Blogger Confession: I Can't Read a New Book Without Finishing my Review

Thursday, 25 September 2014



It’s an affliction. One I can’t seem to shake. I’ve tried and I’ve tried and I’ve tried, but this girl is just set in her ways. 




No, this practice didn't sprout overnight. It's been a constant; It just never used to bother me. I’d read a book, type out a few words and that’d be it. It was a quick and easy process. 

The thing is, throughout the year, I’ve come to realise that with every new book I read, I've just have more and more to say. Like a lot. Because I like opinions. And naturally, I've got an affinity for my own (it's the vanity, I tell you!) In the early days my reviews averaged 700 words. Short, sweet, concise. But then they took a turn; gradually, they become more critical, perhaps at times analytical. Why? That’s just how I write. It’s easier for me to zone in on issues, pick at ideas and break things down. It's a skill ingrained within me since the toddler days. I was that kid who’d wait for her friend to labour over constructing that lovely princess sandcastle and then I’d kick it down. That sounds mean, it really does, but I swear I wasn’t. In my mind (I'm sticking by this) they were accidents, but who knows. All that’s for sure is that this is a natural gift— taking things apart, that is. 

But when you take a literary work apart, it’s not as smooth of a process as simply swinging your foot in the right trajectory and crushing the hopes and dreams of some five year old (I apologise sincerely to all my childhood friends.) It takes a bit more effort than that. My new means of undoing involves analysation and evidence. Evidence that is credible, supportive and substantial. 

Unfortunately this requires time, effort and a lot of sticky notes. Actually, let me rehash that. The actual process of collecting evidence is easy. Some may even call it fun. The fun, however, dissipates when I’m combing through pages and pages of notes—some of which are golden, but most are duds. And then the process begins: What makes the cut, and what doesn’t? If there are cons, then what are the pros (I’d like to think that there are always pros. I actively seek them out—being a Debby Downer isn’t a life I want to attain for myself.) 

So it’s a arduous affair, this whole reviewing thing. Nowadays, most reviews of mine average 2000 words and onwards. If I pull myself together, it takes on average about 40 minutes to write one. But then we get into structure and editing and all in all, it brings it to an average of an hour. An hour of my life, gone. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy it. Writing reviews bring me so much pleasure! They feel personal, you know? I bare my point of view, pouring them into words—my likes, dislikes and whatnots. And as a bonus, they act as a little personal recap—the words that I write may not directly and explicitly recount the plot but they trigger things. 

What bothers me is this inclination to write my reviews before continuing onto my next book. The unwritten rule. I just can’t bring myself to factor something else into my mind. But why? What hinders you, Jess? To be honest with you, I don’t know. And it’s killing me, this feeling of not knowing. I like being in control, knowing the facts, knowing where I stand. This situation boggles me. I’ve guessed that perhaps it could be due to the fear of confusing two different books together. I want to keep my reviews as objective as possible, and that includes keeping all the thoughts exclusive to the book in question. But in doing so, it means that I have got to write my review immediately after closing the last page of the book. That is the consequence of fearing book contamination

However, this poses a problem: I love writing the actual review but in order to keep things fresh, reviewing immediately has made the process feel like a chore. BUT wait, there’s more. Because I’m super selfish and just want everything in the damn world, it also rules out the most obvious solution. You’re probably thinking: “This is the easiest problem in the world to solve. All you’ve got to do is give yourself a break in between reading books and in that time, let everything sink in and then write your review.” But no. I’m also stingy on time. Being the fabulously impatient person that I am, I like to work with immediacy. Like immediately reading another book following the completion of another. 

So there’s my little personal problem for you all. I’ve got no means of fixing it. Perhaps it's a personality thing and I'll never be rid of it. Who knows? It’s not to say that I don’t always enjoy the process. I do ( And ashamedly, I enjoy it even more when I write negative reviews because sometimes faults are easier to elucidate D:) Someday I’ll figure out the perfect balance but for now, I’m stuck: Read, review, read. It’s like a sandwich except you’re not allowed to customise it. My Mother would be shocked. She hates being forced to eat both slices of bread.

