Today’s Book Blogger Hop 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?
I’m assuming this question is about promising reviews in exchange for a copy of a book–promising myself I’ll write a review is a whole different situation! So I’m looking at it from the book/review exchange promise perspective…
I am a planner in all aspects of life, so I was never one to get overextended on promised reviews. Lately, this is even more true…I haven’t actually accepted a book for review in a very long time. I have kind of a lot going on right now (and I know I’m due for a goal update!) and I need my fun things to actually be fun and relaxing, not another obligation. (I might feel differently by December, but right now I’m strongly feeling the ‘maybe a year of super low pressure reading challenges’ vibe for 2019. We’ll see.)
Another reason I’ve pulled back on accepting review copies is that I didn’t always have much luck with them. In fact, I had several experiences where I could tell by page two that a book wasn’t really for me, just on a writing-style level, but felt obligated to finish reading. Because…someone sent me a book for free in exchange for a review, and reviewing that I read two pages and stopped didn’t really feel like holding up my end of the bargain! Those books didn’t turn out to be terrible and I tried to give balanced reviews, but would I have kept reading if I didn’t feel I had to? Nope, I don’t think so.
When I eventually get back to accepting review copies of books (because I do intend to eventually, when life settles down), I’ll probably request to see the first few pages before committing to reading and reviewing. That seems like it would be better for everyone!
Fellow book bloggers, are you accepting books for review? Do you feel on top of it, or do things pile up sometimes?