Discussion: How long is too long to wait to review?

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Ariel is like, please, stop bugging, poor Kyera. She really doesn’t need to know every time you have a Sailor Moon fangirl freakout moment.

THIS BOOK PRINCESS IS IN A DOWNHILL SPIRAL OF SAILOR MOON MANGA, AND SHE IS NOW IN BOOK HANGOVER MODE. The book struggle is so real right now, and poor Kyera at Kyera’s Library has been so gracious to lending her ear to my crying/fangirling/just being a general mess about this series. If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, please do because she’s clearly epic and has put up with my Sailor Moon meltdown.

Anyway, I stared at this blank screen for about 20 minutes now, knowing I need to write a post, wanting to write a post but all I can do is think: But are Sailor Venus and Sailor Neptune REALLY good? And are Tuxedo Mask and Sailor REALLY okay? And why the heck wasn’t there more episodes of Reign?? Not entirely sure how that last one got in there.

So, I was like, Mandy, maybe it’s time you wrote a review? Yes, yes, that’s a brilliant idea since you have literally only done what, 4, of the books that you read in June? And the fact that you still haven’t wrote a review on a book that you read in…MAY?!??!?!

It got me thinking: how long is too long before you should/shouldn’t write a review? Is there a time period where you should just give up on it? Should you have some sort of preface saying, it’s been a month and half since I read this book?

To tell the truth, I find myself writing most of my reviews a month later. Out of the 15 books I read in June, I’ve written 5 reviews. That means, I still have 10 reviews to write and with me averaging about 3 (if it’s a good week) reviews per week, I won’t have them all done until…3 – 4 weeks later. And then bam! I’m in the same predicament again. Meaning those reviews that are getting written in four weeks…are they the same when they would have been written now? When they are still fresh and clear in my mind? When I’m either fangirling or angsty or freaking out about them?

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Oh, look, they’re in the same picture! Look at that efficiency, me!

Honestly, I’m not sure. Waiting on posting a review has helped me clear my head about certain things – Love and Other Alien Experiences, for example, helped me get out a lot of underlying frustrations that I hadn’t realized I had with it. Not doing a review on Eliza and Her Monsters has also helped me realize just how much I love it and has it joining a coveted spot on the favorites shelf.

But then there’s the downside: after reading super fast through a book and then waiting a month or so on the book, I tend to forget certain things. I will admit that sometimes in the past, I have gone to review a book, and I literally can’t remember a main character’s name – it was that impressionable or it’s just been too long, I can’t tell. But is that the time that you decide to cut your losses and just not post anything – I mean, especially since you literally can’t remember the lead’s NAME? Is it really fair to the book if you can’t quite remember all the details of why you did/didn’t like it but can just remember general feelings?

I’m not really sure what the answer is. Do I just need to put up a bunch of reviews up quick and get them out the way? Do a bunch of mini reviews? Do I keep going the way I’m going now? Do I REALLY need to review every book I read? To tell the truth, I’m not quite sure there is one right answer – and I totally have no clue what I plan on doing (especially about that poor book from May except maybe baking it a cake and asking for its forgiveness?)

So, what do you think? How long is too long to take before reviewing a book? What is your turnaround time? Also, this is Mandy’s first time writing a discussion post, so did I royally screw it up? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

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71 thoughts on “Discussion: How long is too long to wait to review?

  1. Danielle says:

    It’s It’s a hard one. Personally because I’m new at Blogging and reviews and tend to do them as soon as I can spare after I finish so within the same day – week. If I left it much longer I’d forget a load of it and damn that ain’t going to be easy to review anymore. Just my opinion. Of your system works though, carry on going! x

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  2. Nadwa @ painfullyfictional says:

