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How Do You Knock One Out?!?

How DoYou KnockOne Out-!-!

Happy Sunday my fellow bookish people I hope that you are all well and enjoying some most excellent books and reading?!? πŸ™‚

Today I wanted to write about how you knock one out! Do you go up into your bedroom, lock the door, put on some mood music, light some candles and pretend like you’re actually getting some? Do you use an apple pie? C’mon, I’m sure most of you have seen American Pie!


Do you sit on your hand until you get pins and needles so it feels like someone else is doing the ‘knocking‘ for you? Or maybe, you just quietly knock one out whilst you are taking a long shower and let the water wash the evidence away?

Oh my! Aren’t I stupid! By using a fun title for the post I completely forgot what I was actually going to write about, silly me! I didn’t really mean knocking one out as in ‘hello Mr/Miss hand‘ this isn’t that type of blog! No, what I meant was knocking one out in reference to writing a review and how you go about the process of writing one.

Before we start, let’s have a dirty nursery rhyme!

Little Miss Strumpet sat on a tuffet,
Watching some explicit porn,
It wasn’t the spider,
That fingered inside her,
But Little Boy Blue and his cream horn!

This isn’t a post about what we include in the reviews we write as well, we all review differently. Some use gifs, some are shorter, some longer, some use bullet points, some are split into subcategories, some are elaborate and detailed, some contain spoilers, some don’t contain spoilers, some focus on the book, some moreΒ on the reviewer’s thoughts and feelings and some are foul mouthed and sarcastic.

Apart from reviews that consist solely of ‘dis book waz da bomb, loved it, innit‘ or ‘I disliked this book immensely, it is an abject travesty to literature‘. Everyone has their own way of reviewing, after all, it’s your blog, your rules and that is completely fine. Whichever style and way you choose is entirely up to you!

Remember, there is no right or wrong way to review, only the right way for you!

But, I was wondering, when you have finished reading a book how do you actually write your review?!

Before anyone tries to be funny! Remember, I’m the sarcastic one here thank you! Obviously, you sit in front of your tablet/laptop or computer and type up the review!


Do you take notes as you go along reading be they in a notepad or on your phone? Do you mark/tab the pages/type the page numbers down when something important/funny/sad happens that you want to remember for reference when writing the review? Do you use quotes? Do you jot down the page number for quotes or write out the complete quote? Do you write the complete review as you read the book? Do you post your written reviews straight away? Do you leave your written reviews in your draft folder for a while and keep editing them? Do you write the review straight away? Do you let the book settle and think on your thoughts and feelings before writing the review? Do you write your review in one go? Do you write bits and pieces here and there as you think of them? Or, do you just wing it and try to remember things you liked about the book after you’ve finished and write the review from memory?!?Β 

Remember, there’s no right or wrong way, I’m just curious and thought it might be a cool discussion! πŸ™‚

For me, I often (not always) or perhaps ‘occasionally‘ is aΒ more apt word write some notes whilst reading for my review. A lot of the time they may well be nonsensical babble and I need to rewrite them when I come to writing the actual review out. But the sentiments and meanings of the notes will stay the same, just hopefully more eloquent and coherent than the nonsense notes were! If using quotes I jot down the page number perhaps with a snippet of the quote so that I remember what I wanted to use!

I generally leave my reviews after I’ve written them and whilst I may not edit them, I make sure that I reread and check one final time (and yes, even with checking I still make spelling and grammatical errors, suck it) before scheduling and posting.Β 

At times, I have to be in the right mood to write a review otherwise I look at the screen blankly staring with vacant eyes and drool coming out my mouth – slight exaggeration but you get the point! If I’m not in the mood for reviewing then I can’t force the words.Β 

I have been known to write reviews straight after finishing the book but normally I like to think on my thoughts before writing them down. And, being honest after I’ve finished reading a book I think either ‘write the review‘ or ‘start a new book‘ and most of the time the review writing gets a β€˜eurgh’ and the starting a new book gets a hell yeah!


