Blogger Confession: Review Writing Funk #IHaveIt

Posted October 22, 2012 by Felicia S in Blogger Confession / 53 Comments


Blogger Confession: Review Writing Funk #IHaveIt

Confession: My name is Felicia and I have Review Writing Funk.

Hi guys!  I am here to admit that right now writing reviews sounds about as much fun as going to the dentist.  I think I have a serious case of writing block for the non-writer.  I am NOT in a reading funk and to be honest that isn’t helping.  I keep adding more books to my “need to write-up my thoughts pile”.  In fact, I deliberately made myself take the weekend OFF from reading because the thought of writing yet another review about froze me to the bone.

Here is my current list of books waiting on my thoughts (I always write down my first thought when finishing):

Deadly Politics by Maggie Sefton

status Read from October 13 to 14, 2012
format Paperback (edit)
review Read for Fun
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 3.50

First Thought when Finished: Deadly Politics is a solid beginning to a brand new series from Maggie Sefton.

Review coming soon…

Heart of Danger (Ghost Ops #1) by Lisa Marie Rice

Read on October 13, 2012
format EBook (edit)
review Read for Review (Edelweiss)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 3.75

First Thought when Finished: Heart of Danger was a great start to a new series that hit my romantic suspense with a twist sweet spot.

Review coming soon…

Ink Flamingos (Tattoo Shop Mystery #4) by Karen E. Olson

status Read from October 08 to 10, 2012
format Paperback (edit)
review Read for Fun!
Overall Rating 4.25
Story Rating 4.00
Character Rating 4.50

First Thought When Finished: Ink Flamingos was a twisty, turny page turner that kept me on my toes!

Review Coming Soon..

Luther: The Calling by Neil Cross

status Read from September 19 to October 06, 2012
format Audiobook (edit)
review Listened for Review
Overall Rating 4.00
Story Rating 3.75
Character Rating 4.25

Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: Luther is an excellent book (or prequel to the TV Series) for anyone who likes gritty thrillers from England!

Review Coming Soon…

The Last Victim by Karen Robards

status Read in October, 2012
format Paperback (edit)
review Won from Library Thing Early Reviewers
Overall Rating 3.75
Story Rating 4.25
Character Rating 3.25

First thought when finished: The Last Victim had a really good thriller aspect to the story but I could have done without the strange love “triangle”.

Review Coming Soon…

All Summer Long (Fool’s Gold #9) by Susan Mallery

status Read from September 25 to 27, 2012
format Audio CD (edit)
updates view all 4 status updates
review Listened for Review
Overall Rating 4.50
Character Rating 4.50
Story Rating 4.50

Audio Rating 3.75 (not part of the overall rating)

First thought when finished: All Summer Long is going down as one of my favorite in the Fool’s Gold series. I really connected with Charlie and Clay!

Review Coming Soon!

Fatal Voyage (Temperance Brennan #4) by Kathy Reichs

status Read from September 17 to 19, 2012
format Audio (edit)
updates view all 2 status updates
review Listened for Review
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 4.00

Audio Rating: 3.50 (Not part of the Overall Rating)

Review Coming Soon!

The Deadhouse (Alexandra Cooper #4) by Linda Fairstein

status Read from September 10 to 13, 2012
format Audio (edit)
updates view all 4 status updates
review Listened for Review
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 4.00

Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: The Deadhouse had a strong start but the last half lost part of it’s steam.

Review coming soon

The Unspoken (Krewe of Hunters #7) by Heather Graham

status Read from August 17 to 21, 2012
format Audio CD (edit)
updates view all 2 status updates
review Listened for Review
Overall Rating 4.00
Story Rating 3.75
Character Rating 4.25Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First thought when finished: I am sad there is only one more in the series 🙁

Review Coming Soon!

So as you can see, I could probably go a good 3 weeks just on the books I have already read.  Has anyone else ever gone through the review writing funk?  If you have, how did you get out of it?  What do you think caused it?  I think mine is seeded in the fact that I don’t think I have anything new to add aka anything I would say has already been said in another review (and probably much more eloquently stated).  At this point, it has been awhile since I have read a few of them so that is part of the problem too!

I will be writing all of these out this week but I know I am going to “force” myself to do it.  I would love to hear what y’all do to get past review writing funk!


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53 responses to “Blogger Confession: Review Writing Funk #IHaveIt

  1. Oh jeez. I just added 3 of these to my Goodreads list. You are officially my go-to mystery gal now!

    I haven’t written a review in months. I think I forgot how! But I see you put up a review today, so at least you pushed through it. Off to read it now because that was one I had on my list! 🙂

  2. Amy

    I live in this world ALL THE TIME. I just want to go from book to book. The thought up firing up the computer, formatting and thinking of the perfect words makes me want to jump out the window. I totally loved your Down and Dirty Reviews the other day. Do those till you are feeling it again.

