Jennifer at Crazy for Books:
Do you take notes as you read, or write your review immediately after finishing a book? I do take notes as I read, usually on a small spiral reporter-style notebook. I do try to type up my review as soon as possible after finishing a book, otherwise I usually have to go back and reread sections of the book to recapture the feel of the book. I would never begin a review or form an opinion on a book before I finish reading it, because I have found that I really have to read the entire book before I can form an evaluative opinion. Once I have finished the book I often write the beginning of the review in my head, before I begin putting anything on paper. Does anyone else use this method of composition? I prefer to write in my head, regardless of what I am working on (an essay, a letter, a review, a poem). I wonder how many other people compose in their head before beginning to write? I don't have to write the entire composition in my head, but I like to compose the first couple of paragraphs in my head before I write anything down.