Whispers quietly.…….I have also been known to leave my reviews and write them a while after finishing the book and to live dangerously and wing it! Trying to write the review from memory with no notes!

What about you all?!? How do you knock one out and write your reviews?!?

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54 thoughts on “How Do You Knock One Out?!?

  1. Thank you for making me laugh so much I spat my tea out when I started reading this!!! As for me, I prefer to ‘knock one out’ using notes I’ve made and as near to finishing the book as I can – otherwise I forget everything!! ;p

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    1. Laugh?! But it’s a serious post!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      That’s probably the best way especially as near to finishing the book, that’s what I try to do but I suffer with what is known as “can’tbearseditus” and prefer to start a new book.πŸ˜‚


  2. I resent you for making me spit my perfectly good tea. I usually take notes for physical and digital books but audiobooks I tend to just write from memory. I do write down full quotes along with their page or percent number so I can enjoy them alone or go back and reread the entire section if I want. The rest depends on the book and what I think or feel about it.

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  3. πŸ˜‚! That first part had me thinking I clicked a wrong link somewhere!

    Anyway, reviews. I normally write a review straight after finishing a book and before I start reading a new one. I’m old and get confused quickly. Sometimes I take notes while reading, most of the time I forget. I suppose that means I wing it, which got me in trouble today as I fell behind on reviews and had five to write with no idea where to start.

    I love using quotes but again, forgetful. Somehow I find it easier to do on my tablet where I just click a sentence and it’s highlighted. With a paperback, I’m lazy and just honestly can’t be bothered to stick a note in there somewhere. 😳

    I keep my reviews as drafts and usually even still tinker with them on the mornings that I post them. Take out typos I missed but also sometimes remove or add entire paragraphs. Then a shaky finger will hit publish and half a minute later I’ll think of something I should have said or written differently/better.

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    1. Ha! You thought it was one of those spam links for posts!πŸ˜‚ it was quite tame compared to the original beginning, it got toned down!

      I often get so engrossed in a book that my note taking is nonexistent!πŸ˜‚

      5 reviews! Damn, did you write them all?! I’d be crying if I had 5 of the damn things, it’s bad enough when I have one!πŸ˜‚

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  4. This post is gonna make me feel like a bad reviewer isn’t it. I suspect everyone else is way more organised.

    I don’t take notes and tend to ‘knock one out’ as and when the mood takes me. Sometimes that’s straight after (if the juices are flowing and I need a release) and sometimes it takes a bit (or a lot) longer to get me to the right place πŸ˜‚

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  5. I also suffer from that ‘write a review’ or ‘start a new book’ problem. I always end up starting a new book. I am awful at reviewing as soon as I finish… I’ve usually read another 2 or 3 books before I think ‘come on… you REALLY need to do that review!’ I sometimes make notes, mark (with post-is, so I don’t harm the precious) quotes I like and maybe just take a picture of a page if I feel really lazy. I would love to be a super organised, super efficient reviewer but I have accepted the fact it’s just not going to happen. The same way I’ve had to accept that Pierce Brown is not going to marry me. Sigh. πŸ˜‚
    Another great post Drew 🀘

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    1. Ha, I’m a slow reader if I read another 2 or 3 books before I wrote a review it’d be weeks! Though, I do currently have part of a review that has been languishing for a few weeks still unfinished!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      Being efficient and organised is overrated!

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  6. I usually take notes while reading, unless it’s one of those books where it’s too good to put down for even a second to make a note. Then I usually write reviews while having my morning coffee, helps wake me up for the day.

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  7. It varies from book to book. Of late, I’ll make the odd ntoe here and here if there’s something specific that I want to broach, but mostly I just wing it within a week of finishing. From there, it’s jsut a case of following my normal formula: background (author details and short blurb), what I enjoyed, what Ididn’t (or in most cases what I feel otehrs may want to take note of), a summary, and a score. Simple run through, but it serves its purpose. I try to put the majority of the focus on the positives too, as I see no need to tear things down without much reason.

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    1. Totally agree! You have to focus on the positives. We can’t like every book but there’s no need to rip the book apart. You need to offer the positives to go with the negatives but sadly there seems to be more people just hating on books and ripping them to pieces.

