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Kaffeinated Conversations

Hey BookLovers!

This is a weekly feature I have decided to start this year. It will include the books I read in the past week and my thoughts on current book trends and topics (including movies/series based on books) and the books I want to read. I also want to talk about what other book bloggers are sharing or their opinion on anything bookish. I just felt like as a book community it will be nice for everyone to gather around once in a while and share what they love so much โ€“ books!

 


OMG. I know its been a month since I posted a KC on my blog and that’s cause either I was sick or my son was or we both were and am sure I forgot once or twice too! Anyhoo, after racking my brain for what to post this Sunday, I realised I have been thinking of something that’s been ‘plaguing’ me since I started blogging. Who better to ask than you?

So, in the beginning I used to post quiet “long” reviews, then I decided who has the time to read such long reviews? is it even necessary? I myself somehow make the time to post these reviews and believe me when I say I make time cause otherwise there would be no blog. At first I thought its fine, shorter reviews are better. I checked the review templates and pretty much they are all the same and I post in a similar manner. Am sure this is a much talked about topic in the blogging sphere too.ย 

What makes me question this now, after keeping it at a back burner for so long, is that I do read other peoples reviews when I get the time and some of them really have a go at it. They write so beautifully and like they are magazine editors or something and am thinking… wait, what? Mine looks like Childs play. Should I maybe rethink my style of writing or make it longer. It really confuses me.

I mean I know each blogger to his own. Everyone has their own way of writing but I just feel like maybe I am missing out on something… But seriously what do you think? What do you prefer? Perhaps am overthinking it but that’s what Kaffeinated Conversations are for!

Cheers. XO.

 

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14 thoughts on “Kaffeinated Conversations

  1. I am still trying to find my way in this whole blogosphere I have found myself in. My thoughts about this are:

    I love to write long reviews. For me they are fun. However, I kept reading other blogs that had much shorter reviews, yet were still great blogs and reviews. So, I second guessed myself and started writing shorter reviews. I am not as happy with them and now I am kind of stuck.

    So, while on one of my favorite blogs, I decided to look up some of the blogs that she follows. This was eye-opening for me. I found other blogs with long reviews and articles! I have found my place in life. I can write what I want and be happy with it. If people like it, they will come, but if not, that’s okay too. I hope they find what they are looking for.

    PS: Sorry you have been sick. Sickness sucks!!

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    1. Thank you Kimberly! The cold is just the worst. Also thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! I do think itโ€™s best to do what one can and it will fit the right person searching for it. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  2. I usually write long reviews ๐Ÿ˜€ When I am super excited about a book that I just read, my reviews tend to be more like essays ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am not new to blogging but I am new to writing reviews. One thing I have learned so far is that be comfortable with your writing style. If you aren’t comfortable and think you need to change it, experiment and see which works out the best for you. ๐Ÿ™‚
    When I first started blogging, many bloggers found my writing to be quirky (not talking about book blogging here). When I started book blogging, I made my reviews sound so formal and I was not okay with what I was writing. So, I went back to being a bit quirky and now I am comfy with my review style – although I got a comment once in GR saying I write stories and should tag my reviews as spoilers!
    Okay… I am not going to write an essay here. ๐Ÿ˜›

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    1. Hahaha the poor GR user ๐Ÿ˜‚ you do write long ones but I never found it formal which I like.. but there are others that do which made me wonder what am I doing wrong? Ha. But you are right. I should be just comfortable with what I do. Thank you for the reply *cough essay cough*๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ’•

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      1. You should do something about that cough of yours. *cough cough* It’s contagious *cough* ๐Ÿ˜›
        There’s nothing lacking in your reviews, at least I didn’t feel so. ๐Ÿ™‚ *Trying hard not to write another essay so ending this comment right here*

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  3. Mine too ! I see absolute perfect reviews and mine are like ยซย …merp.ย ยป ; though to be fair some have more practice than others and such.. or if they work as a librarian or something (ex: iโ€™m a ยซย foreignerย ยป, main language is french. So dont ask me what is well written or not ๐Ÿ˜‚)

    Personally iโ€™m still working my way to find my way of doing them.. trying some things out and see what works and what doesnโ€™t for me ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ ithink we all have our way of reviewing. Some do bullet points best, while some bloggers are captivating enough to ace a longer review.

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    1. So true. My first language isn’t English either ๐Ÿ˜€ I guess only practice makes you close to perfect and to figure out what works for you best. Thank you for sharing your thoughts kristina! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  4. Great post! I have this nagging feeling inside me whenever I sit down to write a review, you know the one where I feel like I should somehow touch each and every aspect of the book in my review and as a result, my reviews generally, end up being a tad bit longer than I usually anticipate. However, sometimes I don’t really have much to say about a book and I wrap up the review in a few paragraphs. I guess it narrows down to how strongly I feel about a book either its positive or negative but I always keep in mind that even if I am writing a long review I try to make it as informative as I can. And the same goes for writing short reviews as well! I suppose it should be informative and coherent either way so that the review can help other people decide whether they should pick the particular book or not. There aren’t any rules I suppose, it just what and how you feel about a book.

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  5. I donโ€™t write long reviews as I work really hard not to summarize the book. I wonโ€™t read them either because Iโ€™d prefer to read the book. I attempt to limit reviews to three paragraphs: a set up of the story (I donโ€™t include book blurbs), the main things I liked about the book (characters, story, pacing, plot and narration if applicable) and the bottom line. I work really hard to not reveal anything I believe the reader should be allowed to discover and Iโ€™m not limiting that to just spoilers. All my info can be found in chapter one.

    Bottom line…write what YOU want to write, the way you want to write. What works for me may not work for you or the audience you want to attract.

    Good topic!

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    1. That’s so true. It’s what I like doing too! Just give a glimpse into how the experience was. I do think the same ๐Ÿ˜ƒ thanks for stopping by Jonetta! ๐Ÿ’œ

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  6. Hope you are feeling better now!

    I think it all the depends on the book to be honest and how much you loved/hated it. I loved The Corset by Laura Purcell so I wrote a really long review about that. And if I am debating on reading a certain book, then I’ll read longer reviews to see what others think of it. But I prefer to read shorter reviews if I haven’t heard of the book before and it becomes something I want to add to my TBR ๐Ÿ™‚

    I find it super difficult to write reviews without revealing spoilers, so I think they are naturally smaller when you are holding back ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hope that helps, but just go with the flow to be honest! If you want to write a long review, go for it!

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