Review as you go, or wait until you're done?

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Review as you go, or wait until you're done?

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Muokkaaja: elokuu 17, 2015, 9:30am

I thought when I first began that I might eventually give up on writing book reviews, that I might take my reading too clinically and not enjoy it anymore, but I'd give it a fair trial. I can't well imagine doing without it now. I'm often recording thoughts as I read, putting them together into paragraphs and joining ideas, adjusting as I read further. By the time I'm two thirds of three quarters through reading the book, my review is virtually done. Meanwhile it's helped shape the way I read the book, what I focus on. Sometimes reviewing as I go has led to my talking myself back into enjoying a book I'm feeling uncertain about, by recording my opinion and then considering it critically, thinking about counterarguments.

Do you generally save the writing of your review for after you've completed reading (perhaps to reserve judgement), or do you review/edit as you go by my method to get those added benefits?

elokuu 17, 2015, 9:44am

I tend to jot-as-I-read.....
usually page reference to something I will include in review, often an idea sparked by what read. (More notes generally indicates a more favorable review than if notes are few.)

elokuu 17, 2015, 10:06am

I might take notes, but that's a separate thing from a review which I always do at the end.

elokuu 17, 2015, 10:29am

I don't write anything down until I've finished the book, but I do find after more than eight years of posting reviews here that I'm taking mental note of things I want to put in the review as I'm going along, often to the extent that I've got specific wording in mind. So the writing step is often something like an editing process, where I'm looking at the way things work in print and shuffling them around, polishing and getting rid of the excess. It can happen that during that process I realise that I've missed something important about the book, and I end up coming to a different conclusion from the one I thought I was heading towards.

It can also happen that I change my ideas about what to do with a review because I see that what I originally had in mind doesn't add anything to what half a dozen other people have already said in their reviews, and I go back and take a different approach (e.g. write something more subjective if everyone else has written a synopsis, or pick up some obscure detail that caught my attention...).

Muokkaaja: elokuu 18, 2015, 7:55pm

I stick in little slips of paper as I read, either to point me back to something that I want to follow up on (I pretty much only read non-fiction), or where there's a particularly arch piece of verbiage, or a fascinating concept.

I try to get around to writing my reviews within a week or so of finishing a book, although at times they may slide for a couple of months (making it MUCH harder to do a decent review). Oddly, I find it VERY hard to write book reviews at my desk ... just too many distractions ... so I have to block out a chunk of time (usually 6-7 hours) to go over to Starbucks and just plow into the reviews (since most have been running 1200-2000 words of late, it takes me a good 2-3 hours to knock one out).

Once done, I publish them to my main blog, and to my book review blog, and then flog out the links to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. If a review starts getting some discussion going, I'll re-publish it as a "post" over on that new section of LinkedIn.

Since Google has changed the algorithm so that they're not really punishing folks for cross-posting stuff, I have been considering adding Tumblr, G+, and that new post thing on FB as well.

Muokkaaja: lokakuu 19, 2015, 1:25pm

With further practice (completing my reviews in draft before I've completed reading the book), I'm starting to come around to a perspective I used to despise from my early university days: that idea that a novel's ending really doesn't matter. I was an English major in those days, until I grew disgusted with the dismissal of enjoying a book's story in place of picking it apart through study; I wanted to keep enjoying my reading, not dissect it! But now I begin to feel as though I've gathered all I'm likely going to from anything I read before the conclusion is reached, and the last fifty pages are scarcely likely to persuade me otherwise. If I were to keep following this slippery slope argument, soon I'll be tossing aside every novel before I get to the end and call it done anyway.

I think I may still encounter endings that don't correctly reflect the story's contents to that point. Or a surprise twist now and then. But I don't think I'll often meet an ending that entirely upends my opinion of all the contents that came before.

lokakuu 19, 2015, 1:37pm

I read Connie Willis' Blackout and All Clear earlier this year. I enjoyed them for a while, but I will admit that after 700-800 pages I had had enough and was ready for the books to end. However I kept going. I'm very glad I did, because the last hundred pages went totally in a different direction than I had anticipated, and yes, all that buildup had been necessary. Or at least most of it.

lokakuu 19, 2015, 2:09pm

>6 Cecrow: It might not be super common, but it does happen. I actually put quite a lot of stock in endings, because for whatever reason they tend to be one of those things that people just have trouble getting right. Most endings are mediocre, some are wretched, and some are perfect. I have definitely read my share of books that I either at least somewhat enjoyed or was neutral about, that the ending just trashed it. Finished the book and went WHAT were you thinking?! and yeah, no. Others I have liked but wasn't enthralled by, but then they wind up with a wonderfully done ending which greatly improves my impression of the book.

lokakuu 20, 2015, 10:20am

I often keep notes as I read; impressions, thoughts, ideas, suspicions, criticisms, praise - whatever comes into my head as I read that I have the presence of mind to write down. Reviews don't get written until I'm done with the book; sometimes even a DNR will get a review. Mostly as a PSA of sorts warning people that the book is crap.

syyskuu 12, 2017, 12:54pm

>8 .Monkey.:, happened to me twice since then. Rebecca and A High Wind in Jamaica both had me rewriting my drafted review.