    I need some hard core Artificial Intelligence that can just take my thoughts as I have them and formulate a review that I just have to edit. I HAVE A DREAM!

  3. Ruby

    I’ve been on a pretty serious review funk for a while. It lasted and lasted until it finally turned into a blogging funk. Then I took a step back and made myself STOP feeling bad about not reviewing. Right now I’m working on being okay with posting other bookish content. The reviews, I hope, will become more natural with a bit more time. I already posted one this week, which is more than I’ve put up in the last month, it feels like.

    I don’t have a cure, though. I wish I did! I think it helps to write reviews for books that evoke a strong reaction from me. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be happening often lately.

  4. I just went through this and I think I had around 11 books to write reviews for. I just didn’t want to write them. Like you, I forced myself to write the reviews. Some of them suffered from it too; mainly, because I couldn’t remember all of the important aspects of the books. I did get caught up and just told myself that I couldn’t start another book until I had written the review for the previous book.

    As far as looking for something new to say, people who trust your reviews may really only be looking for your opinion on the book. Why you liked it or why it was just so so. 🙂 It doesn’t necessarily have to be something earth shattering or different.

    • Oh I am sorry you went through it too. It just seems to hit and then drag on. You seem like you are out of it so I am going to hope there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

      I think I am just going to write quick reviews that go over the fact of either I loved it or didn’t 🙂 I will leave earth shattering up to other people LOL

      • Oh!! I hope that didn’t come across as offensive. 🙁 What I was trying to say and may have failed epically is that sometimes people look for you reviews because you have written them. It takes some of the pressure off. 🙂

        • Oh gosh no! I meant that I think I was putting to much pressure on myself to be “awesome” and instead I am going to leave awesome to other people. If a year from now I can look back and tell if I liked it than that is good enough while I am in a funk 🙂

          Trust me, there was no offense. I knew exactly what you meant because that was the pressure I was putting on myself. It was only going to make myself fall further behind 🙂

  5. Has anyone else ever gone through the review writing funk? <– Is that a serious question? LOL

    Yes, I'm in a funk. Even though my just for fun reading has been limited because of school, I have managed to read a few fun books, but I can't seem to find the motivation to write reviews for them. My review well is all dried up. LOL

    Hope your funk ends soon.

    • LOL! I am just going to do shorter reviews for now which means they are really just for me. I am really in a reading “awesome” mode right now and not going to kill it for some review funk 🙂

  6. I wish I knew how to get out because my true list is 4 but I have already gave up on the thought of 2 and even those I am starting to reconsider. I know how I got in the review funk. The first half of the year I wasn’t pleased with my book choices and then I started reading amazing books and just wanted more because I was in a reading funk

    I usually write my reviews immediately after so now I am less inclined to write reviews especially for ones I will give a 3 star for.

    When I think of writing past reviews all I think about is the time I can be giving to another amazing book 🙂

    • I know we should write them when we finish a book but I am like you—I could be spending that time on a new book. When I get in a reading rhythm I am not willing to give it up. Maybe we will get out of it? Who knows *sigh*

  7. A huge reading increase is always accompanied by a review funk for me. Lol. This happens mostly because I don’t read and blog at the same time. When I’m reading, I don’t want to blog and vice versa. What I try to do to minimize it is prep posts when I start a book. So that the only thing I need to do once I complete the book is type in the review. Sometimes I don’t feel like doing that. I’ll write the review on a notebook at work or something if I have downtime to help with that. Or I’ll do multiple reviews in one post to just move things along. I know what you mean though, I’ve just been actively working on it. If only I could do the same for replying to my comments!

    • EXACTLY! I have to say it is more of a “building the whole review post” funk because when I am on fire reading–blogging is usually the furthest from my mind!

      (((( Hugs ))))) Girl you are so busy that we understand on the comment thing. I don’t know how you have time to get done what you already do 🙂

  8. I try to write a review as soon as I have finished the book, but sometimes my boyfriend is on the computer, or it is high time to go to bed. I had to write 4 reviews this weekend and I had zero inspiration. So I spend more time on Twitter and Facebook and blogs then writing reviews. Still, I got them done so I could go to the next book in the series.
    Short reviews are fine though, go for it 🙂
    And yes, I do write a review for every book I read for the first time, and for re-reads if that was pre-blogging.

