Here we are on a Thursday, and our thoughts are caught up between the upcoming holidays and what’s going on for the rest of this week. So today’s provocative prompt from Booking Through Thursday is…well, contemplative:
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?
That’s an easy one. While I have been sifting through my thoughts as I read and right afterwards, I also am eager to get those thoughts down…for my review.
Because the days of just reading and moving on are long over. And because it’s not always easy to remember all the fine points afterwards if I don’t push ahead to the review, it’s also important to turn those thoughts into the most detailed (without spoilers) review that I can produce.
That does not mean I don’t often muse about the book for the sake of musing….but those thoughts have another purpose. And even as I am reading, and especially if the book is one I’m going to want to reflect about, I am also jotting down notes. For the review, but also to trigger the memories later.
Then, after writing and posting my review, and only then, do I move on to the next book. This also helps prevent a backlog of reviews to write, which would make the whole process too much like work.
What about the rest of you? What reflections/thoughts/musings do you have afterwards, and what do you do about them?