I love getting into the groove of writing reviews. I read a book, power up my computer, and type away. For books that I do review, this is what I end up doing. Adding in watching YouTube videos and goofing around, of course. I’ll have a review whipped up nice and quick, then move on to the book.
But sometimes, that groove doesn’t like me. It kicks me out. I am left to type away at the speed of treacle (molasses) and writing a review feels arduous. I know what you’re thinking “Ana, just take a break and move on to the next book.” But I can’t! I have to write out the review before moving to the next one, or else I might forget some things I want to add.
So what sort of feelings bring out this transformation from Normal Ana into Sloth Ana? What kind of books could possibly to this?
Books that I absolutely loved
Okay, okay, hear me out. I try to balance the length and content of my reviews, and I have two sub-categories to this one.
Too much to talk about: I don’t want to overwhelm someone with me going on for ages on ages about a certain character or scene. Trust me, I can go on for pages about a character that I loved, but I want to keep my reviews relatively short and to the point. I end up with way too much to talk about and I just don’t know how to narrow it down!
Too little to talk about: I’m sure we’ve all had those moments when we enjoyed a book so much that it just left us speechless. It was so good and you want to shout about how great it was, but you can’t really pin down why you loved it so much. I get all incoherent and no one wants to read a review that’s basically just me going “LOVED IT *FLAILS* LOVED IT *SQUEALS*” in one paragraph.
Books that I really disliked
This works for the other side too.
Too much to talk about: I really don’t want my reviews to turn into rants but sometimes I’ll go off the deep end. Angry Ana takes over and I end up with a review that is way too long because there was just so much that I disliked. Editing this and trying to make it into a more reasonable one is a task for me.
Too little to talk about: Sometimes I’ll just come across a book that doesn’t sit right with me. I don’t know why but it just put me off. I don’t like writing a review like this because it just doesn’t seem fair. I want to try to write something that makes sense that isn’t just “Hated it. Bye!”
Books that everyone else loved but I didn’t
On my old blog, I confessed that I am chicken of posting bad reviews of books that everyone practically raves about. After hearing so many good things about a book, about the things I should be squealing over, I put the book down and go “… Is something wrong with me?”
When it comes to writing these reviews, I struggle to find a way to express my negative feelings about the book. I want to give my reasons why I didn’t like it, but I don’t want to come across as a complete butthead either. Writing reviews like these are the worst for me, even worse than the previous two.
What about you, dear reader?
Do you have a hard time writing reviews too? Is this true only in particular situations or for certain types of books?
Let me know in the comments!