When I was at the book signing on Monday, Jenny from Wondrous Reads gave me some good advice as I was feeling stressed about the number of review books I received last week. Here is her advice:
- You don't have to review every book sent to you by a publisher
- You don't have to review the book on its release day
- Remember blogging is not a job and it shouldn't feel like one
The other issue we discussed is the fact that if we are all reviewing the same books at the same time then blogging can get really boring. The reason I love following so many blogs (UK or otherwise) is to find out about books that I haven't heard of or wouldn't normally read etc. If we are all reviewing the same books, perhaps blogging will lose its joyous spark. I don't feel that way right now but I can see that it could become a possibility. So I guess what I'm asking is: how can we keep variety in our reading if we are all reading for publishers and not for ourselves?
I am trying to alternate review books with books I want to read just for me. I think it is working but I'm interested to find out if any of you feel my blog is becoming publisher driven rather than Bookette driven. I am not ashmaed to say that the Bookette is all about me: my reading, my thoughts, my passion about books. I guess if I'm reviewing for a publisher all this still applies but I want to hear your thoughts on this issue.
I should probably finish by saying that it is great to receive review copies especially when you get a book like Montacute House in the mail. The issue is not review books per se; it is more the need to read them en masse rather than when the mood takes you.
Any advice or thoughts to share?