Taking Notes While Reading
All right all, today’s discussion is partially my thoughts and partially me asking for advice. As book bloggers, we write reviews on most, if not all, books that we read. And I just hate it when I sit down to write the review and…. have nothing. I just can’t think of what my opinion on the poor book was. Often enough it’s not even that it was a bad book, sometimes I loved it, but I just can’t break that generally content feeling down into reasoning, ya know?
The obvious solution to this problem is to take notes while reading, but….
- I don’t want to ruin the immersion to analyze when I’m really into a book.
- A lot of the time I’m reading in the spare moments I can find and I’d rather read for those moments than write notes.
- I assume I’ll remember ;-) (bad assumption….)
- I don’t want to make judgements about plot, characters, etc until the end (if I think there is development still to come).
What I (try to) do currently is write on post-it notes anything that I’m sure I want to remember as I go if it’s really urgent, then flesh out the rest of the post-it note soon after I finish (soon is a relative term here >.>), and then use the post-it note to write the strengths and weaknesses sections of my reviews when I type them up, since those are the guts of my reviews. Often for short books, however, I don’t really write anything down until I finish, and if I’m having trouble thinking of anything, I’ll wait days until I write up a post-it note, which doesn’t really help me think ;-).
So, there is probably a better way, something in the middle of writing pages of notes like I had to do in English class and what I am currently doing, and I would love to hear what your strategy is! Especially how you deal with notes when on the go, since I’m not a fan of typing on the Kindle, and have yet to get the hang of highlighting…. Also have you figured out how to bribe yourself into writing reviews right after finishing a book? Perhaps chocolate?? Or do you think it’s good to get totally immersed in the book and not take notes while reading unless it’s super urgent?
What’s your strategy for taking notes while reading? Have you been having trouble keeping up with resolutions to write reviews sooner like me, too? ;-) Do you take a different approach for review books versus for fun books? How about if you know you are going to review the book or haven’t decided yet?
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