I recently realized that I have a very strict routine when it comes to reading and reviewing books. But I see so many other bloggers who DON’T have a strict routine, so I’m wondering if there are any bloggers out there like me?
First, I’ll talk you through my reading and reviewing process!
My Reading and Reviewing Process
- First, I pick a new book to read. It’s a very careful and selective process, but maybe that will be for another post. 😉
- Then, I draft my blog post. I do this before I even start the book! (Unless I’m like on an airplane or a train, etc. when I’m starting a new book.) I fill out all the book information, write in the synopsis, upload the cover image.. the whole deal! Everything except the review!
- I read the book! Obviously. If I’m reading in my Kindle then I highlight important passages or quotes I want to use in my review. If I’m reading a physical copy, then I sometimes take notes while I read. I don’t do it often, but it’s important if I need to address something very specific in my review or if I want to quote a certain passage. Plus I need to brainstorm quotes for my graphics!
- Immediately after I finish reading, I write my review. I absolutely CANNOT start another book until I’ve written my review. Otherwise my thoughts will get polluted and won’t be as focused. My reviews always feel more genuine if I can express my thoughts and feelings immediately after finishing!
- Side Note: I always use the HTML editor in WordPress (instead of the visual editor). I have the visual editor completely turned off. I know it’s because I’m a coder and it makes sense to use your own HTML if you know it because then you have more control over the layout… but I’ve never seen anyone else do this! Am I all alone?? Is there someone else out there??
- After the review is written, I start working on the graphics. This includes a slider banner and my “Word Rating” graphic, which I sometimes customize to be in the style of the book cover.
- Then I preview my review about a million times.
- Then I schedule my review, and I also post the review immediately up on Goodreads and LibraryThing (and Amazon if the book has already been released, otherwise I schedule when to post it on Amazon on Google Calendar).
- Then, finally, I’m free to pick and read another book.
If I don’t follow this exact schedule, things go wrong. I freak out a little, I worry about missing a step, etc. But more than that, it’s become a process and a routine that I’ve come to love! I get excited about starting a new book, about filling in the book info, about drafting a new post, or writing a review. I love the steps and it pleases me when I follow them! Is that weird?
But the most important things to me are:
- I cannot read two books at once.
- I cannot start reading a new book before I’ve written my review of the previous one.
I literally don’t know how some people get by with writing reviews days or even weeks later, especially if they start reading new books in that time! How do they keep the facts straight? My emotions are always highest right after I finish reading, so if I write my review then, then I think those emotions are more likely to show in the review itself.