Apr 11 2019

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Writing Book Reviews As An Author

Inspiration To Make It Easier

By: J Lenni Dorner

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter J
is for jubilant

Did your own life or mood impact how you feel about a book you’re reviewing? This is touched on briefly in the book. This post is more detailed.

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Sometimes when reviewing, if the reviewer is in a good mood, the review becomes more positive. We turn to books to escape reality, to change our mood. There are books out there that have made readers feel better.

But sometimes a person just isn’t jubilant, and nothing will change that. Their negativity can contaminate the memory of a good book.

Emotions can influnce how a review is written. This is especially true when there’s a large gap of time between reading and reviewing the book. So first recognize and consider your emotional state before posting a book review.

  • How is your day?
  • Are you managing your mood?
  • Did you sleep okay?
  • Has a big life-event impacted you today?
  • Is anger making you want to blame someone?
  • Have you carefully considered the implications of your words?

Reviews don’t have to be perfect. And you don’t want to write a review devoid of emotion. Just take a moment for awareness of your mood. A friend of mine suggests smiling when writing. She swears it makes a difference in the words.

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Question: Have you ever written something while in one mood, but thought differently about it later?

— J, Co-host and Team Captain #AtoZChallenge


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  1. I have just finished a book but won’t review it until I’m in a less stressed state – after A to Z is over.
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    1. Yeah, April is a crazy month.
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  2. I have done book reviews and find that my mood will effect the quality of the review. I try to let any review stew overnight.

    1. That is very true.
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    • joy on April 11, 2019 at 1:02 PM
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    yes. i have had a very bitter feeling about a book but will try to sleep on it to see if my mood influences a changed opinion. sometimes – sometimes not.

    Joy at The Joyous Living
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    1. We’ve all been there. Sleeping on it is a good idea.
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  3. Usually if I’m in a mood (read dark and dangerous), my review will be longer and show more of the good points that made me read the entire book and (scarily accurate) the bad points and grammar issues/typos/missing words that irritated me endlessly. And if I’m really in a mood, I probably won’t finish the book if the bad outweighs the good… Yeah, check my review for “Rebecca” we had to read for the IWSG book club on Goodreads: not nice, but honest and respectful. Even after I’ve slept on it… for a month. But good moods? Shorter reviews, more praise, better ratings. But can you really trust someone who is so happy they like everything? I’m sure that’s how I ended up having books on my TBR that aren’t as good as the reviews… #FoodForThought
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    1. Yeah, it can be like that sometimes. But on occasion, a book causes the mood. Z post goes into negative reviews more.
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