Thoughts and other Miscellany

Musing Mondays – System

This week’s Musing Mondays asks

Do you have a system as to which books to read from your “requested review pile?  What is it?  What about when there are too many to read in a certain time frame?

There are a number of contributory factors:

– does it look hugely exciting?

– do I have a personal connection with the publicist/author? (e.g. do I chat to them a lot on Twitter, follow their blog etc)

– is it a paperback? (hardbacks are much harder to carry on public transport)

– is it by an author I already know?

Deadlines sometimes come into it but given that most books have a maturing phase of at least 2 months and in many cases more than a year on my bookshelf, without lots of advance warning, it’s not going to get read before the deadline.

I have to admit that NetGalley review copies tend to languish on my Kindle long past publication dates because I can’t see them – they are not looking at me guiltily from the shelf!


5 thoughts on “Musing Mondays – System”

  1. I completely agree with that last paragraph! The ones on my Kindle languish until I go on holiday. Although I have been reading more on my phone recently, so that’s been helping.

    I’m beginning to find that ARCs are wasted on me, as I simply can’t get to them before they’re published, or within a reasonable time after publication. After all, in addition to all the review books, there are other things I want to read purely for my own enjoyment/personal development as a reader!

  2. I have a pile of review books sent, and I TRY and read one book of that pile and then one of my own . It does not always work mind.

    I do feel guilty sometimes about the amount of unread review books but I do read them and do review them so I think I am keeping to my part of the deal, just maybe not as soon as they are published!

  3. Yes to that last paragraph. Unless it’s for a blog tour, I often go to my ebooks and have a sort of surprise, after which I feel guilty. I like your list and attitudes to deadlines, I tend to worry if I’m not meeting them and that just means you have to be faster which isn’t fun.

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