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!