Book Blogger Hop: April 6th

This is definitely a very relevant question for the state of my blog at the moment as I’ve early recently started putting myself out there and offering book reviews. Not going to lie, I did find myself rather taken aback by the number of messages I received so quick, but this was a good thing! It motivated me further and gave me that sense of purpose. It was quite daunting as I get anxious when contacting new people, but it was a real surprise all the same. Since I’m such an avid reader and endlessly tire my family with how quick I can get through a book, I’m always open to considering new books to read. This means that I find myself accepting book requests when I still have another ten books to get through and read. I’m not sure what my quota is and I have yet to hit it; I’ve got to actually consider how many ‘books to review’ I can handle at one time. Though I hate passing up books because I don’t want to risk missing out on experiencing new talent or a new story.

This is similar to my habit of adding and adding more books to my ‘to be read’ pile (something which I’m sure we’re all guilty of). I just love the idea of exploring new books so of course, I can’t pass up any reading opportunities.

However, I do want to extend this answer to note that, with all the requested reviews I accept, I take into consideration whether the author/requester wants it completed within a certain timeframe. I make sure that their request works with my schedule so I don’t end up with 6 lengthy book reviews that all need to be completed by the end of the week. I mean, I could try, but no promises here. However, if the author or requester does have a time frame in mind, it does have to be reasonable. I’ve had requesters tell me they want a review done in the next few weeks only after I’ve accepted the request on the basis that it doesn’t have a deadline (which is why it’s not important to ignore the review requesting template), which is an issue for me and it generally causes a lot of miscommunication and distrust. Taking on reviews means dedicating quite a bit of time and energy to the task. A reviewer may have many requests at one time and they also have to deal with the rest of their life so an author can’t expect the review to be published the next day. So it’s very important for me to get a good idea of any expectations the author may have regarding how long it’ll take to finish a review. It’s unlikely for me to bow out, and I’ll always contact the author is it turns out that I can’t meet a deadline we decided upon, though I don’t appreciate being commanded to have it done and published during a certain timeframe.

I prioritise requested reviews because of the fact that they’ve been requested – somebody is waiting for it – but, of course, I usually write reviews for most of the books I read anyway. If I’m blasting through novels and not taking the time to sit and write a review, then I do once in a while find myself rather backlogged with book review notes but not the finalised review itself. Though, I do my best not to let it get out of hand.

I probably take on too many books to review at one time, but this isn’t something that necessarily ‘overextends’ me. If I have any deadlines to meet, I can ensure that I do so on time whilst maintaining a high standard of work. If I say I’ll review a book, I won’t go back on my word. Though, if I’m reviewing a book of my own choosing, I can sometimes get carried away by reading and need to remind myself to actually write the review for it.

What about you? Do you adhere to review deadlines or prefer to go at your own pace? Why, or why not?

Let me know! I’d love to hear your answers. If you’ve posted a response to the weekly prompt on your own blog, then feel free to leave a link in the comments so I can check it out!

Thank you for reading my answer to this week’s Book Blogger Hop and I’ll write you later.

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22 thoughts on “Book Blogger Hop: April 6th”

  • A great response. After trying to please as many people as possible, I now do what works best for me. I run my blog on my own so there is no back-up. I accept what I know I can manage, but I’ve also learned to say no, even if I’m declining a book I really want to read.

    • Thank you for stopping by and letting me know your own answer! I definitely agree that it’s very important to know your own limitations. Sometimes we get too wrapped up and forget that we have to take time for ourselves, we’re not superhuman, and sometimes that means saying no. I’m still getting used to what I can handle, but I’m getting there. A blog is hard work, we need to remember it’s okay to take a breather every once in a while. Thanks again!

  • This is why I take very few books to review. When deadlines happen you feel pressured and you need to finish it and sometimes if say, a book you got to review and it ends up being something that’s not your cup of tea…then the reading slows down and it starts a reading rut (at least for me it does) :s

    but book hoarding is a good thing 😉

    • Exactly! Feeling pressured to read a book and review it, especially when it’s not a book of your choosing, just makes you dread reading which is never fun. Reading should always be enjoyable, even if you’re doing it for a job, and sometimes deadlines ruin that. Book hoarding is great, definitely not something to be ashamed of! Thanks for stopping by!!

  • I’m somewhere in the middle. If it’s too good to pass up, I’ll grab it and hope for the best. Other times I sit down and plan out my schedule and how long it will take me to read each one etc. We try our best and that’s all we can do <3 Great answer!

    • I completely agree! Some books just stand out to me more than others, so I jump at the chance to read them, but it’s important to also know what workload you’re going to be able to handle and what you can commit to. Exactly, that’s something I need to remind myself of! We can only do as much as we can! Thank you for stopping by and commenting!!

    • Thank you!! I know! I’ve had some requesters wait until I accept their request only to email me a day later asking where the review is. It’s upsetting because you feel like you’re not living up to expectations, but other life commitments need to be considered too. Especially if you’re offering reviews for free! It makes it feel more like a chore when you’re constantly pushed. Thanks for commenting and stopping by!

        • Completely! Even though a lot of review policies will evidently state information regarding deadlines and turn arounds, some requesters choose to ignore that which is annoying. I find that it also makes it a less enjoyable experience when it feels like you can’t trust the requester. It works both ways!

  • So relevant. I had to pass up so many book reviews because of exam season and I knew I would never get them done until sometime in June :/ But more and more authors give no deadlines now, which is a blessing!

    • Yeah, sometimes we have to remind ourselves to take some time for our own lives! It’s hard to remember but we need a break too, especially when life is hectic. I love working with authors who understand that you have other commitments as well. Generally, reviewing without having to meet a deadline results in a nicer read and more detailed review because you don’t feel as rushed. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment!

  • I cannot be trusted with deadlines (and I can barely be trusted with review copies). I was like you when I was new to book blogging and wanted to accept everything and then it got to be too much and blogging just felt like work and it made me not want to read as much anymore, so I had to adjust. But it sounds like you’re handling things well for yourself.

    Have a great weekend.

    • Yeah, reading definitely has to be more enjoyable and sometimes deadlines just make you rush through books so you can’t enjoy or experience them. I am still pretty much very new to book blogging, so I think I still have a lot to learn! But I think I need to remind myself that it’s alright to take a breather every now and again. Thanks for letting me know what you think and I hope you have a good week! 🙂

    • Thank you! I worry that my answers go off on a tangent a lot, so I’m afraid people aren’t interested enough to read them. Thank you though! Glad to hear I don’t seem like a complete mess, haha!

  • I’m a MAJOR book hoarder. I receive a ton of book review requests and usually accept them all with the hopes that I’ll eventually get around to them.
    I let the author know that it could be next week or even a few months down the road before I review it so there’s no miscommunication.

    I usually prefer not to accept books that are on a deadline because I’m awful at keeping myself on a schedule and sticking to books I’m supposed to read. Lol!

    • Thank you for letting me know! I’m exactly the same! Books just stack up. They’re just too good, I don’t want to pass any of them up. I completely understand about not wanting to be on a deadline – I really don’t appreciate it when review requesters also demand you drop everything and read their book, so communication about the review completion time needs to be clear and open!

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