    I had so much fun reading this πŸ˜‚ You did great, Mandy!! This is a perfect discussion post. Now, back to the point. I think the time it takes to review a book depends entirely on the person. I was actually surprised to learn that you are able to review a book a month after reading it; I wouldn’t have only forgotten the LEAD’S name by then, I would’ve forgotten way more significant stuff. And honestly? As embarrassing as that sounds, I would probably have lost interest in the book by then, even if it was a favorite of mine. What I usually do, is finish the book I’m reading, read reviews from other bloggers, watch book talks done by some booktubers, and then spend the rest of the day goofing around or watching a movie or a series but strictly staying away from books. Or at least, staying away from books I need to read. Because I found that if I start reading a book before reviewing the one I’ve already finished, there would be no hope for reviewing that book at all. The characters and the plot of that book would get messed up with the ones in the book I’m currently reading, and that would only result in chaos. So if the goofing around and book hunting and series binge-watching wasn’t enough to get me to write a review of the book, then I decide that that particular review isn’t meant to happen. And I think it’s totally fine to come to terms with this conclusion. If you don’t feel like writing a review, then just don’t. I think a forced review is easily detected, and I’d hate for others to read a half-assed review of mine; I wouldn’t want to read a half-assed review of other bloggers’ either. Ughh great post, Mandy!! 😍 I couldn’t for the life of me write a comment that’s a little more civilized and, -well- shorter πŸ˜‚ sorry for that

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  3. Eva@Brilliantly Bookish says:

    Great post! It’s definitely a topic you can discuss on. Personally I don’t have a specific time when I say I wont review a book anymore. However, I don’t review that many books anyway, so I haven’t really had this problem. When I finish a book I always quickly review a book on Goodreads. (This also makes that I still know what I thought for my post at the end of the month.) Then I let it sit for a few days while I decide if I have enough to say about the book. If I do, I write a review and I do it rather quickly. If I don’t then I just write a mini review in my wrap up and nothing more.

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  4. insidemylibrarymind says:

    I find that you’re totally right about waiting even a little bit. The more I left the books sit, the more I realised how I really felt about. However, I usually find myself writing a review the day after I finish the book. I do this because the more I approach the ending, the more time I spent writing a review in my head. So when I finish I already have a certain frame to write the review. If I waited longer, I would probably never write a single review! πŸ˜‚ This was a great post!

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    • bookprincessreviews says:

      Yes! I find myself realizing perhaps it wasn’t so great or was greater than I first imagined. XD But I can definitely see that as well. If you get to the end, you’re super right about waiting and not even writing. XD Thanks so much the input!! ❀

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  5. TwinBookmarks says:

    Since we came late to the blogging world – BUT had been reading a good amount of books that we absolutely ADORE! We decided to do (reviews for) those books that we adore most (shockingly quite a few) so we can put the FEELS IN WORDS (kinda)! We do this (the reviews) by first refreshing our memory on what we liked most and what we didn’t like so much and then give a rating for the book!

    Of course we can’t put a review for all the books we’ve read – just the ones that sticked with us!πŸ€“ As you can probably tell – we mainly like series (so we have a lot of catching up to doπŸ˜… – but we like to take our time so we continue to love blogging❀! After all we started blogging for us so we can get the FEELS out and so we don’t freak people out in real life too much anymoreπŸ˜…πŸ˜Ž)

    This post is just fabulous – we feel it’s a topic that we too need to go into, as when we post reviews we seem to be getting comments saying enjoy the next book (when we kinda already did LOLπŸ˜‚πŸ€“)!! Anyways great post and first discussion!πŸ˜‰πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

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    • bookprincessreviews says:

      Yes! I had always tried to debate whether or not to do books that I had read in the past, but I like your idea! And ahahaha oh dear about the comments. That’s definitely had to deal with that. But thanks so much, and thanks for the input!! ❀

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      • TwinBookmarks says:

        Hopefully you do what suits you best!!🀞🏻 😊

        The comments are of course expected – but sometimes we feel we shouldn’t do the books we’ve read some time ago, as people seem to say the reviews won’t be as great! BUT we still love these books and considering we read it some time ago – we usually write the main points that we loved/hate so less babbling and cluster!πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ŒπŸ»

        You’re welcome!!😊❀❀

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  6. Holly says:

    I’m so bad at writing reviews in a timely fashion, especially when I didn’t really care for the book in the first place. I’m much more likely to write a review ASAP if I really loved the book.

