Things Book Reviewers Can Relate To


I love reviewing books. I really do. That's why I do it, obviously. But sometimes - just sometimes - it can be a real pain in the -
ANYWAY.  
Reviewing a book can be hard. And in this post, I've complied a list of things I'm sure most of you have come face to face with during your reviewing journey. I certainly have :)



You have so much to say, whether it be good or bad. Heck, this could be your NaNoWriMo novel, your 80,000 word achievement, your crowning glory of a essay that your teacher won't understand  but somehow you have to make a concise review. Somehow. 
It's seriously hard when you see your review going on for pages and pages - yes I'm guilty of that - and yet you have to hold back because no one in their right mind is going to read every single word of that 80,000 word review. It's not a review anymore, it's a jumble of thoughts; or your NaNo novel, if you will.     



And then there's the opposite. Feeling okay about a book, and not knowing HOW ON EARTH you're gonna get a paragraph out of that okay
*sigh* 
And you don't want to waffle, either, so you really have to try dig deep and think hard. It's a pain. 



You know that beautiful or sexist or offensive or powerful line you should have written down the page number for and now can't find? I mean seriously! It was the backing of your argument, the cherry on top, and you needed it to explain what you mean in your review. But now it's gone. Disappeared from the pages.  
And darn. Your argument's fallen flat now. 



"How dare the author write something so disgustingly sexist? That's NOT LOVE IT'S ABUSE!"

I struggle with this a lot. I frequently have to hold myself back, take deep breaths, and resist writing a horrifically nasty, rant-filled review. I have to try look at the topic carefully and with a clear-head. 
But it's hard BECAUSE I'M SO MAD RIGHT NOW. And it's also kinda fun to write a rant review...



The book that everyone loves. And you don't. You just can't see it. 
("Excuse me while I sneak into a corner and furiously scribble my thoughts so no one can see.")

This is such a difficult thing. I always feel like I'm gonna get a ton of hate anytime I write a negative review of a book the world loves!
(But thankfully the blogging community is kind, so they often let me escape ;)  



I do this all the time.  Whether it's looking at other reviews and wondering if maybe mine missed the point, or whether it's looking back at my old reviews of different books and thinking "Well, I rated this one five stars, but I enjoyed it less than this one which I rated three stars": HELP! 

This seriously gets me down, because I'm constantly comparing the ratings I've given books - which I shouldn't be doing because JUST. LET. IT. GO. - and it's torture! 



You have SO MANY EMOTIONS AND SO MUCH TO SAY AND THE REVIEW IS NOT GOING TO BE CONCISE BUT IT HAS TO BE SO you sigh and sigh and try to rein yourself in so that what you're saying makes at least a tiny bit of sense. But it's hard, because the book has left you in tatters and shambles and you're scattered around the room in little bloody pieces and HOW ON EARTH AM I GOING TO FATHOM A SINGLE WORD



If reviewing the first book in a series was hard, reviewing the second book is agony. There is just something about reviewing books in a series; it gets harder as you go along, and it can be so difficult to avoid saying the exact same thing about the characters as you said in the review of the first book. 
Unless they drastically change, there's often not much more you can say about them. 





Can you relate to any of these things?! Are there any other struggles you face when you're reviewing?