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Sunday Salon: Still Playing Catch-up

November 8, 2009

The Sunday Salon.comHappy Sunday, all!

It happens after every read-a-thon: I get buried in reviews to write, I procrastinate, and then I wind up having to remember what I wanted to say about a book that I finished weeks ago. At the moment, I’ve got four reviews to write; I’m going to try to bang out at least two of them if not three today – that should provide a nice excuse to procrastinate my big ol’ stack of grading, since I’ve already used the “I really need to clean the house!” trick.

But, at the same time, It’s kind of nice to be putting up two-week-old reviews, since that gives me a little bit of leeway to re-read an 800-page book (Knife of Dreams, which I may or may not wind up reviewing) without worrying about total blog silence. I’ve also got a stack of non-renewable books out from the library, glaring at me, and distracting me from said re-read. I figure I might get my reviews caught up to the present somewhere around Thanksgiving.

What about you, readers? Do you review books as soon as you’ve read them? Do you post reviews as soon as you’ve written them? And, if you answered “yes” to that first part, do you have some of your magical non-procrastinatory pixie dust to share?

12 Comments leave one →
  1. November 8, 2009 10:20 am

    I go in phases. Sometimes I get reviews up immediately after I’ve closed the book, and sometimes I just leave them alone for ages. I think when I’m doing a lot of rereading, I’m less inclined to post reviews – either of my rereads, or of any new books I’m reading at the same time.

    Looking forward to reading your reviews! It will be a nice break for me from grad school applications. :)

  2. November 8, 2009 10:25 am

    If I don’t write a review immediately, I forget too much of the book! I may not post it immediately, but I’ve got to get it written, or it will be lost forever!

  3. November 8, 2009 12:46 pm

    Nope, I don’t write them as soon as I read them! I take some notes to remember my main feelings and ideas, but right now I have a pile of over 12 books to review! That’s why I created my own Review Challenge, hoping I could clear most of it before the end of the year. It’s going well so far, except that I keep reading, so everytime the pile goes down, it goes up again a little!

  4. November 8, 2009 1:15 pm

    I wish I reviewed books as soon as I read them! I will generally have huge days of reviewing and get all of mine done, then procrastinate for a while until they build up again. I never post them immediately, though. I have too many to post.

  5. November 8, 2009 2:49 pm

    I used to get reviews up the day after I’d finished the book, but no longer. These days I always seem to end up with a nice little stack of to-be-reviewed books sitting on the edge of my desk, just waiting for their time to shine. Even when I do read longer books (or books that take me a long time to read), I can’t seem to reduce the pile by very much. Sigh.

  6. November 8, 2009 5:15 pm

    I wish I only had 4 reviews to write! I have 13 book reviews, a product review, and 7 other posts that I want to get up. The 21 posts in my drafts folder scare me…

  7. November 8, 2009 5:29 pm

    Earlier this year I wrote the reviews immediately following the end of the book. Now. . .well, that’s no longer the case. I’m not sure why I fall behind sometimes with writing reviews. Could be other things become the priority, I’m not in the mood at that moment to sit and write a review, or maybe I just want to start my next book.

    I’m brainstorming how I want my review format to be next year. I think I need to change it up some instead of sticking to the same formula each time. And I think I may have to ease the pressure off me by stating not every book I read has to be reviewed.

    Next year I really want to go back to reading being fun and pleasurable instead of stressing about reviews not written, challenges not completed, etc. I really got away from that this year. I do enjoy writing reviews, but when it starts to add unnecessary stress to my life, it’s just not worth it.

  8. November 8, 2009 7:29 pm

    I try and write reviews within a few days of finishing a book. If I don’t I’m afraid I’ll loose some of the flavor or feeling of that particular book. I also do not review all of the books I read, just the ones I want people to know about or books I’ve finished for a challenge.

  9. November 8, 2009 8:42 pm

    I try to write my reviews shortly after completing the book while it’s still fresh in my mind. I don’t always post right away because I like to have a few extra posts in reserve, but it doesn’t always work that way.

  10. November 8, 2009 11:24 pm

    I have a awful track record for review book’s. I have like 50 books waiting to be reviewed. But, no I don’t in fact review as soon as I read them. And also I post reviews as soon as I get them done(if I ever get them done.)But, to make a point I try to write reviews ASAP.

  11. November 9, 2009 9:25 am

    I post my reviews awhile after I finish a book, usually. I try to take notes while I’m reading so I have something to go on, but usually I wait since I only read books fast enough to post about a review a week. And I usually wait a day before I post a review — I write terrible first drafts so I like being able to go back and edit them before they go up. Good luck finishing your reviews!

  12. November 10, 2009 11:29 am

    I go between the two extremes. Sometimes I get right on the ball and write a review, but the majority of the time I procrastinate. I’ve got five reviews left (I think) from around the time of the read-a-thon. I’ll probably get to them next week. :)

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