    • You are awesome! You write such great reviews that I am not sure how you do it. I can’t even imagine writing a review for every book I read (aka Casual Vacancy) sometimes I just can’t put into words what I thought/felt. I love your reviews so I am thrilled that you do them 🙂

  9. BTW, I don’t write reviews for every book 1 write, sometimes I just rate on goodreads. I read because I like it, and i started the blog because I like reading and gabbing about the books I loved and didn’t. So, take that review writing pile!

    • I don’t write reviews for every book I read either. If I read them for fun, I only write reviews for ones that don’t get a lot of blog time or I haven’t seen out in the blogsphere 🙂 If they are popular books I just rate them on goodreads and be done with it 🙂

  10. ugh, I’m in the same boat as you, I am in such a review writing funk too. Currently, I have 6 books on to-write list, but that doesn’t include the books I read because I simply wanted to, several novellas, and my audiobooks…oops. I think that I just need to write simpler reviews for some and then save my more eloquent reviews for books that I really loved. Plus, it’s not just writing the review, it’s linking it up, adding info, images, yada yada yada… It takes time to get reviews up! ok, i need to stop before I continue on this soap box, sorry about the rambling Book Savvy Babe

  11. Fall Funk Reviews is pretty brilliant!! I ALWAYS have review writing issues. For someone with a book review blog, I’m not a huge fan of writing them. I wish I could think of a more creative way to get my thoughts out, that isn’t video (not happening) or pictures. I would actually like to incorporate more pictures but taking my own pictures is time consuming. However, now you have my brain working (scary!)… Anywho, I find writing them directly after finishing them the easiest, but I rarely do it.

    I do have one piece of advice, however, if it wasn’t said above: Don’t put the pressure on yourself to write a review for every book you read!! I have a list of books that I’ve read and have unfortunately been lost in the shuffle. I’m not going back now. Screw it.

    • I don’t write reviews for every book I read (I can’t even imagine)–I don’t even put them all in goodreads *gulp* (though I do put most of them into goodreads but if they are re-reads I just don’t) I try only to review “review” books and/or books that I don’t see reviewed very often. Though I may have to change that last rule if I continue to read cozy mysteries because they just aren’t reviewed very often. I don’t want to make myself to feel obligated to do it just because I haven’t seen them around. I may have to just start having a monthly I read it and liked it post highlighting them.

      I am going to do the Fall Funk Reviews! I actually knocked out 5 yesterday and it felt so good. I would love to make mine more fun and have several ideas but time to implement those ideas is slim 🙁

      Great response! You gave me tons to think about :0)

  12. You and me both, sistah! I have a list of ebooks I need to review but…just no. I’m not even reading a whole lot lately. Fall funk is the perfect name for it. Love the idea of quick and dirty Fall Funk reviews! (may have to poach…y’all have the best ideas!)

  13. I do this. ALL. THE. TIME. I will sometimes get up to 20 reviews “backlogged” at a time. I try to make it better for myself by writing them longhand (I find a pen and paper is less pressure than a blinking cursor), and when it gets really bad, I bribe myself by saying “I have to do X# reviews before I can do ANYTHING else.” It still doesn’t work particularly well though – I always pick up the next book and get into it before I get around to writing the last review so I put it off, and put it off and… Ugh! lol Let me know if you figure out the big secret!!! 🙂

    • I haven’t thought about trying it longhand first. I still journal in an actual notebook and prefer writing with a pen/paper. That might actually work for me though I would still probably get that backlog of putting them into the computer but at least they would be written 🙂

      • Glad I could help! I do still get that backlog of getting them into the computer, but I find if I devote one afternoon to laying out posts for the week (usually Sunday since that’s when I’m free) and they’re right there, then it’s just an hour or so to type them up, so it’s less hassle, you know? Anyway, good luck! 🙂

  14. I think it helps me when I don’t worry about it too much. If I sound like an idiot, then I do… it’s not professional and I know I don’t write well. Just have fun. TRUST me, I know no one would hire me on my writing so why worry about it? 🙂 How about just some minis? On paragraph… 3 sentences at the least. Sometimes they can be harder to write (for me anyway), but you get done quicker. 😉

    • Oh I gave up a LONG time ago trying to sound professional 🙂 That is actually why I adopted the What I Like, What I Love, etc way of reviewing. I have changed it over the years but it is the same basic premise. It was my way of cheating the system LOL

      I am going to do Fall Funk Reviews: 3 sentences per highlight area and be done! I knocked out 5 yesterday and it felt so good!