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      1. It really is a shame. Whenever I get a book for review – or when I review anything for that matter, be it anime, video game, comic etc – I intentionally avoid ripping it to pieces, even if there are points that I disliked. At the end of the day, everyone likes different things, and that’s fine. It’s why I often end up writing comments like ‘There is a lot of x in this book. It’s not an issue for me, but I know that it will be for some, so take it as a content warning rather than a crtiticism.’
        There’s too much negativity out there at times. Putting the focus on the postives is just a little way to try to rebalance that.

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  8. Its only up untill I started my own blog a few months ago that I started scribbling notes in a little black book. I tend to knock one out a day or two after I finished the book, with my right hand… ( I post my blogs from an iphone you dirty bastard🀣). Anyhow After Ive thought about what I was going to write I start a post from memory and use my scribbles afterwards to add a few extra insights. What you get is normaly exactly as I thought about it at that specific time. My fianceΓ© will then later notify me that i made some bad grammar mistakes and help me polish it of a bit better (always better with some extra hands…). Great post as always Drew.

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    1. Ha, I’m left handed!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      Definitely agree about better with some extra hands, my grammar sucks but on the laptop grammerly improves it. On the phone, no such look, getting a fiancΓ©e to check it for me sounds like a plan!πŸ˜€

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  9. hehehehhehe omg that opening made me laugh out loud- sometimes I “knock one” out in the privacy of my room… other times I do it in public πŸ˜‰ And generally speaking if I plan to review it, I take notes as I go along (if I get to the end and there’s no notes, no review πŸ˜‰ ) It helps that I read enough that I don’t have to review every book I read. And as for how long it takes me to post or edit them, it really depends- I don’t have any rules- sometimes I can just have notes sitting on my computer for a month, sometimes I turn it into a review straight away (sometimes I even publish that straight away lol!) I do think it’s good to let them sit though- once or twice I’ve rushed to publish and *shock horror* forgotten to proofread- and then I’m sitting there clicking “edit” every two seconds as I reread it- not good! So I make sure I’ve just gotta make sure I give it the once over, even if I don’t let it sit in its juices a while.

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    1. “It helps that I read enough that I don’t have to review every book I read” – sigh! As a slow reader I do not have that luxury!πŸ˜‚

      And if I got to the end of the book with no notes and no notes = no review then that’d be well over half the books I read with no review. Good intentions to take notes and all that that quickly fall by the wayside!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      Ha, I like funny opening, covers up the rest of the post!

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      1. hehehe well that’s the upside- the downside is I’m lazy and don’t do enough reviews for the books I read πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

        hahahaha yes- it’s a good excuse for my laziness again πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I think the only time I’ve gone ahead and written the review (well say written it’s in my drafts) was when I wrote notes and lost them- so out of sheer frustration I wrote as much as I could remember down (who knows how that’ll turn out lol πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚)

        hehehe no it was all good- just couldn’t stop laughing from that opening though πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  10. Man, you make me laugh! I find my reviews tend to write themselves, like with my poetry. With some longer books, fiction or with complicated plots, I make notes, but as I’m writer myself I have a paper trail that seems to never end.

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  11. I write reviews as soon as I finish books. I don’t wait long to post it. I take notes while I read. Though I change a lot in final review than written in notes but I like it that way. I bookmark page and quotes in kindle as well. Nice post! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks.

      That’s a very thorough way but whatever works for you. I manage on occasion to do all that but usually it varies and my good intentions of note taking and quote noting soon end up a forgotten memory until late in the book when I have an “oh sh#t” moment realising I’ve forgotten them again.πŸ˜‚

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  12. I like a spot of Barry White, a cup of tea…maybe some Jeremy Kyle πŸ˜‰ Ohhhh yeaaaaah.

    When I write reviews, I am conscious that I don’t want to rehash the blurb and talk about the plot in too much detail. Instead, I try to write about how the book made me feel when reading it.

