When I started my blog, I had no expectations that anyone would ever send me free books for review. I assumed that review copies were reserved for the big bloggers with huge followings. And I was perfectly fine with that. I'm a dedicated bookaholic who will continue to read no matter where the books come from. Between my library, online bookstores, and my friendly local book store, I will never run out of books. I read for pleasure and blog to share my love of books.
That being said, I was over the moon when I got the first email asking if I would be interested in a review copy. I am still surprised when someone contacts me about reviewing their books. Have no idea how they find me, as I don't take part in blog tours, don't have contests, and have never done an interview. As a new blogger, I'm waiting to get more comfortable before diving into the deep end of the pool. *L*
So here are the last 20 books I've read or received, as I haven't completed 20 reviews yet:
- Undone by Rachel Caine - bought
- Vision in White by Nora Roberts - library book
- Sins & Shadows by Lyn Benedict - bought
- Red Headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells - bought
- Echoes in the Dark by Robin D Owens - bought
- The Photograph by Penelope Lively - library book
- Stepsister Scheme by Jim Hines - bought
- Norse Code by Greg van Eekhout - bought
- Die for You by Lisa Unger - ARC review copy
- Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison - library book
- Shadow of Betrayal by Brett Battles - ARC review copy
- Lover Avenged by JR Ward - library book
- 0 to 60 by Susan Slater - review copy
- Chemo KateLynn by Andrea Lynn Katz - ARC review copy
- Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich - library book
- Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman - library book
- Stray by Rachel Vincent - library book
- The Strain by Guillermo Del Torro - library book
- Under the Radar by Fern Michaels - borrowed from friend
- Look Again by Lisa Scottoline - library book
So of the last 20 books I've read, 9 have been from the library, 6 were purchased, 4 were free review copies, and 1 was lent to me by a friend. Seems like the free review copies don't really have that much of an impact on my reading.
Take a look at my current TBR piles: 8 were purchased, 11 were won in contests, and 14 are review copies. Only have 1 book checked out of the library right now because I need to catch up on reading the review copies.
J.Kaye gave me some excellent advice that I was a little slow to take: only accept review copies that you really want to read. I still find it hard to turn down offers of free books, but accepting a book you wouldn't read if it wasn't free isn't fair to either you or the author. I'm still learning, but have started saying 'no thank you' to books that don't interest me.
And while some bloggers are concerned that getting free review copies will slant their opinion, I can honestly say that this has never crossed my mind. I treat review copies the same way I treat all of my other books. I will give my honest opinion no matter where I get the book.
See what I mean about snowballing? J. Kaye, Lenore, and Marie's posts were a little different than this one. Sorry for rambling a bit, but I am curious where other bloggers get their review books, and if they think getting a book for free will slant the review in any way. And should a blogger mention where they got the book: review copy vs library vs purchase?