When I started this blog over two years ago (...where has the time gone?), I loved the idea of sharing my thoughts of the books that I've read and to be able to talk about fictional characters without people looking at me like I have a mental problem.
But up until that point, I'd never written a book review before. I don't know about the rest of you, but I don't think I'll ever forget my first ever review that I wrote. Mine was of Maggie Stiefvater's Forever. I think I must have spent hours writing it. I remember approaching it the way that I would've written an essay in English class, with quotes and topic sentences. Man, that seems like a long time ago.
As time's gone on, my approach to review has changed, however, it is still awfully time consuming. I really admire those bloggers out there that punch out multiple reviews a week - I just don't know how they do it! I've come to realise that I am a pitiful reviewer. Do you know how many reviews that I've written? 43. Forty-three! That's approximately 1.8 reviews a month, which is just shameful.
I wish someone had told me how hard review writing can be before I started. Would I have still done it anyway? Absolutely! But I would've gone in with my eyes open and the knowledge of what was ahead of me.
Though, I have to say, the benefits definitely outweigh the cons. Like when an author see's a review that you've done and thought, 'Hey, I should get her to review my book,' and you get those amaze-ball emails asking you to please their books. The free books don't hurt either - I think I would be broke without them to feed my book addiction. But the best part for me is when I get to interact with author's of my favourite books, able to actual conversations with them! And when I get signed novels? I get all excited like a puppy when it sees something new.
I think that is what my aim for this year is going to be, to write more reviews. It's going to be a hard slog with uni and all, but I'm hoping with practise, the reviews will come easier to me and take less time.
Do you lovelies have trouble with the time-consuming task or reviewing, too?
How do you handle it?