So what are your thoughts on my problem? Have you got a diagnosis? A medicinal cure, perhaps? Or are you caught with the same affliction? Do tell. I'm curious. 

67 comments:

  1. I'm kinda the same now that I've started blogging. I can't read a new book until I review the other book I've just finished!

    www.internetlyaddicted.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. The feeling sucks, doesn't it? Sometimes I've got a million thoughts running around in my mind and it's so hard to bog everything down.

      Thanks for stopping by Laura! x <3

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  2. I totally put sticky tabs in my books, too. For review. But also because there are just some passages I really want to remember. I usually go back and type up quotes in a "Quotes" folder.

    "Writing reviews bring me so much pleasure! They feel personal, you know? I bare my point of view, pouring them into words—my likes, dislikes and whatnots." --I totally know how you feel. It legit hurts me to release a review onto the world when I don't feel like I've put everything of my thoughts/soul into the review itself, which is ridiculous, but that's just how I feel.

    "What bothers me is this inclination to write my reviews before continuing onto my next book. The unwritten rule." --Oh man, I don't know how to help you. I have the complete opposite problem. I'm always reading a million books at once, and then when I finish a book, I immediately move onto the next one and say I'll review it "later". I guess that makes me a procrastinator....no wait, I AM a procrastinator. If it helps, I look forward to your analytical reviews...hehe.

    P.S. I see you're reading Between the Spark and the Burn. I'm reading that right now, too. Violet is a ridiculous narrator. Interested to hear your thoughts :)

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    1. I love sticky tabs (and I own way too many). I liberally mark all types of things--things that don't make sense, things for future reference, quotes that take my fancy. You're definitely more organised then me though. Maybe I should look into typing some quotes out!

      It's understandable, right? I mean, it's our personal opinions out in the open and it feels a little bit raw.

      I procrastinate in other aspects of life, so I feel you there. But for some reason, this is the one time where I don't get lazy LOL You give me strength though. Perhaps this is inclination is just a sign for me to leave my procrastinating days behind.

      This is an older picture that I snapped so I've already finished Between the Spark and the Burn. I have a review that you can check out here. Violet's ridiculousness knows no boundaries. I can't wait to hear YOUR thoughts now :D

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  3. Okay, first of all this post was hilarious and I feel sorry for your childhood friends, really LOL
    Second, I understand you perfectly well. Once I've finished a book I want to review I have to write the review immediately after reading it. But I don't feel as stressed because I don't review every book I read because that would be well, a disaster (and I would go bald, just due to stress hahaha)

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    1. HAHAHAHA I realise how mean of a child I was. I can't believe I used to do that :b

      It's nice to have a compatriot! I'm so scared of loosing my train of thought. Stress doesn't treat anyone kindly, does it? =___=

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  4. Oh my! That's a good process! I don't take notes, but highlight (because tablet) when there's things I want to quote. But I do it rarely. Also, same thing. I don't review before getting on the next book because I feel like it kinda ruins a little what I have to say in my review or that I would get confused. Yeah. :P

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    1. I loveeee highlighting! (But because it's so easy to do so, I highlight waaay to much and then can never find what I need LOL)

      *high five, girly* At least this way we're not procrastinating, right? I get so confused, so easily. I'm doing the world a favour, really, otherwise I would just be writing a jumble of nonsensical things hahahaa

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  5. I'm the same! I sometimes take notes as I go and tab key quotes, and I like to finish the review for that book before I start another one, just to have that feeling of completion and not get confused over the plot if I was to start something else. Great topic Jess :)

    Eugenia @ Genie In A Book

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    1. I've got to admit, that elation when I complete the review just feels so good. And when I begin a new book, it means I don't have to have voice guilt-tripping me in the back of my mind, telling me "Jess, you're getting confused already. You've done nothing. Write that review".