    I do wonder whether I should take notes sometimes – but electronic waffle seems to be getting me through so far! πŸ˜€

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  13. Great post! I have to write a review before I start another book otherwise I’ll lose the feelings I had about the it, good or bad. Sometimes that means that I won’t pick up another book for days if I haven’t managed to write the review. It can be really frustrating if it’s a book I loved and can’t quite find the right words to give it justice and put those feelings across.

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  14. Haha, I enjoyed reading this. I usually finish a book at night since that’s when I have the most time for reading. From there I will take a sticky note (which I have to admit doesn’t leave me a lot of room to write, but it works nonetheless) and write down my initial thoughts of the book. That gives me time to sit on the book and think of anything else I really thought about it. I usually write the review the next day, but sometimes I get lazy. I usually then post it to the blog, but these days I guess I’ve been reading more and so I have a comfy cushion of backlogged reviews, in case I stumble upon those dreadful reading slumps, at least I still have some content. VoilΓ !

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    1. A comfy cushion of back logged reviews! I like it, I guess the UK equivalent would be rainy day reviews as it’s always raining here!πŸ˜‚ I have to admit I have a couple of finished reviews in the drafts in case I run out or need something to post as I can’t be arsed to write a new post.πŸ˜‚

      Ha! My posts are meant to be enjoyed!πŸ˜€

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      1. Ha! I do have to say though when I visited a few years ago, I had no rain so it doesn’t allllllways rain! 😜
        It’s always good to have some backup just in case, because you never know when you’ll need it!

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  15. Your poems are gold. 😁
    I’m only just starting to actually leave detailed reviews and I personally think they suck cause whatever. Lol. I used to just rate a book and keep it moving but I’m trying to be more involved. I try to write the review as soon as I finish a book while the thoughts are still fresh in my mind but if I read like a 500 page book (looking at you court of wings and ruin), I have to absorb wtf I actually just read and if I actually liked it or not before I leave a review.

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    1. Well, I do try! Not sure it’s a good thing though that I can write dirty nursery rhymes!πŸ˜‚

      Oh no, not a 500 page book!πŸ˜‚ Ha, as a fantasy fan for me 500 pages is a short book!πŸ˜‚ Though I definitely get your point about absorbing what you’ve just read.

      Detailed reviews are definitely a pain! Hence why mine aren’t very detailed!

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  16. During reading, I will sometimes dog-ear, underline, or put sticky-notes in my books (depending on if I own it or not). I’ve tried taking notes before, but sometimes it just turns into a weird reading journal so long that I feel like I’m reading a whole book when I review it! More often than not, I mull over a book without notes or review for a few hours-days before picking up a new one. About halfway through a new book, I will get the courage to write a review for the previous one. Sometimes I skip along so quickly I go back to the book cover or Goodreads summary to remember basic facts like huge plot points or character names.. then I sit down and write the review! It’s a messy, disorganized process for me without schedule or consistency haha


  17. When I read a book, usually non fiction, I have to take notes. Since I just read for my own enjoyment, I don’t really need to remember page numbers and such (except when I am taking notes. ALWAYS note resources!!!!). Most fiction, I can recall years later.
    Fun post you wrote, Drew!

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  18. I’m thinking, with those more often appearing saucy introductions you can soon change your blog name? πŸ˜€

    I usually write my reviews right after I finish the book, based on kindle highlights and notes I’ve jotted down in my little notebook… and I can’t start a new book until I’ve closed thecase on the one I’ve just finished… it’s very annoying sometimes.. especially when the review doesn’t want to really work out.. then it’s like- well, ffs, let’s get it on so I can move to the next book!’ πŸ™‚

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    1. Hhhmm……change my blog name to what???πŸ€”

      I’d hate to not be able to start a new book until I’d finished the review for the previous one! I’m a major procrastinator and sigh at reviews!πŸ˜‚ I can on occasion write one straight away and the words flow but if those words aren’t flowing I have a temper tantrum like a little child, tell the review to f#ck off and start another book. πŸ˜‚


