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Contemplation

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The host of Booking Through Thursday reflects:

So … you’ve just finished reading a book. For the sake of the discussion, we’ll say it was everything a book should be—engaging, entertaining, interesting, thought-provoking. The kind you want to gush over. The question is—do you immediately move on to your next book? Or do you take time to contemplate this writerly masterpiece and all its associated thoughts/emotions/ideas for a while first?

This question is somewhat related to my answer from last week. I always have a few books lined up and I do read back to back. I take notes and write down my thoughts as I read along so by the time I’m through with a book, I have a sheet full of notes with which to write a full review. I don’t immediately move on to another book right after I turn the last page, but I have a contemplating period in which I make my journal entry that is polished to a full book review. This is why I only breakfast at restaurants that would provide me with reasonable privacy. I need my reading and writing space. A book usually takes me 3-4 days to finish, then I have a journal entry day (in the morning), before starting a new book.

8 Responses

  1. That sounds like a lovely way to write reviews!

  2. You definitely are more disciplined that I am. I just go from one to the next, and find that I contemplate it more subliminally. Like the prior book creeps into my mind at odd times. For that reason, I never write my review immediately. It has to work itself out in my head first.

    • It’s more a habit now and I don’t feel like a chore. Back in school a book report was due every two weeks and I felt like a chore. Now I treasure my journal entry time.

  3. This is a disciplined life. I don’t immediately move on to another book. I take a new book the following day, regardless to the time I complete it. I make my notes – sometimes, not always – on stickers and stick them in the books. As to thinking about the book, it goes on even after I’ve reviewed it.

    • I have to have at least some notes down or I will just go blank. I can grab a scrap of paper, a post-it, or anything I can write on. I have to mark down key passages that would be foundation of my reviews. After the review is posted, interaction with you guys often renew my thinking process.

  4. I immediately begin a new book! I might continue to call friends and gush and chat and blog about it, but I start something new right when I finish!

    • You really don’t waste anytime, do you? I do that when I travel, when routine is inevitably thwarted, but I make sure I’ve got my page of notes for later.

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