      Thanks for your thoughts, Eugenia! ^_^ <3

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  6. Ohmygawd, I know EXACTLY what you mean! If I don't write a review within a day or two after finishing the book...oh I'm all messed up. For one, I forget a lot of what I wanted to say, even with notes and highlighting and all that crap. Second, It puts a stop of my reading bc I can't read much unless the review for the previous book has been written! If I'm reading anything at all, it's a few pages of an entertaining book, or one I don't necessarily plan to review (unless I want to). The sooner I write the review, the sooner I feel better too like, ohh on to the next! Otherwise, I feel guilty lol.

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    1. I forget everything as well! And then I look at what I've got and I wonder...."what on earth was I trying to achieve/say" LOL I get that guilt as well. It'll eat at me if I go onto another book, so I feel you on that front =____=

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  7. Hmm, this is a really interesting topic! Some days I fly through books, other days I'm a bit slower, so for me -- personally -- it generally doesn't matter when I write the review, as long as it's done. In saying that, though, I do try to write the review close-ish to when I've read them. Because how else can I effectively write the review? I need to be able to remember what happens in the book! I'm generally not a note-taker or highlighter, though; if there's anything that stands out to be in particular, then I'll just remember it. (Unless it's a quote, then I MAY mark the page/take note of the page number to refer back to later, but that's pretty rare for me.) Preferably I'd write them straight after, but if I'm busy and can't write the review, and I've started reading another book in the meantime, then it doesn't really bother me.

    Great discussion!

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    1. I need to learn this skill from you! Sometimes I just think, "Let it go Jess, move on" and then it's just like, who do I kid, you know? And then I right the review anyway hahaha :b My memory probably needs to learn a thing or two from yours. For me it's no notes=no recollection =__=

      Thank you! And for stopping by! <3 x

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  8. OMG sticky notes?? That's badass! I usually try to watch my reviews within the same week, but I like to give it some time to marinate on what I read. Sometimes my 3 rating becomes a 2.5, or 3.5 depending on how I'm feeling.

    I appreciate your dedication, and as long as it's still fun and not a chore, keep at it! <3

    Amber Elise @Du Livre

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    1. HHAHAHAHA "Marinate"<---I LOVE THAT.

      Because I like to work with immediacy, my ratings marinate by the hour. But I'm so picky before I decide the rating and in my mind I'm doing about a thousand comparisons, element by element in order to get that exact rating.

      I love the satisfaction that comes with the end product though! And though shameful, I just wrote a particularly, (really, it was extremely), negative review on Goodreads and well...it was fun. The words poured out like crazy.

      Thank you, Amber Elise <33 x

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  9. I don't have the same problem per say, but I do tend to write a review before reading a new book. Sometimes I just don't have time and just move onto the next book though. In short, it's not a big problem for me, but it tends to happen.

    STICKY NOTES. OH MY GOD. THAT'S SO ME. When I read physical books, I use a bunch of sticky notes and tabs (color coded of course!). I'm a little bit of a neat-freak like that ;)

    Tori @ Bookish Affairs

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    1. I've got to learn to let it go like you. Then I'd really maximise time :b

      *HIGH FIVE* We should start a sticky note club--colour coding a necessity, of course ;)

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  10. I have the same rule! I've never actually met anyone who has the same process as me, so YAY!

    Yeah, I definitely always go write my review immediately after finishing a book, and I absolutely will not start a new book until my review is writing and scheduled. Just won't. I do usually have a few hours of downtime between finishing a review and starting another book, but other than that, I'm also very go-go-go with my reading time.

    Renae @ Respiring Thoughts

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    1. HOORAY! It's good to know that I'm not a lone wolf in this. I just love that feeling of accomplishment and having that piece of mind when I finally settle into a new book!

