Tell Me Something Tuesday: Choosing Review Books

Posted April 23, 2013 | 9 Comments


Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Heidi @ Rainy Day Ramblings. There is a new discussion question each week. You can find all the details on her page. Hope you all decide to join!


This weeks question: How do you choose what books to review?


If I was asked this  question a year ago, I would have said “I pick books that sound good.” Now, it’s a little different. Of course one criteria still is 14910823that it sounds good, but I’ve had to be a lot more picky the last few months. I made the decision to make blogging less stressful and read more non-review books, so I’ve cut way back.

One of the main things that will make me choose a review book, is if it is part of a series I love. That’s just a no brainer. There’s no thinking it over when it comes to series like The Weird Girls and Pushing the Limits. I will always make time for them.

If a book isn’t part of a series I’ve already started, then it has to really grab me. Not only does it need to sound good, it needs to get me excited to read it. Even then, I may not 13034211pick it up, because it has to fit the right time frame since I’m not a fast reader. If I know I won’t be able to read by 2 weeks after the release date, then I use self-control and move on.  I don’t want to get behind on reviews like I used to.

Also, I don’t accept review requests anymore, except from a handful of authors that I ♥ dearly, including Misty Provencher, Trisha Wolfe, and Rhiannon Frater. When they tell me they have a new book coming out, then I make time.

Even though I’ve become more strict and try my hardest to be certain I’ll like the book, I’ve still had bombs.


How about you?


9 responses to “Tell Me Something Tuesday: Choosing Review Books

  1. Sam

    I rarely accept review requests from authors whose books I haven’t already come across before. I was a lot more open to new books when I first started blogging, but it’s pretty impossible to squeeze them all in now. I’m trying to read more non-review books this year though.

  2. I have started to become more picky too, I have had too. My time is just too important and unfortunately due to a lot of bad books lately I just have to be more choosey. It has been hard for me to say no because I always feel bad but…that is how it goes sometimes.
    I will always say yes to those authors I love like you do because I know I will get something I love. Other than that, right now I am only accepting ARCs and I am trying to be more selective on those as well.

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  3. Bea

    Aaah, restraint. I need some of that. I am behind on so many series that I should, once I finish my current batch of promised reviews, stick to just those. There are some authors that I will always make time and room for – Kelley Armstrong, Patricia Briggs, Jodi Redford, D.B. Reynolds, and Krista D Ball.

    I do need to get pickier about what I choose though I already turn down a ton of requests as is. I hate saying no. 😀

  4. It seems I’ve been reading almost nothing but review books for the last month… but I’m having fun. Still, I’ve started to get a bit more selective in what I request.

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