Tell Me Something Tuesday: Review Stress?

Posted January 25, 2022 by Berls in Tell Me Something Tuesday / 13 Comments

Tell Me Something Tuesday

Tell Me Something Tuesday was hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings, but she has (temporarily?) stopped blogging. So a group of us that had been doing posts (Linda from Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell, Karen from For What It’s Worth, Roberta from Offbeat YA, Jen from That’s What I’m Talking About  and me) decided to get together, come up with some more topics and keep the meme going.Michelle made us a logo and we’re off and running. For more details, check out this post where I reintroduced the meme.

I can be sporadic, but when I do join in I will always share next week’s topic at the end of the post. So, today is about…

What do you do when that pesky review makes you work for it?

I think I’m about to expose myself as a book blogging fraud or something… but well this doesn’t happen to me, because my reviews are just whatever I’m thinking or feeling about the book. There was a time when I started blogging that I was really stressed about having quotes or having a good sense of humor in my review or just knowing my review was “GOOD” and well, those days have passed. I don’t have the time to stress over my reviews. I finish a book and I sit down at Goodreads and just say exactly what I’m thinking about the book and what I would say to a friend if I was tying to encourage them to read it… or tell them why they may not want to.

I do have kind of a formula in that I write my general, quick snippet reaction first and then go a little deeper. But if my thoughts aren’t thinking that way, then I write the review however my mind is thinking. This may work for me in that I am naturally a writer – words flow from me pretty easily. I love to write, and conversational writing is by far the easiest for me – which is how I approach my reviews, as if I’m talking to y’all. But also, I have come to accept the grammatical errors and less-than-perfect sentence structure in my reviews. I blog for fun and I cannot continue to do that if I stress over my reviews. When I publish them on the blog I do read over what I had on Goodreads and make some edits, but that’s it.

What about you? Do you stress over your reviews?

Next week’s topic: Share some of your favorite books written by Black authors or featuring Black characters.

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Michelle adopted me as part of her blog when I decided to close down my blog, Fantasy is More Fun. The blog was dying, but my love of reading and the blogosphere was still strong as ever - so I found my new home here at Because Reading!

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13 responses to “Tell Me Something Tuesday: Review Stress?

  1. Ha! I don’t stress over reviews but perhaps I should?!? I read reviews I wrote years ago and I always seem to think, “Wow, that’s a really good review.” LOL Of course, I haven’t written that many reviews as of late but I’m trying to get back to review writing. I can see where I might have some trouble with a review of a book that didn’t WOW me since I’m out of practice.

  2. I also don’t stress a lot about reviews, although I do have a general set up I usually adhere to. Like you I usually just write down what comes to mind and what I think about the book. I do have some reviews that are harder to write than others. Like in one I am writing next where one of the things I didn’t like is a bit of a spoiler and I have to think of how to word that to not reveal too much.

  3. I’m pretty much the same. If nothing comes to me when I sit down to write then I just hold off until it does.

    In my earlier days, I tried to write more *professional* type reviews that really went against my natural style and it burned me out even with reading. So now I just go with the flow.

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

  4. I take the same approach for all my reviews except for one of my bloggers who has a format template that she insists upon (and it’s not bad). Much easier. But, I will say that a mediocre book that wasn’t awful nor was it great leaves me with little to say about it and that can stymie me.

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