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  11. I started writing longer and longer reviews too! Going back in my archives...gosh...my reviews were TEENY TINY! Now sometimes I pick just a few things I want to say in my review, especially if I'm being particularly critical and feel like analysing the whole thing. I mean, it's probably not a bad thing. I just don't want to bore anyone while I go on and on and on. lol I overthink. BUT I AM NOT ASHAMED OF IT! I don't think we need a cure. It's just how we do things, right?!
    I also almost always review before I read a new book. I feel like I need to get my thoughts in place before I confuse myself by adding in a whole new book.

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    1. YES! To hell with a cure! In fear of embarrassing myself, I'm just going vaguely do a pop culture reference and say...Bruno Mars. HA! I can't believe I did that xD

      I'm limiting myself nowadays as well (even though...it doesn't seem like it). But I try, you know? Because I actually said all that I wanted to say then we'd be hear for an extremely long time. And I would be hating myself because the editing time would take up hours, days, weeks (no I'm getting extreme xD)

      I totally agree. The whole process of collecting your thoughts is hard enough with one book in mind, let alone adding yet another to the equation. Simplicity is what I like to advocate :D

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  12. See, I'm the opposite. I like th read other thing sbefore I write a review, so then I digest the book a little. Idk, maybe I'M the weird one? But I always remember things pretty well, so that's never issue.

    The long thing . . . My reviews are SUPER LONG in first drafts. Like, they're essays. And I have to edit them down SO MUCH. I try to snip them as much as possible so they're more concise and read-able, but sometimes I can't because there's too much to say

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    1. No, no! There are so many that I know that do it your way. I think it's a split vote, this one. Now I'm just envious of your memory :b

      Would you believe that I cut mine like crazy too! And they still seem out of control =___= I had a teacher who used to always advocate CLARITY and that would freak me out all the time because I ramble but sometimes what I've got to say is important (although technically I always think what I have to say is important haha xD). Maybe I've got to take a crash course in being concise.

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  13. I use sticky notes while reading so I don't forget stuff because I am a little bum in remembering things :D I am also the opposite. After I read a book, the next day I am going to read another and save the review later. I am a weird blogger XD But don't fret about your problem. It's totally normal to be inclined in reviewing books your way. Just be yourself and do what makes you comfortable :D :D

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    1. Thanks Abby! ^_^ Sticky notes are just the best aren't they. I hoard them xD I'm going to try a few new methods in the upcoming weeks--see what else is out there for me in the sea, you know? :D

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  14. LOL...I'm the opposite! I started with really big and rambly reviews and now I feel like my reviews have turned more concise and to-the-point instead of just being bombarded with a lot of pointless thoughts and information that really doesn't apply to the book whatsoever.

    But it totally makes sense to get longer reviews the more you blog. And no, I think your not wanting to read another book until you have your previous book reviewed is completely reasonable - I can completely relate to your fear of mixing up one book with the other!

    Thanks for sharing Jess! :D

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    1. I had an English Lit teacher who would love you! She preached clarity and being short, sweet and concise. Thanks for popping by, Zoe! <33

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  15. I used to do the same. I couldn't start a new book until I put my thoughts down, even if it wasn't a full review, just point forms to get myself started. But then I'd finish a book early in the night and would start my second book. So my process went out the window. Now I leave them a few days and try to write a few at once, which is pretty shitty actually. I need to pull my socks up and take a leaf out of your book. Pardon the pun. Great post poppet <3

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    1. I totally understand the desire to just start a new book when time is still ample. Nowadays I do a lot of my reading when it's pushing pm into am so when I do finish, there's no energy left to start something new D: I'm going to try and read at normal hours of the day now. It seems a bit healthier haha Thank you, Kelly! <33

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  16. I used to be like you! But now I'm starting to get this problem where I can't start any reviews or finish them, and instead just want to jump to another book and keep reading and reading! But when I finally, finally start writing the review, I realize that I just have so many things to say and can't stop xD I guess it just takes me some time to think about the book first before writing anything! Great post! :)

    -Kimi at Geeky Chiquitas

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    1. I have so many friends who love to just digest the book for a couple of days before jotting anything down and they always have some great things to say. Whatever works best, right? Thank you for popping by, Kimi! <33

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  17. Great post! I rarely write reviews straight after I finished a book. First, I need to digest the book, in order to do that, I read another book, lol. The thing is I rarely take notes while reading, I try to, believe me, but I always drop the pen at some point and focus on the reading part. Not writing reviews straight away make me able to fully analyze how I felt about the book I read. The downside is that since my notes are very sparse, I always have trouble remembering name of place or things that are complicated, lol.

