Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop (April 6-12): Reachin’ For The Stars… Book Review Stars, That Is!


The Book Blogger Hop is a meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week, a new book-themed question is posted, and this week’s question is…

Do you overextend yourself with too many reviews because you can’t pass up a book in hopes you will get them all done or do you carefully plan and be sure you can fulfill the deadlines for all the promised reviews?

Ugh, okay, so I just recently started getting contacted for reviews and book tours and all that jazz, and let me tell you guys, I’m no good at deadlines when it comes to reading. For me, reading is a fun activity I like to do in my spare time. It’s not my job. I turned down one offer to be involved in a book tour because of the deadline. I take a very leisurely approach when it comes to reading. I don’t try and finish books by a certain date because what’s the fun in rushing?

I will say I love doing reviews when they’re not attached to deadlines, though. I mentioned before that I’m currently (slowly) reading Terminal Core, and a big part of why I agreed to reviewing this for the author was that there was no deadline. Of course, I’m still putting a priority on it because I’m not a total jerk, but I’m going to take my time with it because I enjoy books more that way. If I rush to meet a deadline, sure, I’ll meet it, I’ll get the review up in time, but I’ll probably enjoy the book a lot less because I’d be more focused on the deadline than the story.

So, as of now, I’m still accepting review requests, but I only plan to accept requests for book I genuinely think will interest me, books that I think I’ll be able to read and review in a decent amount of time.

20 thoughts on “Book Blogger Hop (April 6-12): Reachin’ For The Stars… Book Review Stars, That Is!”

  1. That’s so cool that you got contacted already! 🙂 Though I totally get that you need to read at your own pace, I would hate it when reading turned to chore, I already feel it with my ARCs, like I can’t read the books I want, even though some of these arcs are quite good, it still feels as a commitment :/ You should write a review policy somewhere on your blog, stating which genres you love, which ones you like, and which ones you don’t accept, that should narrow down the offers. 🙂

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    1. I was really surprised! It was when I first started my blog, too. Yeah I’m hesitant to request full-length arcs cause of that. Reading’s not meant to feel like a chore. Ooh, that’s a good idea! I’ll have to do that 😁

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      1. Awesome 😀 I bet no one will contact me because I’m not from UK/US, I’ll write on my blog I live in Hobbiton haha xD I knooow, as soon as I’m done with my current arc I’ll read whatever I want, I don’t care 😀

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  2. Perfect way to accept and read books for reviews.

    Congrats on starting your blog and being new at accepting books for review. It is fun.

    Thanks for sharing, and very nice to see you on the HOP this week.

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  3. I completely understand what you mean! Reading should be fun and you should enjoy it, and sometimes with deadlines attached to reviews it just feels more like a chore. I find myself often rushing through books in fear that I won’t meet the deadline and that means I don’t really ‘experience’ the book as much as I would if I just took my time reading it. I do adhere to review deadlines at the moment, but I try to make sure that my schedule suits it and I don’t get too overwhelmed. I need to learn it’s okay to say no to requests though, because some reviewers think all I do is drop everything and read only their novel in the first day of the request which upsets me.

    I posted a more indepth response to the question on my own blog if you’d be interested in checking it out! 🙂 http://inkblottings.com/book-blogger-hop-april-6th/

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    1. Exaaaactly! I love that authors and publishers trust us to provide an honest review of their books, but I also want to read books that I enjoy, and not all of the books that I’ve been asked to review are up my alley. I would love to say yes to everyone, but I also don’t want this to feel like a job, especially if I’m not getting paid for it, haha!

      I started looking on NetGalley for books to review. It’s much easier when you get to pick your own book, and there’s really no deadline attached. However, they only offer e-books, so I really only request shorter books or graphic novels from them cause I prefer physical copies.

      Loved your response, as well!

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      1. Precisely! When offering book reviews for free, you don’t want to feel overwhelmed by the fact you have to read a load of books that you’re not really interested in. I’ve joined NetGalley but I’m very new to the platform, so I’m still getting my grips with it. I’ll have to explore quite a bit more! Thank you!! I feel my answers are always too long and rambled, but oh well.

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      2. Yes! If we were getting paid for it, that’d be another story, haha. I was hoping to find another site that deals with print copies rather than e-books, but I haven’t found any yet. I guess that makes sense as e-books are easier to deal with. Haha, long answers are great! I’ll occasionally have a post where I go on for eeeever, but I try to break it up so it’s not as overwhelming. Smaller paragraphs, using images or gifs to separate the paragraphs, stuff like that so I don’t lose anyone’s attention.

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      3. Definitely! I love print copies, but I can see why ebooks are generally easier to deal with. Though it’s always nice to be able to actually hold a book. Yes, good idea! Good thing the book community likes to read, haha, so long answers aren’t much of an issue!

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  4. I’ve been going click happy here lately. I’m requesting everything and then it all comes in and i’m like……HELP!! lol!! I think I need to step back from arcs for a bit and go back to reading for fun. Loved your answer!!

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