List

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    1. Exactly. Blogging can definitely be hard work sometimes, so keeping it fun is a big deal. I find the only person not letting it be fun is me, by putting too much pressure on myself. It sounds bad, but I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who has experienced this! :-) Thanks for following, Joana.

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  2. I find the 3-star reviews hard too. Other than saying 'Meh, it was okaaaay...' it's hard to find a way of expressing what left you loving or hating it. Thanks for stopping by my blog :)
    Claire @ Book Blog Bird

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    1. Yes, especially when there's nothing bad about it, really, and not loving it is just based on how I felt. "I just didn't love it" doesn't work as a review either, unfortunately. :-)

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  3. I've never took notes while reading but I'm starting to think that would be a good idea. I feel like I'm constantly having to re-read things just so I can remember what I want to say about a certain thing. Old Follower.

    Here's my F&F: http://mountainrhinestones.blogspot.com/2015/05/feature-and-follow-9.html

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    1. I'm terribly forgetful, sometimes getting names mixed up, so it helps me. I'm a re-reader too. Plus when I'm stuck and trying to think something through it helps me to scribble rather than stare at a blinking cursor! :-D

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  4. Hopping through. I haven't written on pencil and paper for a long time, but I should. I feel like I write better on paper.
    My FF

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    1. Thanks, Alison. I think typing is the norm these days. I'm always buying notebooks too though, for their pretty covers, so I might as well use them. ;-)

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  5. Hi! Thank you for your comment und follow, following you already on bloglovin'!

    I agree with you, it's very easy to write when you loved a book or if there are many things you disliked than writing a review for a book that way "OK".

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    1. You're welcome! And thank you! :-) I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who struggles sometimes with those 'ok' reviews. It helps to remind me to take the pressure off of myself more. :-D

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  6. I'm such a perfectionist that it takes me a while to think of what to write and then I just hope that I can get it down the way I had it in my head.

    My FF: http://onceuntold.blogspot.com/2015/05/feature-follow-friday-writing-reviews.html

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    1. I absolutely know that feeling. Don't you just wish you could plug your head into a computer, as it were? ;-) I find I often think of something great but then lose it in trying to write it out. It's very frustrating.

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  7. I totally agree with you about writing with pen and paper; it seems to jump start my creative juices!

    New Twitter follower; old Bloglovin' follower! :)

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    1. That's definitely what it does! Staring at a computer seems to just pressure me more, which is a bit weird. ;-) Thanks for following, Maggie.

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