There are some days I trawl around the blogworld and think that everyone but everyone gets more review copies than I do.
And then there’s the rest of the time in which I am altogether more sensible. Part of me really wishes that more of the tempting books I see in the bookstore just appeared through my door, but then I wise up and think how very hard it is for me to get through a fraction of my ongoing reading list, how often books I’ve bought because I was longing to read them end up sitting on the shelves or in my overflow pile for months because there is just so much I want to read, and of course how many of the offers that are made to me of review copies I turn down because I’ll only accept books that I like the sound of enough to guarantee they won’t languish unread, filling me with guilt. When it comes to it I don’t take on many review copies because I feel I couldn’t guarantee timely reviews, plus I have a complete horror of looking greedy or unprofessional (which is nonsense – of course I’m greedy about books, you don’t have to visit here more than once to figure that out!). So I end up feeling very ambivalent about it all.
(I should add at this point that the only books I’ve been offered with regularity recently are ebooks, and many apologies but I can’t read them – I don’t own an ereader and cannot imagine reading a whole novel with pleasure off a computer screen.)
All of which prompts a rather cheeky inquiry on my part – I’m wondering how long it takes other bloggers to get around to reading review copies that they’ve been sent. Do you prioritise them? Do you always read them all?
If I have been offered a review copy and formally accepted it, then I will certainly read that book as soon as possible, and review it – unless I really didn’t enjoy it. Funnily enough nothing kills my traffic like a negative review (now why does that happen? Another difficult question to answer) and so I can’t see the point of that for any of us.
I do occasionally receive books that I haven’t formally asked for. These I do try/hope to read, but often don’t get around to very fast.
It occurs to me that I could perhaps try harder to get review copies sent, but I feel very inhibited about soliciting copies from publishers. And I’m afraid that if I did manage it, they would undoubtedly come along all at once, in the manner of buses, and I would have all my reading time bound up with reviews for weeks ahead.
So what is the etiquette with reviewing books – do you review them all, and fast, or do you think it’s okay to leave them to one side for a while? Do you feel guilty if you don’t review books you’ve been sent, or do you think that’s just part of the gamble publishers take when sending review copies out? Have you asked for books to review – and been successful? That’s more than one cheeky question, isn’t it? But I’m very curious to know how other bloggers work this, and what’s considered normal behaviour.