Saturday, November 17, 2018

Book Blogger Hop November 16th - November 22nd: 281 Is the Smallest Prime (p) for Which the Decimal Period Length of the Reciprocal Is (p -1)/10

Jen at Crazy for Books restarted her weekly Book Blogger Hop to help book bloggers connect with one another, but then couldn't continue, so she handed the hosting responsibilities off to Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The only requirements to participate in the Hop are to write and link a post answering the weekly question and then visit other blogs that are also participating to see if you like their blog and would like to follow them.

This week Billy asks: Do you take notes about the book you are reading as you read?

The answer is usually yes, but it really depends on the kind of book I am reading. For novels or novellas, I will make some notes as I go, often to keep track of characters and places, especially ones that have names that look similar to other characters and places. Sometimes I will make notes on themes or recurring motifs in a story, but I only do this rarely, as my experience has been that you usually can't really begin to break down a novel until you've finished it.

On the other hand, I take extensive notes when I am reading collections and anthologies. Actually, that's not quite accurate. Really, what I do is write the review of the book as I read it. As I finish each work of short fiction in a compilation like that, I write a review of the story before moving on to the next one. When I finish the entire book, I have an assortment of reviews that I can stitch together into a cohesive whole.

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  1. Wow, I honestly assumed that everyone would say that they did not take notes as they read. I will say that it must make book reviews a lot easier if you take enough notes that your review basically writes itself when you're done. I might have to give it a try. Great post.

  2. For me, taking notes is way too distracting.