    Great post! πŸ™‚

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  7. Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads says:

    I tend to review books really soon after I’ve finished them because I honestly have a horrible memory and if I wait more than a few days, I won’t remember enough to write a thoughtful review. Luckily I’ve been pretty good about writing reviews in a reasonable amount of time and I’ve never waited so long that I try to write a review and can’t remember enough about the book to do it, but if that did happen, I would probably either just write a mini-review or only mention it in my monthly wrap-up rather than try to force myself to write a full review.

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  8. kyera says:

    That’s super tough! I try to review them as soon as I can, because I’ve also totally forgotten characters or places and I have to say.. hang on let me look that up. I can’t imagine that would translate into me writing as good a review as the book deserves. That being said, I personally don’t think you need to review every book you read. Sometimes if you’re reading a lot or you’re busy, that’s just not feasible. It’s tough to put the pressure on yourself and feel like you have to review everything.

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  9. Hannah says:

    I procrastinate reviews so much it’s ridiculous, but typically, I also write down quick little bullet points in my notes app on my phone as I go. It helps me to remember not only what happened in the book, but also how it made me feel and stuff. I typically DON’T do a comprehensive review of books I’m looking forward to, though, because I feel like it takes away from my overall reading experience. But hey, thats just me.

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  10. Books Teacup and Reviews says:

    Usually I make a note while reading on how I felt about particular character or situation and it also help in seeing how my thoughts are changing as story progress. So I have a review ready as soon as I finish the book, just need to structure everything properly.

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  11. Never Not Reading says:

    For me it really depends on the book and the experience I had reading it. Some books I need to review IMMEDIATELY or I feel like I will explode keeping all my thoughts and feelings inside. Some books I like to sit on. I think about what I want to say, and a lot of times that gives me more ideas about what I want to say. But I never wait more than a day or two. That’s too much space, and it will probably never get written.

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  12. Moira says:

    I tend to write reviews in my head as I read, which often helps me remember what I thought of the book. I don’t take notes, so I have to review the books as soon as possible after I finish the book, and I often forget things I really wanted to hit on until after the review has been posted. I find reading other people’s reviews on Goodreads (preferably with a completely different rating) helps me remember my thoughts, even if the review doesn’t mention anything I wanted to talk about.

    I think if you reach the point where you can’t remember anything about the book, it’s time to give up on writing the review.

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    • bookprincessreviews says:

      Ooooooh that’s a really good idea, Moira! I like the thought about reading people’s reviews with different ratings because it makes you realize what you actually did agree on liking or not liking. I’m totally going to have to try that.

      And lol, yes, I’m thinking so at this point. XD

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  13. KrystiYAandWine says:

    Great discussion, lady!!! I typically write my reviews within a week of reading a book (or I really try to at least), but when I post them is a whole different story. Sometimes I’ll read and write my review and not post it for up to six months later based on release dates. I don’t think there’s any right way of doing it though honestly.

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  14. Lost Purple Quill says:

    I tend to write my reviews right after I finish the book, usually within a day or two, mainly because once I move on to reading a new book my mind gets taken over by that one and it’ll just take away my motivation to write the other review. BUT you’re so right about how time can effect your thoughts on a book. Sometimes I’ll look back at a review of a book I remember as being just okay, but in my review I’m raving about it and I’m like ??? I don’t remember liking it that much! Or a book I remember loving and then I have all these criticisms in my review that don’t seem important anymore. But then other times I enjoy having preserved my reaction like that, or I may still agree with it. I guess I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer about the amount of time that passes between reading or reviewing! Whatever works for the blogger πŸ™‚

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  15. Birdie says:

    I tend to be that type of person that reviews a book in the week following it’s read. I think it’s because of my schedule. It just makes it easier on me.

    However, I don’t think there’s a set time on when you should review a book. I think if it’s been 2 months, but you still have a lot to say (positive or negative) go for it! If you decide you want to say something about those books that didn’t stand out to you, then you should. In any format you want. I think telling us that you can’t even remember the character’s name gives us a lot of information about the book. I also don’t think you have to review every single book you read. I think that these little online homes of ours should be exactly what makes us comfortable and happy.

