For some reason, the last two weeks has seen me slip into a book slump. I’ve got plenty to read, in fact, I’ve got books coming out of my ears. There are books under the bed, books on the TBR bookcase and books in the towering review pile. However, I seem to be very indecisive at present. One problem was the sheer amount of Olympic coverage I watched which kind of broke my momentum. Then there was my birthday (which was lovely) which took up a significant amount of time in which I celebrated with family and friends… taking time away from sitting with a book.
Then comes the big issue – review copies. I’ve had a lot of proofs through recently and all are books that I want to read, but my TBR and books received for my birthday, keep stealing my glances. This leads me to a conundrum and I would like the advice of bloggers and/or publishers (well, anyone is welcome to pitch in!).
How URGENT are review copies?
Each time I receive a review copy the first thing I do is look up the release date and then list them in the order of release. My aim is always to read and review by launch day to ensure the best coverage for the publisher and author. Usually I hit that aim on the head and feel I’m pretty reliable. But, like any form of entertainment, it’s about the experience that you want at the time. So, if I’ve got a stack of literary books for review but fancy some genre at the time, do I give in to my whims or force myself to read a book that excited me but I’m not perhaps in the mood for?
I feel that if I force myself to read say, Dirt by David Vann when I’m not in the mood for a deep, emotional, literary read, that I will inevitably walk away unhappy. But, then the guilt kicks in that the publisher has sent it to me in faith and as a book blogger, I want to represent their book.
This is my issue currently, I believe. I have books on my review pile that I just don’t fancy this week… what is the cut off date for reviewing a review copy for other bloggers? I feel as if I need to set some sort of system. Most are books I’ve expressed interest in and the publisher has kindly sent over, but then, what happens when there are older books we want to read or a latest release has caught your eye in the bookshop?
Gosh, this has turned into a bit of a ramble, hasn’t it? I suppose I’m postulating on how best to approach my bookcase and endless love of books (one that is consuming my tiny flat). What do you put first? I’ve always felt as if I’m a rather slow reader – an average of two books a week – but of course there are so many to read.
Head or heart, readers? Head or heart?