Wednesday, October 15, 2008

What Could You Live Without?

I keep meaning to write a review but then end up browsing instead. Bad, BAD Steph. :)

Anyhow, for today's interactive post: Reviewers, what is your least favorite part of reviewing? You pet peeves? Basically, like the title says, what all could you live without?

18 comments:

Amee said...

I don't like trying to sound semi-intelligible and interesting. It's hard for me to write a review that successfully explains what I enjoyed about a book while being interesting enough that people finish reading the review.

TheBookworm said...

The hardest reviews to write, for me, are "bad" ones for an author or series I had enjoyed until then.

I generally take a long time to write a review (half hour or more, crazy I know). I try to word it as best as possible so that I can pinpoint and be clear what I am trying to say. I never thought I would use a dictionary and thesaurus so much.

Khyrinthia said...

I hate that I have so much trouble coming up with adjectives. I overuse awesome and amazing and such. Even I find it annoying.

Just Blinded Book Reviews said...

Sometimes I have a hard time trying to word what I thought about a book, and the beginning and ending of the review is always difficult to write--it sounds awkward to me, like I'm trying too hard.

I also over use adjectives as well, but I've been trying to keep that down to a minimum or come up with some new ones.

Becky said...

paper cuts.

A.S. King said...

I'm not a reviewer, but I do write reviews and I find the whole darn process difficult. Seriously. I don't know how you all do it. When I finally do get around to writing a review, I always second guess myself when I'm trying to interpret what the author meant to say with the book. I guess since I'm an author, I know that a book can contain so many themes, I feel that if I focus on just one, it will be the wrong one. Mostly, I don't want to look stupid, though.
=]

sharonluvscats80atyahoodotcom said...

I have a hard time writing that period. I have a ton of thoughts in my head, but for some reason I have a very hard time getting them down in written form.

Diana Dang said...

Let's see... I sort of hate writing my opinion on it because I don't really give enough evidence of why it's good or bad. I say it just is. And I sort of rant without explanation. Then again, I don't mind so much because not a lot of people read my blog any way. So yea...

Kelsey said...

I, too, have trouble with adjectives. but that's were dictionary.com's thesaurus comes in play. Hehe.

simply_megan said...

I always have trouble writing the summary because I re-write it in my own words, and I don't want to copy exactly what the back cover says. I also have trouble articulating myself.

I also hate when you get a book you don't like, but you're supposed to review it. Normally, I would stop reading, but I feel guilty and make myself read it. And that's no fun.

Alea said...

I have trouble expressing myself and making it sound like every book isn't my new favorite, cause they usually aren't but it sounds like that!

Book Chic said...

Like the previous commenters, I have problems sometimes adequately saying what I think about a book. I really wish I could get a video camera because I always tend to do better when I just speak out my review to myself because I can fully explain things and all that jazz. But for some reason, it's hard for me to put that on the screen. So whenever I do get a video camera, expect a ton of review vlogs, haha.

Also, the pressure of reading so much stuff. I mean, most of it is my own fault for agreeing, but it's also the fault of authors and publishers for putting out so many books that I want and need. So it'd be much better if I could just get ARCs without having to review them, lol. :)

The Story Siren said...

least favorite part of reviewing: writing the reviews.

pet peeves: i use awesome way to much. i know i do and yet i still say it all the time. i need a new word. i try to sound smart and i'm really not, and i end up sounding stupid.

i always have a hard time expressing what i want to say in writing, which is supposed to be an easy thing. i wish i was as good of a writer as i am a reader.

Liv said...

I overuse my adjectives to an extreme. I've use them so much that I'm able to come up with about five to express each different thought I have about a book. I also don't give much substance in my reviews I don't think. Ah well.

Liz said...

I sometimes wish I could say: good book, read it!

And that would be it.

But you just can't do that, can you?

TruBlu93 said...

Writing reviews in whole, for me, is very difficult. I can usually easily recommend the book or tell what I liked about it. But when it comes to telling what the book what actually about, I don't know where to start or how to end it leaving the reader wanting to read more you know?

Reader Rabbit said...

Explaining exactly why the book sucked or didn't suck.
It always comes out wrong =_=

And sometimes the review ruins the book for me =S

Em said...

I just have to weigh in on this issue because this is something that has been annoying me for awhile. I could live without authors and publicists emailing me offering me picture books or obscure adult novels. Sometimes I do take the adult novels, just cause they sound good. But usually, I'm stuck having to email them back and point out that my blog is geared towards teen literature. I hate that they don't do their research...they just pulled my name off a list. Grr.

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