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!!