Kernels of Nonsense: My Month of Mini-Reviews

Kernels of Nonsense is a discussion feature here on my blog where I like to discuss both book and blogging related topics. I wanted to take a moment this month and write about my experience with review writing in July.

If you’re been around my blog for the past month, you may have noticed that I’ve been posting mini-reviews instead of full ones. In July, wanting to get to as many books as possible, I decided that I’d write mini-reviews for all my reads. If you’re like me, you sometimes struggle to get through full reviews. Mini-reviews have been a saving grace for me. There’s always a book or two a month that I struggle with finding all the right words for and settling on a mini-review for them has taken loads of stress off my shoulders.

I ended up surpassing my usual number of reads in July and I credit the mini-review with this. I have a very strict routine when it comes to my reads and reviews. I know a lot of bloggers can wait some time after finishing a book to write the review and can even read more books in between finishing one and reviewing it. I can’t do this. I have to write a review for my last read before moving on. This isn’t always ideal when the words just don’t seem to come and I’m eager to move on.

In July, I felt like an incredibly efficient reader and blogger. After I finished one book, I was writing a mini-review almost right afterward and picking up my next novel a lot quicker. Not all of my reviews came out super easy, but because they were condensed versions of my full ones, I was able to get through them a lot easier.

If you were to ask me what’s the hardest post to write as a book blogger, I’d probably say the review. We all approach the review differently and I don’t have a set formula for how I write out my thoughts on a book. I take notes while I read and while this does help me when I’m looking for direction, sometimes all those thoughts and feelings aren’t easily expressed. I even struggle with taking notes when I’m just not feeling much of anything for a novel and knowing I have a full review ahead of me does not keep the pressure off. I’m always in the mind set that I need to come up with a good three or four paragraphs discussing the book in front of me. This isn’t always easy and sometimes I just don’t have the time or the motivation to do so.

Writing only mini-reviews in July felt like a kind of vacation. While reading, I wasn’t thinking about the fact that I may not have enough thoughts to write a full review, I didn’t get antsy in between reads, and I ended up picking up more books than usual. I had a couple of personal things come up during July, so in retrospect, I probably could have read a couple of more books that month.

Will this change the way I approach review writing? Will you be seeing more mini-reviews from me? Not likely. I like the balance I’ve achieved, writing only one pair of mini-reviews a month. While I’ve said writing full reviews can be a struggle, it can also push me as a reader to dig deeper into the book I’m reading. I read for pleasure, yes, but I also want to get something from the experience and writing full reviews helps me to do so.

Do you write mini-review on your blog? Do you struggle with full reviews? How to you handle writer’s block when it comes time to write a review? Let’s discuss in the comments!

22 thoughts on “Kernels of Nonsense: My Month of Mini-Reviews

  1. I have to review my books right away. Every time I wait, I fall behind. I don’t have a set format for my reviews, but I guess the ones I post on the blog are longer than the ones I do for non-review books on GoodReads. When you read a lot, writing long reviews for all of them is exhausting, so mini-reviews are great. I think there are people who just want a short, to the point review as well.

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  2. I love the idea of mini reviews, but I always feel somewhat guilty writing them! I tend to write REALLY lengthy reviews but if I write a mini review I somehow feel like I’m cheating? I’ve currently been rereading an old favorite series and am not doing full reviews for them (just going to do an overall round up of them when I finish) and it’s been SUCH a breath of fresh air to be able to read books without worrying about reviewing them!

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    1. I love the mini-review, but a lot of that has to do with hitting that brick wall sometimes when it comes to writing reviews. If the lengthy reviews work for you, I say stick to them. I also find mini-reviews helpful when I don’t have a lot of time on my hands. Yes, so much this! I never realized that writing reviews would come with that added pressure while reading, but it is there.


  3. Mini reviews are definitely a save ! You can’t always have the time or thoughts or readiness to give a full analysis of books. Also, personally, if I don’t review books on the same day or a little while after I finish them, reviewing to me will be a lot harder !

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      1. They do that ? Weeks ? I can’t imagine how ! After a week all would be wiped from my memory besides feels and what I wrote down ! You’d also need a spell to preserve memories like in Harry Potter xD

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  4. I basically use my Goodreads review as a proto-review/note taking so that when I’m reading to tackle a review for the blog, I have something to work with. It’s so helpful and I curse Past Morgan whenever I come across a read book with “Review to come!” Haha. I do like mini reviews for variety and tend to post them a few times a month. Like you said, sometimes the words don’t flow or for me, sometimes the review is starting to sound to similar to other books I’ve enjoyed as far as how I actually write them. That’s so awesome your July was so efficient! My summer was basically the opposite haha.

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    1. I know that feeling. Sometimes when the words don’t come, I feel like I’m sounding incredibly bland and just repeating stuff I’ve written in other reviews. It’s been so long since I had a productive month, it was nice to get things done in July.


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