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    • bookprincessreviews says:

      Wonderful thoughts, Birdie, and I loved what you said at the very end. It totally just made so much sense – we definitely need to keep blogging happy and not like a chore. Thank you so much for the input, and wonderfully said! ❀

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  16. Reading with Rendz says:

    Hmmmm good question. I just usually try to get them out a few days after having read them. A week tops. I guess it just depends on how fast the reviews need to get out. I know I’m waayyyyy behind on Netgalley reviews…(mostly because I haven’t read the books yet! yikes) But as soon as I finish those books I get to working on a review or at least write down a few thoughts. That would be my best advice I guess. Jot down some ideas and then move on to your next read. That way you have some substance to work with when you write your review four weeks later XD! BTW this was a great discussion post! A royal success!

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    • bookprincessreviews says:

      Oooooh, I like it, Rendz! I think if I jot down a few notes then it would make it so much easier to actually remember it later on. Wise wisdom, Rendz!! And thankies XD (that was a beautiful pun – I’m calling it a pun!!-, A++++)

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  17. Melanie Noell Bernard says:

    If I go more than 2 weeks without writing a review of the book I just finished, something is wrong. I try to write only a couple days after I finish them. I used to write them day of or day after, but life does make it hard to keep up with that kind of schedule. Especially because I just want to get started on another book and don’t want to take the time to de-construct my thoughts.

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    • bookprincessreviews says:

      I definitely second that thought, Melanie!! I always do love jumping to the next book and then I’m so lost in that that I totally forget about the one I just read to write a review. But thanks for the input, Melanie, and I totally think I need to take you what you do. (Also, I totally managed to forget about the fact that this is July and I super missed my Calendar Girls post D: D: D:)

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      • Melanie Noell Bernard says:

        Bahaha! No. Don’t do anything I do. :p I’m such a bad blogger. Hahaha! And I’ve actually been getting really bad at keeping up with writing my reviews lately. Work has that effect on me, but maybe if I stay more conscientious of it, it’ll get better.

        What! No, you didn’t! Just throw up a post in the next few days (or whenever you don’t have a scheduled post for this month.) It’s never too late to post for Calendar Girls! (You know, unless the month is over. :p ) And here I was really looking forward to your post because your blog is literally about princesses! I was sure you’d have a good retelling for us! Hope you find some time still this month. I really want to know what you pick! πŸ˜€

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      • bookprincessreviews says:

        Yes, I totally know what you mean! Work has been crazy and I’m just like, eh, I’ll get to it tomorrow…or the next day…or maybe next week when I’m not so busy. o.o Hopefully, though, Melanie!

        And okay, I’m going for it then! I thought I could do it anytime throughout the month, but I just wanted to make sure. I’m going to try and get to it in the next few days. πŸ˜€ Because I mean, favorite fairytale retelling??

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      • Melanie Noell Bernard says:

        Hahaha! Speaking of writing reviews! I was on the train yesterday (for six hours). So, I was like: STOP PROCRASTINATING! And I got 2 reviews written. Woo! πŸ˜€

        Absolutely! You are welcome to post anytime during the month (preferably before the Twitter chat so we can get your pick into the poll. πŸ™‚ ) Yay! I can’t wait to see your pick and I know, right?! I think this is one of the most popular themes and everyone wants to join. Totally can’t miss out. Hee hee!

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      • bookprincessreviews says:

        Woooooo! Go, Melanie! Being stuck on there really could get you motivated to do it. But I’m super excited for you because it’s a great feeling when you get them done. πŸ˜€

        Okay, perfectly! I have it going up on Sunday. πŸ˜€ But yesssss. It’s such a fun category, but far too many good choices. XD

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      • Melanie Noell Bernard says:

        Yes! And having wifi on the train means I have no excuse to not get those reviews done. :p It is an amazing feeling to have it knocked off the to-do list (which never seems to end regardless. Hahahaha!)

