Dear reader, today I am bringing to the blog another discussion post! It’s been a hot second since I posted a chatty corner post, but today is the day! I saw this prompt on Charvi @ Not Just Fiction‘s blog and new I had to do it. After all, I have a total of 12 reviews to be written and posted within the next month or so! What can I say? There are so many amazing ARCs out this Spring!
Let me tell you something, I used to hate writing reviews. I avoided them like the plague. Why? Because sometimes it’s so hard to put my thoughts into words! On top of that, reviews aren’t the posts that get the most impressions, which is totally fine, but I used to be so worries about stats, I just stayed away from them.
Now? Now I adore writing reviews! I’ve gotten into the habit of actually scheduling my blog posts, reviews especially, so that I don’t forget to post anything. And now, I can request ARCs and not feel anxious all the time because I’m struggling to review them all.
That said, there are still so many thoughts that race through my mind when writing my precious reviews. Do you also struggle with these things when reviewing a book?
🌻 Wait, what was the book about?!
I’ll read a book, love it or hate it, tell myself “I’ll write it tomorrow,” and then that tomorrow is actually two weeks away. Why do I do this to myself??? My thoughts get all jumbled inside my head, I forget the names of the characters, and I lose track of my super important thoughts — it sucks!
☀️ Ugh let me delete everything and start over
When it comes to writing a review, I’m super picky about how I voice my thoughts. Should I be more jokey or should I be serious? Should I go into depth and reveal some borderline spoilers or just keep it spoiler-free? I think my reviews are not consistent, which means that I spend a lot of time second-guessing my writing style.
🌻 Where’s that quote I loved?
I love integrating quotes into my reviews. I feel like it gives you a taste of what the writing is like. How is the prose? Super flowery? Just the bare bones? Unfortunately, I suck at keeping track of quotations I like. I’ll be so focused on reading that I just completely forget to mark them down!
☀️ Formatting is the absolutely worst…
I guess this goes for all blog posts, but formatting book reviews is such a pain in the ass for me. I want to see everything perfectly aligned on my blog and want the text blocks to be easy on the eyes — not too long and not too short. But finding that balance with the actual content of the review isn’t easy and takes me hours to do!
🌻 Why can’t synopsis write themselves?!
I don’t like taking the synopsis straight from Goodreads. I’d much rather put my own personal spin on the official blurb and, sometimes, make it a little more interesting. But I’m not gonna lie, writing the blurb takes me at least half an hour — and they’re not even that long! It’s always tricky trying to be original (aka not copying GR) and yet not giving too much away.
☀️ Damn it, now I have to go take the picture for the review!
You know those people with perfect Bookstagram feeds and gorgeous pictures they make for their own posts? Yeah, I’m not one of those people (*cries*). I’ve been pushing myself to take more pictures myself of books, but so far I can only do so for my reviews. I like playing around with objects to make the cover stand out, but at the same time, design isn’t my thing!!! If you have any tips for taking book pictures, hurl them at me!
What crosses your mind when writing book reviews? I’d love to read your answers! ☺️