    I know how you feel about needing to assess every part in a book, and needing to break everything down, I do the same, lol. And without surprise, at times my reviews end up being more like essays, xd.

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    1. It's nice and probably better to just let yourself be taken on a trip with the book! I just can't shut my mind off =______= But I totally get why you'd like to digest. That way you can get the best possible ideas out, right?

      I fear the review/essay types. Those scare me because...the editing xD

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  18. Just like you I have to write a review before I start a new book. It just doesn't feel like I completely finished a book unless I have written a review. It's like a conclusion and ending to the reading experience of that book. It never bothered me and it helps to keep up to date with reviews, I never have to write more then 1 review at a time thansk to this method. I never really tried to change it, although it can be annoying when you just want to start a new book, but haven't written a review yet, luckily I don't have that issue often.

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    1. It helps that I never have to write a backlog of reviews with this method we use. Plus, you're totally right. It does feel like I've completed the journey. I just wouldn't feel right if I haven't churned out something at the end! Thanks for popping by, Lola! <33

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  19. Hmmmm, this is a really interesting topic! I wish I was more like you! I currently have like 10 reviews to write and schedule currently. I do take notes on events and things that happened in the book while reading most of the time so I have all the information to write a review I just have to put it in the right order. I usually try to give myself a few days to process the book before I review it if not I usually ramble! When I finish a book I typically am in the mood to keep reading, so I do and get behind on writing reviews.
    Totally makes since to have longer posts as you continue blogging. I'm the opposite though. I like to write short and sweet without giving to much away.
    I also try to maintain a Friday night to Sunday afternoon with no internet every week so it would be really inconvenience to stop reading :p

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    1. Hey! On the bright side, at least you have the notes! I have the reading mood too but I push it out of myself before I loose my train of thought.

      Writing short and sweet is such a talent. I wish I could learn it, really.

      I love the idea of an internet purge for the weekend. How relaxing would that be, right?

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  20. Oh man, I wish I was like you! I sometimes read a book and won't review it until days or weeks later, depending on the release. I read Stone Cold Touch back in May but since it's out in October, I haven't written my review yet. I can't ever schedule posts. I post my reviews right after I write the. I'm trying to work on this.
    BTW-I love your photos! Any tricks you can share?

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    1. Hey, if it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? I mean, your reviews are still amazing! But I can get that it would interfere with timing issues! You'll find a way around it though :)

      Aww! Thank you *blushes* I normally just try to find a blank background. For books in particular I match the accessories with the colour scheme of the book. And for night shots, nowadays, I use a separate, unattached flash light. But I try to work with natural light as much as possible! ^_^

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  21. hahaha this is a brilliant post, I had a huge visual of kicking down sandcastles - I do feel sorry for your childhood friends at the time though LOL

    Anyways, I'd say I'm the same way, though I have gotten better lately. Yes I take notes while reading. Especially if the book is EPIC or terrible. In those cases I tend to have a lot more to say. Once I finish reading - I usually have my review post set up at this point with notes already in there, - I absolutely MUST get to my post and begin writing some form of my review. Sometimes it just flows and flows so I write the entire thing. BUT, when there are too many feels involved, I'm not coherent enough so I need to focus on ideas, not so much on structure and wording.

    If I've jotted down all my thoughts, issues and/or feels, I'm ok to start a new book because I feel comfortable that I won't forget and sometimes I just need to step away and let my thoughts settle. Usually though, the entire review gets written in that sitting and then I can move on to another book :)

    Like you though, my reviews are long and have even gotten longer. I can't help it xD Glad I'm not the only one ^^

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    1. PS- thanks for stopping by the blog earlier!

