One of my goals for the year 2013 is to review every book I read even if it’s just a few sentences to say I really enjoyed the story. I find this easy to do at Goodreads with their instantaneous rate & review box that pops up the moment you finish a title.
I am especially grateful for readers who cross-post reviews at Amazon, and I don’t just say that as a writer, but as a shopper. I don’t read reviews at Goodreads, 1) cause there’s a lot of junk on there, and 2) I don’t shop on that site. If a title interests me I go to Amazon and it’s mega helpful to have all the reviews in one place for me to pour over.
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Here are three tricks that work well for me:
a Keep a Journal Handy to Jot Down Notes
I try to keep a journal and pen beside me while I’m reading. The reactions I have as I read will all too likely be forgotten when it comes time to sit down and type out my thoughts. (Not to mention it’s extra work to try and dig up those initial reactions after the fact. I don’t like extra work.)
Here’s a picture of notes I’m making as I read an eARC of Interred by Marilyn Almodovar for a review tour stop here on January 27th.
a Start Writing the Review Before You Finish the Book
I keep a Word doc going of reviews and start composing my thoughts before I finish the book. This is also where I type in comments from my review journal. It's much less daunting to finish a review that's already been started.
Here’s something I started for the book The Demon Lover, by Juliet Dark even though I’m only 15% in:
This is like nothing I’ve ever read before. From page one I was pulled in. I mean, how could I not? A demon lover who appears by the light of the moon to ravish women and give them mind blowing orgasms. <fans face>
a Write the Review As Soon As You Finish
If I have skipped the above steps, which keeps happening with Karina Halle’s Experiment in Terror Series – they’re just so good I can’t be interrupted! – then I make sure to type out a review as soon as I finish. The more I wait, the more writing the review will begin to feel like a chore. But if I write the review the same day or the following, it's still fresh in my mind.
How about you? Got any review tricks up your sleeve?