• Ms. Coffey

My Reviewing Process

Before

When I start reading, I dive into the story. I don't think about anything else until I take my first reading break. (I don't set a specific time. If the book is excellent, then I might not stop reading after a couple of hours. If the book is terrible, I might take a break 20 minutes into reading.) I then take a minute to assess everything. Are the characters interesting? What is the purpose of the story? Do I like the direction of the plot? Is the book easy to read? Then, I write these annotations into Evernote, or Grammarly, and assess them after I am done reading for the day.



Reading

When I start reading, I dive into the story. I don't think about anything else, until I take my first reading break. (I don't set a specific time. If the book is excellent, then I might not stop reading after a couple of hours. If the book is terrible, I might take a break 20 minutes into reading.) I then take a minute to assess everything. Are the characters interesting? What is the purpose of the story? Do I like the direction of the plot? Is the book easy to read? Then, I write these annotations into Evernote, or Grammarly, and assess them after I am done reading for the day.


When I am getting towards the end of the book, I start thinking beyond the storyline. I am making notes on character development, world-building, organization, and writing style, just to name a few.


Review

After I am done with the book, I immediately start writing on my computer. I write down my final thoughts and favorite/ least favorite parts of the book. When I finish that, I don't touch the review for several days.


I like to let all my thoughts and feelings sink in. After I have had time to reflect on the book, I start writing the full review.


First, I put a quote from the book at the very top of the review. I think it sets the tone and gives the reader a little preview into one of the more critical lines in the book. Next, I talk about the book itself (publisher, author, series, etc.), then I give a synopsis of the story. I then dive into the logistics of the book. I talk about the writing style, organization, world-building, characters, plot, and setting. After that, I add my favorite and least favorite parts of the book. This is my chance to make an argument if the book was very good, okay, or bad. Lastly, I give my rating and why, who I would recommend the book to, and other books like it.


I try to use the same template for all of my reviews to keep them consistent. I have a lot of fun writing them. Since nobody ever reads them, they are more for me than anything.

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