Well friends, I think I’ve seen it all now. I’ve been through reading slumps, blogging slumps, and now, more specifically, a reviewing slump. It’s not even that I’ve been reading sub-par books; it’s been quite the opposite, in fact. I finished Vanessa and Her Sister, The Gallery of Lost Species, and the touching It Was Me All Along last month and while I enjoyed them all in different ways, I feel like I don’t have the words to review them properly.
Have you ever felt this way? My reviewing process has always been an up and down thing, and I think my biggest weakness when reviewing is that I try to do too many things at once. I simultaneously want to inject my own personal connection to the story while exploring its themes, message, and symbolism. I want to sound like a blogger but also like a “professional reviewer” at the same time. I want to be both personal and formal. These opposing approaches are often what makes me stall the most. So, moving forward, I feel like I need to make up my mind about how I continue to review books. I want my reviews to be engaging, thoughtful, and informative. Once I can figure out a way to accomplish that, I’m sure I’ll be out of my slump in no time.
Have you ever been in a reviewing slump? How did you decide on the format of your reviews? Do you enjoy writing reviews?