hope you’re all having a wonderful Sunday and to all of you mums out there, Happy Mother’s Day. I’m having a wonderful and rather chillaxing Sunday so I thought I’d post something which hopefully you will find interesting. If you’re an author reading this, it might be even useful. I sure hope you’ll find it useful.
Anyway, it’s been more than a year and a half (closer to 2 years) since my good friend Marina and I decided to go on this blogging venture. Hand in hand, we’ve been fighting our TBR piles, shared our passion for books (especially those falling in chick lit genre), however we never planned posting any discussion posts. We were focused more on reviews, which will be still our primary thing. But lately I’ve been feeling this great need to share my tips, advice and generally my opinion on what it feels like to be a book blogger. This time spent in the wonderful book blogging community has not only impacted my thoughts on writing and books, but also my whole personality. You’ll all agree with me that book blogging is not only about books, but also about the people you meet through your love for books. Thanks to book blogging I’ve met so many great friends all over the world. Thanks to book blogging some of my friends (book bloggers and authors) now know where my little country (Macedonia) is or if they knew about it, they found out more. Every day we learn and I sure have learned many valuable lessons all thanks to book blogging.
But what I will talk about today is why I won’t read a certain book. This topic might be interesting more for authors, but at the same time, some of my reasons might be same as other blogger’s.
#1: YOUR BOOK IS NOT OUR THING!
Bloggers say ‘READ OUR REVIEW POLICY’ but some authors are just too damn lazy or Divas thinking their book will be everyone’s thing. Well it’s not, and not all of us can read all genres. Most of us have stated this in our Review Policy, you just gotta sacrifice ONE minute from your precious day to read it. However, if you did read it, and unfortunately your book is not among the genres that blogger reads, do not despair. Trust me, you have not just saved that poor blogger’s time, but also saved yourself from potential 1* rating. However, if you get your book into the right hands, to a blogger who does read that genre, you’re in the game. So, it’s a win-win kind of thing, you just have to stop being lazy and invest one minute/per blog’s review policy. Which is not too much, if you look at the bigger picture. It equivalents the time you’d spend browsing Pinterest or RTing 10 people on twitter. And also, reading Review Policy will benefit you more.
#2: WE DON’T DO EVERY BLOG TOUR
Lately, we’ve been kind of quiet when it comes to Blog Tours because sometimes the book was not up to our standards or liking and we feel bad afterwards for saying that to the organizer. We still do Blog Tours but only for authors we’ve read before or really believe their book is up our street. This is better both for us, the tour organizer and the author/publisher. We still think Blog Tours are great, just not every blog tour is for us.
#3: HAVE YOU SEEN OUR TBR PILE?
It’s massive, as every blogger’s TBR pile. At time of posting this I have +450 paperbacks I haven’t read. I won’t even mention the number of books stored on my kindle. Of course, not all are sent from publishers/authors for review, but bought and I really really want to find the time to read them. People have invented so many stuff, went to the moon and all that, but no one yet has managed to make the day last longer than 24h. In these 24 h I have to find the time to earn for a living, do my job the best I can, feed the kids, play and help them with school, cuddle with them and hubby, cook, clean and you know..generally, LIVE!
#4: WE’RE NOT EASY
I’m not a Diva, but please don’t treat us like we’re worth nothing. We’re humans too you know, and we do this as a hobby. There are so many books out there and so many fab ones, being rude in your review request e-mails will really get you nowhere. If you don’t care about us, you obviously don’t care about our opinion. And if you don’t care about our opinion, why are you e-mailing us? We don’t get paid to do this, we are free service. Actually we’re the ones paying hosting sites and even organizing giveaways, so try to imagine just how much we love books since we’re doing this. Got the picture? Good! Never forget, be polite in your review requests!
#5: Not only I won’t read it, it’s an IMMEDIATE DELETE
This is actually kind of linked to #4 but I still thought it’s worth pointing out. Authors, never send your book in your first e-mail to that blogger. I’m gonna speak for myself here, but honestly it makes me feel cheap. We do get Unsolicited ARCs or review copies, but only from people we’ve worked with or interacted before (through social medias too). It’s really rude to send your book without our consent to review it and at the same time is not the way to treat your own book. We’re not authors but we known you put so much effort in your books, so it is among the most precious possessions of yours. Don’t just throw it in someone’s face. That face and your book deserve much better than that.
I’m sure I got more reasons for why I won’t read a certain book, but for a first discussion post we ever did, it’s turning into a rather long one. And we don’t want you bored. However, there will be more posts about blogging and we hope you’ll find them interesting. Your comments on this are much appreciated and if you’re a book blogger we’d love to hear more of your reasons on why you’d say NO to a book. Thanks so much for reading and stay awesome!