Monday Musings

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.

Today I’d like to talk about how we form our opinions about books once we start reading them. This wasn’t something I paid attention to before I started blogging and some of the things I’ve noticed have surprised me…

In particular, I find it nearly impossible to start a book unless I’m sitting at my computer. This does make starting a book slightly inconvenient, but it’s important to me to be able to take note of my first impressions. In fact, I would guess that I take about 10% of my notes in the first 5 pages and 50% of my notes in the first few chapters. In a way, this makes sense. You can get a pretty good feel for an author’s writing style after a few chapters. There may be some great character growth over the novel, but you can frequently get to know the main character in that time as well.

However, I don’t think that my opinion is quite as biased by the beginning of the book as this may make it sound. While I may take fewer notes later, this can sometimes be because I’m deeply engrossed in the story. For my favorite books, I often end up with the fewest notes and took them all very early or at the very end – once I realize that I desperately want to figure out why this book was amazing so I can properly convey that to all of you. Alternately, I may only take a few notes at the end, but they might have a huge impact on my review. The ending of a book can really make it or break it for me. Sad endings or excessively abrupt cliff hangers in particular often drastically reduce my enjoyment of a book.

Do you take notes while you read?  And if so, have you noticed a similar pattern in how many notes you take? If you don’t take notes, how does your opinion of a book develop as you read?



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4 responses to “Monday Musings

  1. Kwizgiver

    I don’t take notes when I read. Unless it’s for school. But pleasure reading relies on my memory.

    • I wouldn’t take notes when reading purely for fun either, but I find I can’t write reviews unless I take notes as I go. Probably because I don’t usually write reviews as soon as I finish a book 🙂

  2. Daystarz Books

    I take notes only on books I am going to review. Same, most of my notes are made in the first 20% of the book usually and if I get engrossed in the book I might forget to continue taking notes. I always use highlight on my e-reader even sometimes if just a pleasure read.
    My MM:

    • I wouldn’t take notes on something I wasn’t planning to review either, but I also don’t usually read things I’m not planning to review. Usually if I read something but don’t review it, it’s because I read a book and just didn’t have much to say about 🙂

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