Review Rut Anyone?
Lately I have found that reading series it makes it hard to write reviews. I don't want to spoil earlier books for those who haven't read them, and I really don't want to be repetitive. For example, The Walking Dead is a great series and I am really enjoying it, but sometimes I feel like everything I want to say about a volume I've already said. Same thing with the Last Apprentice Series that I have been reading. Each book has the next chapter of a larger story, but it seems tough to really review these books like I would something that stands alone. The Lincoln Rhyme series from Jeffery Deaver is a series but each book is pretty much its own story so it makes it easy to review it without giving away spoilers.
One of my friends has a great idea and she reviews a couple of Graphic novels in one post. This allows her to get right to the point and keep the reviews short and sweet. I like that idea but right now, most of what I'm reading is graphic novels so that would cut out a weeks worth of reviews for me. Plus, sometimes I jut have a lot to say. I still really like her idea and maybe one day I will go to a similar format.
At this point you might be wondering if this whole post is just to fill a slot for the week. Well, it kind of is. I have had three reviews that I have needed to write for books I have finished but I just haven't had the drive to do so. No I am running out of scheduled posts and need to get back to writing. This whole topic has spent a lot of time on my mind and I wanted to see if I was alone on this. If you're reading this and you are a blogger then have you ever let books stack up than need reviews? Does it work better for you to sit down and write a bunch at once, or do you find it better to put the book down and write it? I do tend to forget somethings about the story and what I thought as time passes between reading the book and finally reviewing it.
I have heard a couple people I know who write notes as they read a book so they can write a comprehensive well thought out review. I have tried that but I am not very good at it. I either get so wrapped up in a book that I forget all about taking notes, or I spend more time looking for things to take notes on that I do paying attention to what is actually happening in the book. What do my fellow bloggers out there do to get themselves out of this reviewing rut? If you have read my posts in the past, what would you change about them? I may have only been blogging for just over a year now but I am anxious to adapt and make my blog something people enjoy reading.
I'm looking forward to seeing if this drums up any discussion. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section.