Today I’m linking up with Samantha @ Bookish Serendipity for Read. Blog. Discuss. See more about the monthly link up and how to participate here. This month’s topic is Reading as a Reader Vs. Reading as a Blogger (Reviewer). Yay, exciting!
Reading as a Reader –
I read to enjoy. I read because I adore words, and characters, and stories, and I devour books like I devour chocolate. Hint: that’s a lot. And, being honest, I am not entirely sure that there is a huge difference between me reading as a reader – and me reading as a reviewer. And it all comes back to the fact that I love books (have you realized that yet?), and regardless of how much I like – or dislike – that book, I’m still able to appreciate the amount of effort that has gone into it to get it into my bookstores. Admittedly, I’ve got a bit of an in-built critiquer, though. So it’s quite hard for me to read a book and to not pick apart its every little flaw. Is this horrible of me, to always be searching for the flaws in something? Maybe, but neither does that stop me from enjoying a book, or, even if I’m not fond of it, finding something to enjoy about it. You could also say that I read books to escape reality a bit, so that is where I differ from reading novels as blogger / reviewer.
Reading as a Blogger (Reviewer) –
I try to review books logically, fairly, and as honestly as I possibly can. So how does this affect my reading? Simply put . . . it doesn’t. Not really, anyway. I’m still able to enjoy a book while reviewing it, so it doesn’t change much. In saying this, though, there are slightly different things I would do when reading a book to review it.
- I make a mental list of things to talk about in my review. I don’t even have to write it down! It can be purely mental, and that’s okay. (As long as I don’t forget it.)
- I don’t let the fact that I’m going to review the book lessen my enjoyment of it. Reviewing and reading is a passion of mine – so I wouldn’t want that to ever, ever change.
- I might write some things down. Like, for example, a page number of something that happened which I want to talk about in my review. (This is also necessary if I wish to quote from the novel, too.)
All in all – there isn’t much of a difference between reading as a reviewer or a reader for me.
Reading as a Writer (This was inspired by Ana @ Butterflies of the Imagination’s bonus question. I hope you don’t mind, Ana!) –
This is where I pay slightly more attention to what I’m reading than usual. One of the best ways to improve your writing – apart from writing a lot, obviously – is to read a lot, and to actually pay attention to what you’re reading. Like, for example, when you’re reading a book you absolutely love to death. I try to ask myself what it is about this book that makes it so good? I might even write down notes and stick them into my notebook if something is done particularly well, so I don’t forget it. I don’t obsessively sticky-note things, but when something stands out more so than usual I make note of it. And, the same goes with a novel I’m not really enjoying. I ask myself what it is that I’m not enjoying – and learn to avoid and / or build on it so that it does work.