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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Tell Me Something Tuesday


Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings and discusses a wide range of topics from books to blogging.

Question: Do you procrastinate writing reviews?


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Answer:

I can only write a decent review if I have feeeeeel something about the book I just read. Sometimes it hits me right away and other times it can take up to a few weeks of processing what I’ve read for it to hit me.

I do jot down a few key/factual points as soon as I finish and then wait until the emotional part of the review hits me to round it out. In true cliche form - this usually happens right when I'm about to fall asleep (I keep a notebook next to my bed) or in the shower. lol

There have been only a handful of books that I either LOVED or HATED and the words just flowed out of me as soon as I closed the cover.

And of course, if I’m on a review deadline (which I try to avoid these days) I have to make it work when it’s due.

I would say that I write most of my reviews within a few days to a week on average though.

How about you? Do you write your reviews right away or give yourself a little time between finishing the book and writing you review?

36 comments:

  1. Heck yeah! Ha ha though truthfully- not really? Usually I try to write the review within a day or so- otherwise it nags at me. :)

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    1. I have key points I want to make right away but I need at least a few days to get my thoughts in order. Sometimes weeks. I'm surprised I even remember anything because I'll read 3-4 other books in the meantime.

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  2. I need to have the book fresh in my mind in order to write what I consider a proper review - so, when I set on writing one, I reread the book even if I've already read it 87 times LOL. I know, it sounds like a school assignment, but I swear I have fun!

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    1. Whatever works!!!

      I have to have feelings lol I think my reviews are less formal and more how a book makes me feel so it's either there or it isn't.

      But I used to write more formal reviews back in the day. I guess I don't have the energy for that anymore lol

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  3. I end up on average posting the review 2-3 months after reading it unless there is a deadline from the author that they need it done by. It takes me hours to finish a book review even using the notes I took while reading it! I find it hard to get motivated to write them at times but I do want them on my blog!

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    1. I usually write my review in stages unless it just hits me. I jot down a few sentences, then add a few thoughts here and there. Then really hunker down and make sense of it when I'm ready to post.

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  4. I like when words just flooooow. Other times nothing comes out

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    1. Exactly. I don't like forcing a review. It's either there or it isn't for me lol And then it could take 5 minutes or 5 weeks.

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  5. Hmm! Interesting.

    I sometimes find myself writing a review straight away but as is happening more and more often I find myself relying on post-it-notes; Post-it-notes to remind myself of key points & Post-it-notes on which I've written notes.

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    1. That's what I do most of the time. Problem is - they are scattered all over my house instead of stuck to the book lol

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  6. I used to be practically obsessive about writing reviews immediately after finishing a book. But somewhere along the line I fell out of the habit and now I’m almost always hopelessly behind. I need to get back on the ball!

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    1. Same. I was great at cranking out the reviews as soon as I was done and on schedule. And I blogged 7 days a week back then!!!

      I think I just like to read more than review these days so it's more of a struggle.

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  7. I write down some of my thoughts as I'm reading a book, but there are times that I don't have any (or I'm too caught up in the story). I usually write my reviews within a day or two of finishing the book, but there are times when I don't have a lot to say. Those books I'll save for a Mini Reviews post!

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

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    1. Same with the minis and I'm doing more of those these days.

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  8. I usually write the review as I'm reading the book so I don't forget anything that I want to add to the finished review. I take notes and outline the review as I read.

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  9. Lately I've only only been moved to write reviews that make me feel as well. Otherwise, it's a mini review!

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    1. Yeah. I really need to feel something these days or else I write the most boring reviews ever.

      Ont eh other hand the FEELS reviews don't say much either lol

      i'm kind of over reviewing maybe???

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  10. I know what you mean, most of the times the words don’ t flow unless I really loved or hated the book. I hate having to find things to say.

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    1. Exactly. I have to feel an extreme for the words to flow and otherwise I need awhile to come up with my *angle*

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  11. Same I usually don't post a review immediately unless it's absolutely necessary and I do quick note so I remember certain elements.

    Tori @ In Tori Lex

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    1. I'll jot down a few sentences right after. Anything important or any strong feelings I had then flesh it out later.

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  12. I highlight and take notes while I read as well. I am old, and have CRS often. I sort of need to write the review as close to finishing as possible, because then I can capture my emotions best. But, like you said, if I am not having strong feelings, it is difficult for me to write the review, and then I procrastinate

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    1. I take less notes now but I love highlighting when it's an e-book! So much easier.

      I usually know what I want to say right after I finish but not quite how to say it - that can take me anywhere from a day to a few weeks until I have a eureka moment lol

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  13. I have actually had to stop myself from reading ahead for review books because I am SO bad at doing reviews in a timely fashion! I would read a book 6 months before it published, then have literally NO idea what I thought about it by the time I needed to write a review! So now, I only will read review books no more than a month ahead. Because I guarantee I am writing the thing about 2 hours before it posts! Oops?

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    1. I had to stop that years ago. Even if I did write a review right away it was so long ago that when I post it closer to the release date I don't remember it at all for when people want to discuss.

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  14. That makes sense, sounds like a good method. I used to wait a bit to process, but nowadays I forget things so easily I'm like, "MUST REVIEW IMMEDIATELY WHILE BOOK IS STILL CLEAR IN MY HEAD" lol.

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    1. lol I have to jot down a few key things right away. I guess it's more the structure that I have to think about for awhile.

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  15. I should write the reviews closer to when I read it. I usually sit down and write reviews for the last 2 or 3 books when I am in the moos to write. Otherwise I won't do it.

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    1. Oooh interesting. I don't think I could write more than one review at a time. Although I do that with my minis.

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  16. haha ow cute that kitty! I've to find still THE perfect system for m y reviews because I'm chronically behind! I have to take notes everywhere (iPhone, BuJo, laptop etc) because if I don't write it as I'm reading there is no remembering later. Then I cannot remember where all my notes are LOL

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    1. The kitty is more productive than I am lol

      I have the lost note issue.I have post-it notes, notepads...all over the house and find them months after I post my review hehe

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  17. I rarely write in-depth book reviews because, basically, I'm lazy lol So I appreciate anyone who can write them. I always enjoy reading yours.

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  18. I feel the same! If I feel REALLY strongly about something, I tend to write the review immediately. Otherwise I procrastinate a bit.

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  19. I write some reviews straight away, but sometimes it takes me ages to get around to writing a review. Mostly, it's just about what time I have on my hands. I like that you have to be in the feels and emotions to feel motivated to get ready to write your review!

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  20. Ha! So, yeah, I procrastinate these days. I do a very rough draft right away but then I don't write reviews for months. I literally only wrote reviews 3 times this year-- each of the Blog Aheads I host. Other than that like none were finished. lol

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