  15. Holy Cow, I am sorry you are experiences this and don’t blame you for taking a break on reading till you get caught up. Have you considered just doing mini-reviews on these to take the pressure off? I would also suggest writing your review as soon as you finish, the task seems less daunting when everything is fresh in your head. {{hugs}}

    • I am going to have to do mini-reviews! I figure the trade off is I will give them all their own post so they are highlighted but the reviews are MUCH shorter than normal. I just gave myself a break and said just wing it 🙂

  16. I am sitting here right now putting off writing a review, but I have to it is for a Friday post. I just make sure I write the reviews up right away and not to have any hanging over my head. Once they start piling up it is so hard to catch up and I think that is why you are in a slump, having to write ten reviews would make me sick to my stomach. At this point just write up reviews for the ones you have to and type up a couple of quick sentences for the others and be done the you can start over, I decided to give myself a break and not write up reviews for all the Iron Druid Audio books I am listening to and.i am enjoying them more since I don’t have to stress over the reviews!

    • I couldn’t even begin to write up the awesome reviews that you do. I know I should write reviews as I read but if I held myself to that I would probably quit reading. I am horrid about letting little reading vacation derailing me for weeks at a time 🙂 Quirky but true LOL

  17. JenM

    I love short “mini review” posts, so I definitely think you should do that instead of beating yourself up because you don’t feel like writing longer ones right now. Life is too short to drive yourself even further into a funk.

  18. I like Christi’s idea. When I was teaching, I went through a review funk myself. I basically just gave myself permission not to write the reviews (well, I did write a short bit on Goodreads, but that was more for myself more than anything). I also think that you sell yourself short when you say that you don’t have new anything to add to what has already been said. If you’re writing about what YOU thought and YOU liked and what YOU disliked, you ARE adding to the discussion because no one has said what YOU felt. Who cares what everyone else said? Write what you thought. Write it for yourself so you remember what you thought about the book.

      • For me, I approach writing reviews in the sense that it’s my experience with the book, and I write about what I liked or didn’t like. It helps me later on if I’m reading the next book in the series, or I’m just trying to REMEMBER. So if I’ve felt the way that other people have, it doesn’t matter. It’s not about them–it’s about me. (And also, I think talking about our experience is the best way to create discussion about a book. All those people who felt similarly? You can talk about it!)

  19. ME TOO FELICIA!!!! We should start a support group:) I’ve been in my current funk for about 3 weeks and it shows no sign of stopping. Like you, it’s not a reading funk, I’m still reading like crazy, but I don’t want to write my reviews at all. In fact I dread it. I’ve been making myself read non review books lately just so I don’t get any further behind on reviews than I already am. I usually just have to sit down and force myself as well, but then once I get past that first one the others come to me a bit quicker:)

    • I am totally cheating and doing Christi’s suggestion of Fall Funk Reviews. Though that is easier for me because of the way that I write reviews in the first place (I just don’t make myself meet my paragraph word count that I normally require–can you say High School English class flashback LOL). I think that would be harder for you because your reviews are so involved. I actually love your reviews sometimes more than the books (don’t tell the authors that LOL)

  20. I love Christi’s idea about Fall Funk Reviews! That would work for me. 🙂

    One of my book blogger quirks is that I *have* to finish a book’s review before I start reading the next one. This is good and bad. Good that the review gets written, bad that it delays reading!!

  21. I definitely understand where you’re coming from, but honestly…the only part I REALLY care about on a review is the rating. Why don’t you just post ratings for a while? I’d be satisfied with what you posted above for your reviews. That’s truly the part I pay the most attention to anyway. You can call them your “Fall Funk Reviews” (i.e This is all you get….)

  22. Girl I can totally relate! Writing a review takes a lot more time than I would have ever thought possible. That’s why I read, and continue to read, and then forget I have a backlog of reviews to write. Sometimes, its just better to MAKE/FORCE yourself to write the reviews. If you don’t they may never get done. I still haven’t written one for Shatter Me and I read that MONTHS ago! LOL

    • That makes me feel better! I totally forgot about the Heather Graham book read in August (I hardly ever look at that shelf on Goodreads) and now I am not even sure if I remember the particulars of what I liked/did not like. I am glad to know that I am not the only one that cringes at writing reviews. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  23. Marq

    Any kind of funk sucks. I’ve been in a review writing funk before. I would read, read, and read and then completely ignore the fact that I had to write reviews. On the bright side, I had a backlog of reviews and eventually more than enough content for my blog. The bad side is sitting down and writing those reviews.

    Good luck! Hopefully you’ll get out of your funk soon!

    • I tried to comment on your post yesterday about reading funks but the comment section wouldn’t come up for me. I often (now) have to force myself out of those. I do the same thing you are doing–smaller, quicker reads so they are over before I get to the point where I want to put it down. Then I randomly pick up one of the Midnight Breed series for a reread and it works every time. I wish I could start with just the reread but I have to build up to reading longer books when in a reading funk.