        Woo! I can’t wait to read it! πŸ˜€

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  18. thewhimsicalwordsofanagreeablebookworm says:

    I usually start writing my reviews a few minutes after I finish the book tbh. Its when my ideas are all still there and I have inspiration the write the review. I find if I wait the inspiration slowly dwindles. But I guess if you can remember some of the details weeks later you might as well write the review, because if it’s a good book you can always remember how it made you feel.

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  19. snowlyramble says:

    Oh gosh, I face this dilemma every month! I’m 3 reviews behind from June at the moment, which sucks. And I know that although I found one of these books quite good, as it has been a few weeks my brain just does not care about the book any more! In an ideal world I would love to review a book as soon as I have finished it, as I know my emotions are going to be fresh and (hopefully) still in love with the book. But alas, I procrastinate too much for that to be the case at the moment!
    If you are struggling with the reviews I like the idea of mini-reviews, just so you can get up to speed and start afresh. But to be honest, you are so active on this blog anyway, don’t worry too much about it! If you don’t feel like doing it, there is no need to force a review out for the sake of it.

    This is such a relatable post though- I was worried that it was just me procrastinating and being a bad book-blogger. Thank you!

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    • bookprincessreviews says:

      Oh no!! But I super know what you mean. I had a “favorite” book that I moved up to that shelf but by the month later when I went to write the review, as you said, I couldn’t seem to care about it. XD

      But love this idea, though! I’m definitely going to have to try it out since I’m a bit lost on how to fix those ones that I have no clue what to write about. XD But your advice is brilliant.

      Ahahahahaha I’m glad I’m not the only one either! I kept looking at everyone’s posts and they’re like, oh I read this a few days ago and I never see anyone saying, oh, I read this three weeks ago. XD

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  20. Ashley (The Infinite Library) says:

    I always try my best to at least get a draft done within two days of finishing it but sometimes life gets in the way. It’s so hard because if you wait around your view evolves (for good or bad) and you forget small details. πŸ˜”

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    • bookprincessreviews says:

      Yes! I super agree. I didn’t realize just how much my view changes but I find myself liking books much less after that initial read. But I definitely like that idea of at least getting a draft done up so you have a lot of those thoughts out there.

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  21. Fictionophile says:

    I always write my reviews within a day of finishing the book. I think this gives my review more credence and I like to have the plot fresh in my mind.
    On the other hand, I have had books on my TBR for review for FAR too long. A few of them have been waiting to be read for almost two years!
    When I do get around to reading them, I’ll review them straight away. LOL

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  22. sydneysshelves says:

    I try and wait till two weeks before to review. Unless there is something totally offensive and not okay about the book. But it has to be pretty major. But I also have a book I recieved after its release date from Netgalley and I still haven’t reviewed it. But then again I haven’t read it yet either. .. * covers eyes in shame*

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  23. emilymbird says:

    This is a great discussion topic! It is also something I really struggle with. I take FOREVER to write reviews. And I think you’re right that there is something lost when you wait too long. Since I know I’m slow to write reviews, I always take notes as I’m reading or right when I finish about what I like or don’t like. And then use that to structure my review. But having some time between finishing the book and reviewing the book lets me digest a bit more about how I feel and I think helps me write or more thoughtful review.

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  24. Maygin Reads says:

    Before I started my blog, when I was only on Goodreads, I wrote the reviews immediately after I finished. But then, when I started receiving galleys and setting up the blog, I would hesitate to write the review right away because I wanted it to be good. I felt if I waited and put more time into it, it would be a better review. But then I developed a backlog of books and found it felt like work to catch up. Also, those reviews aren’t as good. So I’m trying to go back to writing the review immediately, or at the very least, writing a few short phrases that will help me write the review within 24 hours. But it can be hard to figure out that balance. And to be fair, sometimes when I wait, I sort out my thoughts on the book and end up changing the rating. So it’s a challenge either way!

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    • bookprincessreviews says:

      Yes! I totally agree. It’s a win-lose situation. I have heard that people find the writing short phrases really do work the best if you can’t write it right away. But then you’re so right about changing the rating and thoughts on it. Sometimes it helps but otherwise it doesn’t. Reviewing is definitely a challenge either way as you said. XD

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