Peer Review #3 Reactions & Trying Something New

My blog was once again reviewed, this time by Alex (Fairything). I am going to be sharing some actions I have taken as well as some thoughts I had after reading this.

I really appreciate that Alex pointed out a lot of the extra widgets I added to my blog, such as the Goodreads one and the subscription button. Alex pointed out that listicles make up quite a bit of my site, which is great, but Alex suggested that I incorporate some more actual book reviews, much like the one I did for Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver. My site does claim to have a focus on book reviews, and yet I only really posted one full review, so I completely agree with Alex.

This week I tried something new, because I was inspired by Alex’s posts which always feature Alex trying something new. I was having trouble coming up with content for the book review portion of my website because I haven’t have a lot of time to read for my own personal enjoyment. While I usually read a crazy amount of books during school breaks, right now most of the books I’m reading are for class, and I don’t get invested in them enough to write book reviews. However, after reading and agreeing with Alex’s suggestion, I decided I would try and write a review on a book I read a few months ago.

Usually when I write a review, I start it immediately after I finish the book so that I can talk about every single little detail I wish to bring up. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to do this if writing a review on a book I didn’t just finish, but I still gave it a try because I do want to add more reviews to my blog. The result? It actually ended up being really enjoyable and not too difficult, since I usually put sticky tabs on all the parts of the book I want to return to. It kind of felt like I was reading the book again, and as I was writing I kept recalling other parts of the book that I loved or thought were worth speaking about. I ended up writing on one of my favourite books, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, and you can read that review here!

I feel like I made a lot of progress this week, because I was really worried about not having enough reviews on my site, and reviews are something I want to feature on here. I’m glad that I’ve found another method for reviewing when I don’t have time to pick up a new book!

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