Dec 8, 2008

Musing Mondays: Readin' & Reviewin'

How long do you wait after finishing a book before you pick/start another one? How many books do you have planned ahead or do you pick up random books from your tbr pile (if you have one)? Do you review right away or keep reading and come back to it later?
My response:

Usually when I finish a book I really liked or one that left a strong impression on me, I like to wait at least a few days before starting a new one. I don’t like to jump into another one right away. That being said, if it was a book that was just ok to me, then I would be quicker to start another one.

I do plan ahead what book I’m going to read next, however sometimes that changes often. If I have several ARCs to read, then I already know what I’m reading next, but if I’m caught up on those, I typically have at least 4 or 5 that I pick from my TBR mountain. Either way, its a hard decision!

I don’t like to put off writing my reviews. Usually I start right away, but I allow several days to finish it. I’ll write a review, then leave it for a day, then go back and re-read it to make sure my feelings are accurate and not just spur-of-the-moment.

With my full-time job, I find it hard to read multiple books each week, so I read a book, then write the review. I like for the book to be fresh in my mind, therefore, I don’t put off the review. I find that if I rush into the next book I’m more apt to push the characters that I’ve just ‘met’ out of my mind quicker, without savoring those good stories. For instance, when I read THE KITE RUNNER, I waited a whole week before picking up a new book. I feel like I owe it to the author, who put their heart and soul into writing that book the time to reflect and remember what I liked about it. My reading is done for my pleasure, not to see how many books I can read and I find pleasure in reminiscing about a book if it really touched me.

What are your thoughts on this subject? Do you go from book to book or do you wait a day or two to start another? For more answers from other bloggers, click here.


  1. I'm like you. I write the review almost right away but I wait a day or so before publishing it.

  2. I like to wait a few days to write the review, but I also sometimes start writing the review and then come back to it to make sure I still feel that way!

  3. I would like to write the review right away, but just don't have the time, sometimes. I'm still working out my review process. I reread it several times, even after posting to see if there is anything I want to change.

    My post is up now.

    Robin of mytwoblessings

  4. I feel lost if I don't have a book going.

  5. I definitely go from book to book because reading is my addiction by choice. Not a single day has gone by without my reading something. Readings days are intercepted by occasional jounral entry day in which I write the review.

  6. I like the idea to write the review and then wait to see if you still feel the same before you post it.

  7. I like to take a day or so after finishing an emotional book before starting a new one as well.
    I dont put of fthe review either, this way I can still have the book fresh in my memory too.


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