How long do you wait after finishing a book before writing a review? Do you need time to gather your thoughts or do you do it right away?
This topic came to mind, because I finished Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins this afternoon. I'd been planning to write a review of it for today. I spent a frenzied twenty minutes sitting in my car in the Target parking lot finishing up the book (partly to get it done, but mostly because I couldn't put it down). Then when I got home, I found that I couldn't write a review. Not because I didn't have anything to say, but because I couldn't decide how I felt.
Usually, there is a long time between when I finish a book and write the review. Typically a few weeks. Sometimes a few months (this often requires partial re-reading). The delay is do to laziness and procrastination. I used to be so good about it. But not anymore...
If I really adore a book, I will often write a review very quickly after finishing it. I can't wait to gush about it. I don't know that that is a good idea. It tends to turn into a mindless love-fest. With a little distance, my reviews are more balanced. That doesn't mean I end up disliking a book I initially loved. Sometimes I love it even more. The Fault In Our Stars was that way. I liked it well enough when I finished it (entirely tear-free). It wasn't until a week or two had passed that I realized what a long-lasting and touching book it was. Other times, a book's fault do appear as the weeks pass.
My preliminary review of Isla is that I really liked it. Part of me is inclined to write an elated review saying how much I loved it. Another part thinks that my "love" is more influenced by my love for Anna and Lola and my wish to love this book as much as the previous two. I really can't decide and hope that a little more time will focus my thoughts.