Guest Post – Grace from Rebel Mommy Book Blog




Today I am pleased to bring you a guest post from Grace over at Rebel Mommy Book Blog.  Grace was one of the first bookish people I connected with when I started 125Pages and she has been a great sounding board and is always available to lend an ear. People like Grace are what has kept me going this past year and I am glad I can offer you a small peak into her world. In addition to this post, a shiny $20.00 Amazon Gift Card will be this weeks prize. It will run April 8 – April 14, so enter via Rafflecopter below.

How I Choose What Books to Review

First I am super excited to be guest posting on Laura’s blog for her blogiversary! She asked me to write about how I choose which books to review. It is funny because we choose quite a few of the same books to review and usually agree on them. She is my bookish twin :). Ok, back to how I choose books to review – and by this I mean request for review from Netgalley, Edelweiss or publishers/authors.

First, I tend to look at a few genres and stay away from certain ones. I usually go for YA contemporaries, Women’s fiction or Chick lit, or Suspense/thrillers. I may go for other genres but those are the ones I find myself leaning towards. For review books I tend to stay away from science fiction, fantasy and non-fiction for review books as they are very hit or miss for me. I wait to read a bunch of reviews before I pick those up to be sure I will enjoy them.




Second, and I hate to admit this, but I totally go for pretty covers. They always draw my attention and get me to read the blurb. After, I read the blurb I am in a much better position to make a decision on if I want to request it or not.

Then the practical side comes in and I check how many ARCs I already have for that time frame. If I am overloaded I will hold back (most of the time). If I am free I click away!




Then comes the wait. Will I get the book? How long do I have to wait?? I inevitably click more requests while waiting. Then all the glorious requests come in, I have a ton of ARCs and get overwhelmed. It’s a vicious cycle but one I am glad to be a part of!

So there is my not so technical way I decide what books to review. How do you guys decide???

Again to Laura – Happy Blogiversary!!


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Posted April 8, 2016 by Laura in Blogiversary, Giveaway, Guest Posts / 12 Comments

12 responses to “Guest Post – Grace from Rebel Mommy Book Blog

  1. This is similar to how I pick books. I don’t review ARCs, but when I’m choosing books, I usually go by the synopsis. If I’m not 100% interested in the synopsis, I don’t read the book.
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  2. Lily M.

    Hi I think I sort of do a similar way to pick books on Netgalley or just in general. I look at the cover, most of the time I look at the pretty ones, yes, no shame ? and I read a ton of reviews to see what the books are about. But I mostly check out books that I feel that I will definitely read.

  3. Hi Grace! You have a good system in place for choosing books. I try to be eclectic and sometimes will impulsively request a book from a genre I don’t usually read, based on the cover (just like you) and the blurb… and can be unpleasantly surprised when I don’t enjoy it. Also while waiting to hear back I’ll go ahead and click for more and oops, too many!
    Thanks for stopping by Laura’s blog and sharing your thoughts.
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  4. Terri Irvin

    Happy Blog Anniversary to Laura! I tend to go for pretty covers too and I also like YA contemporary and Chick lit and thrillers. I am trying to force myself to read all kinds of books like history and more fantasy, which I discovered I really enjoy.

  5. Cali W.

    Thanks for the giveaway and happy blogoversary; I always love reading book reviews. 🙂

  6. Lee Mckeon

    I am one who is always looking for interesting covers, covers get my attention first off!