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    2. Oh, they never stop reminding me of it ;b

      So true. The words pour out of my mouth if a book is at the extreme ends of the spectrum! There's just so much to say nowadays and I can't hold myself back xD Hooray for a buddy! *high five*

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  22. I write down a lot of notes while reading, so most of my review is already on paper. This makes it easy for me to have a review sitting around while I'm reading other books. Sometimes I don't feel like writing a review, so I have like 6 of them and I write them in one sitting if I have the energy again :D

    I have NO idea what you could do about this. I gues.. you've got to let go and push yourself through it?

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    1. Sometimes my notes are so incredibly vague that I still have no idea what I'm talking about hahaha :b I'll be honest, since writing this I have attempted a little experiment. I read a book that SHOULD be getting a review but I haven't written one yet. Let's just see how much I remember when the day comes xD

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  23. That's really interesting. I don't have this issue but only because if, for some reason, I start more than one book at once, I draft a review for each as I go because I don't want to forget anything!

    I'm sorry, I don't have a cure! =( but is it so bad? Not to be that annoying person who's like "WHAA...? THERE'S NO PROBLEM!" but I admire that your sense of immediacy keeps you on a regular reading pace, and that you focus on one thing at a time. I always get frustrated that I can't read as many books as I want to! Also I get a bit scattered because if I get lazy with posting reviews then I end up writing a load of them at once. O_O

    Perhaps you could try allocating yourself a break after some books to allow yourself time to look forward to the next one! Then it might not feel like a chore. :) Good luck!

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    1. No, I totally get you! Perhaps this is a way of learning how to NOT procrastinate (since that's a big affliction of mine.) For once, I'm actually doing something on time :b Thank you for stopping by! <3

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  24. I also can't start a new book until I've written my review for the old one! My reason is I'm forgetful and it will nag at me until I do it, but yeah I've got it too. I don't see this changing in the immediate future, but it doesn't bother me that much. (Except when the next book starts calling to me)

    I liked your analogy of comparing negative reviews to kicking children's sandcastles. I'm sure there are authors who've felt that's what we do. I try to make notes while I'm reading, but then I blink and I'm 200 pages in and I have two notes from the first chapter.

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    1. I don't think I'm going to kick this habit either but it hurts, doesn't it, when the next book just beckons you :b

      HAHAHA I'm totally like you. I've always got a bunch of quotes from chapter one and then this huge gap before I realise that I let myself get lost. Thanks for popping by, Molly <3

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  25. That's actually kind of awful and I would hate it if I felt the same way D:

    I used to write my reviews as soon as I finished a book, because I was just SO EXCITED and wanted to get all my thoughts down. But then I ran out of time to just put aside review writing time immediately after a book. And writing reviews can be a tedious and time consuming thing. So that just stopped working out for me.

    Now, I'm able to write reviews pretty much whenever. If I have been seriously low on time, I can write the review on the day it is due to be published on the blog, but usually I like writing it the day before.

    I used to be scared of book confusion and melding, but it hasn't happened. My book memory is pretty good (as long as it hasn't been months or years or something ridiculous like that), and I find it easy to immerse myself back in the thoughts and feelings I had when reading the book.

    I really hope that you can find a way to balance your reading/reviewing needs, Jess!

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    1. I'm so jealous of your memory right now. Can we swap, please?

      I've been playing around with different methods since this post and so far, nothing has worked. I'm just not as efficient and eloquent and satisfied with the review unless it's done immediately after! I'm still brainstorming other ways to balance this out though! Especially when I read laaattteee into the night! But I'll find a way--I know I can :D

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  26. I SO understand how you feel. Writing reviews is fun! It really is. But it's also hard, and it gets even harder when you have another story running through your head, causing "book contamination," as you so accurately put it. I'm not quite as strict about not starting another book before finishing a review as you are, but I do like to at least have an outline before moving on to the next story. I wish I had some magical cure for you, but I have yet to find one. The best thing I know of is just to keep your habits in mind and try to plan your reading so you are in a position to write a review quickly after you finish one book. Best of luck finding a balance here!

