These last two weeks on Gone with the Words:
Subscription Alternatives for Gone with the Words
Random Acts of Kindness – November Wrap-Up
Tune in Tuesday: You’re The One That I Want
Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My TBR List For Winter
Waiting on Wednesday: Amanda/Miranda
Waiting on Wednesday: Something Like Normal
TGIF is a weekly feature created and hosted by GReads! that re-caps the week’s posts and has different question each week.
This week’s question: Writing Reviews 101: What’s your process for writing book reviews? Any tips or suggestions you would recommend to other bloggers?
Let me walk you through the Jess reviewing process…it’s pretty lame. You’ve been warned.
The first thing is, I HAVE to write the review no later than 1 or 2 days after finishing a book. Normally, when I love the book so much, I write the review upon finishing it. Next…I have to have music playing. Or complete silence. But no tv! TV is way too distracting for some reason. Then! I open up a new Google Doc, name it, and ponder my thoughts. Sometimes I start typing nonsensical thoughts about the book until something forms in my head. And sometimes I write the last paragraph first…this happens a lot of the time, and it also helps me when I’m mentally blocked. Another thing I do if I’m blocked, is set up the post. I get the image and links and set it all up, just waiting for the review to be added. It just lets me think a little longer. The whole process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to hours. Just depends on my brain…
Now, two very important things that must be present in my reviews (and any others I like to read, for that matter) is FEELING AND PERSONALITY!
I think my reviews focus on what’s important to me, the characters, so I talk about the them more than anything else most of the time. I like to put my emotions about them into my reviews; if they made me angry, laugh, cry, and especially if they make me swoon…it all goes in there. And they’re always my own feelings…sincere and honest.
But I also want to make sure my reviews, and other things I write, sound like they’re coming from me…funny, smart-ass, sarcastic me (Yes, I think I’m funny! It’s a subtle kind of funny… :P).
The MOST important thing to keep in mind when reviewing though, is to always….
That’s the key. *drops mic, steps off soapbox, walks off stage*
This week’s question: What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to books? Maybe you don’t like love triangles or thin plots? Tell us about it!
Good question! Honestly, I don’t have specific gripes. I’m not really a stickler when it comes to books. Occasionally I will find characters that I can’t connect to, or a story that just drags, but I think that happens to everyone.