You know what’s hard for me, reader-peeps?
Writing book reviews.
If you’ve been around here for long, you will notice that I do not post many book reviews. I could probably count the book reviews I’ve done on this blog with one hand.
(If you haven’t been here for a long time, welcome! So glad to have you here!)
And it’s not that I don’t want to review books for you guys. That would actually be kind of awesome and fun. And since I, at least partially, fall under the category of “Book Blogger”, it probably would be a good thing for this blog, too.
So what’s the problem?
I have a small list of problems, actually.
1.I don’t know how.
It’s not so much that I don’t know how to write a review as it is I don’t know how to make it exciting and fun. I mean, a lot of people review books, but how many do you know that write fun reviews? I could write a review telling you what went down in the book– but then, what’d be the point? You could just read the book and it’d be much less boring.
Cait from Paper Fury writes amazing reviews, full of snark and GIFs and telling you exactly what she liked and disliked about any given book. Hers are reviews I read twice– once before I’ve read the book to see if it’s a book I want to read and once after I’ve read the book so I can share in her fangirling.
Which kind of brings me to the next point:
2. I’m not always sure how to pinpoint exactly what I liked and disliked.
This is true even when I fangirl with friends about a book I just read. I know there are parts I liked and disliked, but sometimes it takes someone else specifically mentioning those things before I can say “OMW YES THAT WAS AN AMAZING PLOT TWIST!!!”.
I am slowly learning how to be more analytical. It’s been a process for the last 3-ish years. But my analytical skills are more of when I’m reading to edit or help someone else edit. I’m not going to edit a published book and I’m probably not going to make notes about things that need to be fixed as I’m reading.
Would making notes help me write better reviews? Probably. Would that also maybe suck out some of the fun of reading? I sincerely hope not, because now I want to try this.
2.2. Things I liked or disliked are not always logically explained.
I can absolutely love a book filled with plot holes. I can absolutely hate a book everyone else loves and deems “perfect”.
I know part of that is my own opinion and what I’ve liked and disliked before. I know part of that is how the author wrote the book. I know part of it is how I go into the book– did all my friends love it? have I been waiting for this forever? Am I so absolutely in love with the premise? Do I even know what the premise is?
But whether or not I like a book is not necessarily based on the quality of a book.
2.5 Writing a review for someone’s book and I know they will see it…
Being part of the writing community is awesome. Writing reviews for your friends’ books, which is a rare occurrence for me but still happens, is less awesome…
You want to be honest. But you don’t want don’t want to admit that there were parts you disliked (especially if you can’t pinpoint why you disliked them) because you don’t want to hurt feelings. But you want to promote your friend’s work. But you want to be honest.
3. I manage to write a review with things I like and dislike and specific things… and it’s only 100 words long.
If you’ve been around here for long (deja vu, anyone?) you know that my writing tends toward conciseness. I say what I have to say and that’s it. Same with novels– the first draft of LASER was 38K. That’s barely a novel at all.
I’m not saying I need to write an essay about each and every book I read, but 100 words is kind of smallish. I like to think I’m getting better at expounding but it’s still hard.
So, that’s basically my list of why I don’t write book reviews that often.
Speaking of book reviews, here’s a lovely post by Cait of 10 Ten Things Book Bloggers Should Not Be Worrying About. And you should really go read a few of her reviews on Goodreads, because, as already stated, they are fabulous.
Any tips? Anyone think I’m a lost cause? Do you take notes when you read? How do you guys write reviews? How do you balance fangirling and writing a coherent review? What are you reading now? And how is your writing going, peeps? Lemme know in the comments!
(Also, looking for new ways to finish up a blog post. It’s a work in progress…)