  19. Interesting discussion! It’s always intriguing to see other people’s methods πŸ˜€ For me, it really depends what I’m reading. If it’s a novel, I tend to just jot occasional notes as I go, but if it’s something like poetry or something like ‘The Art of Asking’, which I reviewed the other day, the ol’ sticky notes come out. With poetry, I like to be able to easily refer back to the poems I enjoyed the most and with non-fiction, I find the subject matter can be a lot denser so I find the sticky notes help me to order my thoughts. When I was on holiday back in June, I knew I wouldn’t be able to write up my reviews for a week or more so I bought super big sticky notes and wrote brief summaries about each book and stuck them to the front covers.
    Like you, I have to be in the mood for knocking one out. If my brain isn’t in gear, I kinda just stare at an empty text box for an hour before heading on over to YouTube to watch funny videos instead. I find reviews for books I enjoyed particularly difficult too…I always worry I won’t be able to do them justice!

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    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one who has to be in the mood to knock one out!πŸ˜‚ I don’t get how people can finish a book and then review it straight away all the time. Occasionally, even often but all the time, it’s like don’t you have to be in the mood? Don’t you have reviewers block? I often wish I could do it but alas, my reviewing is rather oh yay, need to write a review.😒

      Yeah, totally agree about reviews for books you really enjoyed as you want to do your best to praise and sell the book.

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      1. Not only that, though. but sometimes I just don’t have the time to knock one out 😦 I don’t want it to be a half assed job! Need to give it the time it deserves!
        I can sometimes read a book and it takes me a good day or two (or three) to get round to doing its review, simply because life! (well, maybe not at the mo being jobless like I am…)

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  20. Lmao!! Haha!!
    Love the title of this post and the dirty nursery rhyme (who doesn’t love those?!).
    Well, I take my time. Slow and steady does it.
    Meaning that I highlight a bunch of stuff while reading and read them over when I sit down to do the review, which no matter how delayed the review is, usually refreshes my memory so I remember what I thought when I highlighted the passage.
    Then I write in a frenzy to keep up with the rush of thoughts gushing through me onto the screen.
    It gets messy sometimes.
    So I reread a couple times to edit it all. I always feel great afterwards.

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    1. Ha, thanks, I thought the title was pretty fun!

      i’m fairly sure that I could find some people who don’t like dirty nursery rhymes though, cos, some people just lack a sense of humour! 😦

      LMAO, slow and steady and then it gets messy! Oh my, that made me snigger! πŸ˜‰

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  21. Even though I’m not officially a book blogger, here’s how I do my reviews. I am guilty of doing spoilers most of the time. But I do remember what happens in the book and then do the review when I blog. But recently I have been using OneNote to type up the review after I read the book. Then do the blog post on my blog days. I don’t do gifs.

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  22. I’m a relatively fast reader (I think I read more than 140 books last year) so I definitely don’t review all the books I read. Plus I’m a procrastinator, so I often have good intentions of reviewing a book, but then don’t. Ultimately I tend to only end up reviewing the books I have strong feelings (good or bad) about.
    Because I read ebooks almost exclusively these days (so my husband doesn’t bitch at me about my books taking up the entire house or costing an arm and a leg), I tend to highlight or copy and paste a quote that stands out. It has to be immediately obvious that it’s worth sharing though, because I’m unlikely to go back afterwards to find something to quote.
    Then I guess I just babble my thoughts about the book. I usually try and let the reader know the general gist of the plot, but mostly I just say what did or didn’t work for me.
    I’m not new to blogging, but I’m new to WordPress (relatively so) and still getting the hang of using media in posts. I’ve discovered it’s pretty easy to include a book cover image, but haven’t yet used gifs, although they amuse me when others use them. Not the spider ones though, they gave me the heeby jeebies.

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    1. Spider gifs are awesome! Probably for the reason that people don’t like spiders and I am evil which is why I use them every chance I get! πŸ™‚

      Just the gist of the plot is definitely the best way to go, in my opinion as I don’t like major spoilers and don’t want to read everything that happens in the book. Just an overview and then onto thoughts and what I liked/didn’t like.

      140 books! Damn, I’m like a book a week!

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