*I’m not even sure that I am using the word woe right…
Okay, before I even begin talking about the woes of writing reviews, I need to say that I sadly don’t own that typewriter. Although I would kill to be able to write on that thing!
I have a massive love for reviewing books. Sharing my opinions, thoughts, rants, fangirling. It’s one of my favorite hobbies. But there are those moments when I start noticing the troubles that I got through as a person who owns a blog dedicated to books and shares her thoughts on them. There are three woes to be exact:
1. Writer’s block.
2. Comparing my reviews to other people’s.
3. Knowing that I am not going to be able to read and review every book that I am interested in.
Number one is pretty self explanatory. I finish a book, filled with thoughts and feelings, sit myself down at my computer, and… can’t think of anything. I will admit that awhile this happens often, it doesn’t last that long. But there are those moments when I just can’t think of any words to describe my feelings about a book. One of my most recent cases of this was with How to Lead a Life of Crime. I was practically bursting with love for that book, but, woe as me, I couldn’t get my fingers to type words out on the keyboard!
Of course, I do have ways to remedy writer’s block. I listen to music– some songs, like just inspire me– and, um, watch AMVs. (Don’t look at me weird! There are some very good ones that are totally in english!) Plus, I always look for quotes if I am in an especially severe case of writer’s block.
Number two is a bit tricky… I’m all about embracing one’s own good qualities and leaving the bad ones in the dust. Though, there are those times when I get really, really envious. And being envious of the way someone writes their reviews is one of the things that happen to me. I wonder why I can’t write gorgeously written reviews. I wonder why my reviews are all rambly when other people’s are quick and to the point.
And again, I remedy this jealousy by turning my brain off and listening to music or reading another book. Then I write up my review with no bad feelings or any darkness in my heart (yeah, totally not exaggerating here 😛 ) But seriously, it’s really hard to get rid of the jealousy. Jealousy is just an emotion that all us humans get.
Number three is one of those problems that I think every book reviewer has. There are tons of books out there and I am just one person. There is no way I am going to be able to read all the books I want to read. My TBR list grows larger everyday and is probably never going to grow smaller. So yeah, there is no way to remedy this problem. WHICH IS SO SAAAAD!
But really, even though there are some troubles that come with being a book reviewer, there aren’t many, and the good things that come with being a book reviewer are so much more in quantity than the bad. I have made so many new friends, found out about so many new books, found an outlet for my thoughts, and really feel like I am contributing a little bit in the book blogging community. I have absolutely no regrets!
Be sure to tell me your thoughts in the comments section 😀