Today I’ll be participating in a new linkup hosted by Samantha @ Bookish Serendipity. This month’s topic is Reading as a Reviewer vs. As a Reader.
Reading as a Reviewer
When I first started this blog, I was really into writing book reviews and I posted quite a few of them, passionately weaving words about the books I love most. That subsided after a while, but this year I’m taking the plunge into the world of book reviewing and it’s my goal to review books consistently. I usually read books as a reviewer because I never know when I might want to review a book and I usually wait to judge whether I should review the book until after I’ve finished it. However, when I know for sure that I will be reviewing a book, I’ve found myself writing the review in my head as I go along. I always pay attention to the details when I read a book, but I’ve found that when reading as a reviewer, I tend to think more objectively and rationally. I make mental notes of what I want to put into the review and might even jot them down.
Reading as a Reader
As I said above, even when I’m reading purely for fun, I still pay attention to the details in the book because the whole process of reading is all about thinking while one reads. However, when I read for fun, I find that a lot of my thoughts about the book are mostly subjective and very CAPS-LOCKY if you know what I mean. I might think “I WANT TO WRITE A BOOK LIKE THIS!” or “MAN, I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING!” or “MY
FAVORITE CHARACTER OF EVER RIGHT THERE!” I don’t write a book review in my head as I go, but interestingly enough, I may still take the time to mark a page in the book with a post-it note if something really strikes me.
Ultimately, My Reader and Reviewer Sides Have Mixed
Now that I’ve been reviewing books more frequently both my reader side and my reviewer side have become meshed together. Both sides influence the other and enhance my reading in different ways, and I love that.
How about you? How does your reading change depending on whether you read as a reviewer or just a reader? And to throw in a bonus question, how does it change if you read as a writer?