Now that I think I’m starting to get the hang of this whole blogging thing, I think it’s safe to say that my reading habits have changed. It’s funny because you can tell when I’m planning on writing a review for a book; I have notes, highlights, and a million updates on Goodreads to track my thoughts throughout the reading process. This 100,000% helps me when I need to go back and look at things for reference as I’m writing the review.
By far, the best review I think I’ve ever written was for A Court of Thorns and Roses. I knew that I was going to write a review, so I highlighted like a mad woman. 40+ highlights later, and my review feels solid with quotes included! I’d love to get back to that thoroughness and format for my reviews because it helps me to be an active reader. Flash back to like 6th grade English (at least. I remember it being mentioned before, I think) where they encouraged us to be active readers by taking notes, asking yourself questions, etc, etc. Man I wish I would’ve had this figured it out in high school. It would’ve made reading for classes so much easier.
Anyway, I digress. I’m not going to lie, reading as a reviewer (at least for me) is a lot of work. Especially if you want to write a review that can potentially help someone determine whether or not they want to read a book. That doesn’t make it any less enjoyable, though. I notice more details that I don’t think I would if I were just reading it to read. I remember more from the book, such as Chaol’s favorite food being Boar Stew in Crown of Midnight, which I used as inspiration for one of my Monday Morning Cuppa posts.
That’s not to say that I don’t like just sitting back and allowing the book to transport me into another world without worrying about character development, plot holes, world building, or making sure I take good notes so I don’t forget a thought I wanted to share. I simply have that reprieve from the world for a while.
Do any of your habits change when you’re reading for fun vs. reading as a reviewer? Or do you continue to the same habits to stay in practice? Leave a comment and let me know. (: