When you write reviews, do you write them as you are reading or wait until you have read the entire book?
I normally wait until I’ve finished reading the book, although I might on occasion mention a book I’ve started and how I’m feeling about it. I find with most books you know right away if it’s going to be good. Sometimes a book surprises me, in either a good way or a bad way, and will start strong and lose my interest (Da Vinci code, this means you) or start kind of bleh and end up captivating me.
Sometimes I want so much to love a book, either because the premise is so good, or the cover so pretty, or the title so intriguing, but let me down. A Great and Terrible Beauty was one of those books for me. I wanted to love it, and its sequels, but in the end I was like Randy Jackson, it was just alright for me. It’s amazing how some books you know you’re going to love from the very first sentence- and those book never let you down because it’s like the author wrote the book with you in mind as the sole reader.
I personally prefer to read reviews based on the blogger’s whole experience of a book- the story is a journey and I want to know if it’s worth walking out the door or if I should just stay home and re-read Odd Thomas for the millionth time.