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    1. I've had to scrap reading late into the night now because I know that I wouldn't be able to write a coherent review! So far it's not working out too badly. I did try to spread it out a bit but I wasn't satisfied with the quality of my reviews like that so apparently snappy works best with me! Thank you! x

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  27. Haha don't worry, analytical reviews are the best! (I think so, anyway). And I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who has to write a review before starting a new book -- You're exactly right; I want to remember everything, down the smallest details, and I just worry reading something else may get me muddled up.

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    1. The biggest worry is the mix up, isn't it? I'm glad I have a buddy in this case!

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  28. I wish I had this problem! I can read 5 books and not write a review of any of them. I take notes but things can still get foggy in my head. Your reviews are beautifully done and so precise! Mine tend to be vague at best :-) I do think that when I write my review directly after reading it is much better done so I really need to be more strict with myself. Great topic!

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    1. I've been trying to relax a bit but it's not sitting well with me! I just can't let loose so I envy you :P

      But thank you so much! It's hard to find a good balance but hopefully we'll find ours.

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  29. GAH! I honestly wish I could be more like you. I read book after book, then try to write reviews when I have time. Sometimes I even forget what the book was about and I have to go back and skim through it to write my review. SO NOT GOOD! My reviews are almost always short and sweet. I have a theory on this though... I think it's because I'm NOT an aspiring author. I don't use proper grammar, punctuation, and most of the time my reviews are just ranting like I would talk to a friend. But that's what makes our blogs and reviews so unique. :)

    I have to agree though - when I write my review immediately after reading the book, I do feel like it's better. If I go too long before writing the review I forget what it's about and leave out a lot of key material. So... keep up the good work!! :D

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    1. I love the conversational aspect of your reviews! It makes it a little personal, you know? So perhaps your method is working! :)
      Aw thank you! <333

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  30. I'm the same way! I used to be someone who would read read read and then write reviews. But I found that didn't really work for me. I have a hard time remembering my thoughts and such. So now I always write my review before moving on. :)

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    1. It's really the most effective method in order to be productive, isn't it?

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  31. I'm exactly like this! (Found this post and I was like YES THAT'S LIKE ME) I can't read another book without finishing the review for the previous book I just read. I think it's because I've always been one to do my school work/homework the instant I get it, so I think that is still ingrained in me even though I'm home-schooled now. I know that I will forget things from the previous book because I have a memory like a goldfish and I always find it best to write a review immediately afterwards when everything is fresh in my mind. Of course I sometimes love a book so much and have so many emotions towards it that it takes me a couple of days to write the review, but I still won't start reading a new book during that process. Fantastic post, once again! :) x

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    1. It's difficult sometimes, especially when I want to read a hundred and one things at the same time (aka this weekend) but it's worth it in the long run! I fear my memory so much that it's best to just get it all out! Thank you! <3 x

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  32. I actually wish I had this problem! I'm the exact opposite - I'm an organized mess of a person. I can read tons of books before writing a review on the first one, but by the time I get down to doing so, I get awfully lazy, and I end up putting it off for another couple books... D: We should partially swap tendencies or something! Heheh.

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  33. I think it is a good thing that you write your review before moving on to the next read. That way you don't forget or confuse yourself with new book material. I need to get in the habit of doing this.

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  34. I don't think it's really an affliction. I try to write my review before moving on to the next book. I must finish my broccoli before I can have my dessert.

    I'd rather write a review when the book is still fresh in my mind. If I start reading another book, some of that "freshness" goes away, or my feelings can be coloured by whatever I'm reading. Or, more likely, I'll just forget a whole bunch of stuff I wanted to talk about. So it's better if I get the review out of the way before moving on.

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