04 June 2012

Book Blogger Confessions #11 - Choosing My Next Read


Book Blogger Confessions is a meme hosted by Tiger's All Consuming Books and For What It's Worth - every second Monday book bloggers spill the beans on some juicy book blogging questions!

Choosing your next book. How do you decide which book to read next? How do you balance “review” reading with “fun” reading?


Ugh this is one of my biggest struggles - I take on too many review books, and it was only two weeks ago that I had to put up the dreaded 'I'm no longer accepting e-books for review' notice until I'm far more caught up. I get so few offers for paperbooks for review that they don't really impact my review list at all.

I also know I need more balance - in fact just last week I was feeling so 'blah' about reading that I realised I needed to just read something for FUN. After all, that's what reading is supposed to be about, not work! So I'm making a conscious effort to balance things out, even though that will mean review books have to wait (even) longer - otherwise I'm at serious risk of major book burn-out. My plan is to read 50:50 review books/fun books until I'm feeling less pressure, then maybe I can adjust the percentage to read more review books.


I'm also trying to spread the genre love a bit wider - I've just read a couple of historical fiction books, which is the genre I used to read almost exclusively until about two years ago. I think that variety is also going to help me in achieving that balance, as my review books tend to be one set of sub-genres and my fun books the complete opposite.

So I've got no advice for anyone else, because it's my biggest bug-bear. Do you have any advice for me?

12 comments:

  1. I did this too, and then I got smart, while I am booked with Indie books until the fall, i organize each month and accept/request/netgalley 8 books for review a month. I generally read 12-15 so 8 keeps me comfortable, and allows me to read the books I buy. When I accept.request/netgalley books i keep them in folders for the month they launch on google calander. Then at the end of each month I schedule what week I will read and review them..and fill in my books inbtwn.

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    1. I tried something similar - but then I get distracted by other shiny things!

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  2. For real, that's one of the reasons I decided not to accept review copies of books - I would be so stressed out! I'm still stressed by seeing so many good books that I want to read, but now that I've focused a little more on reading books nominated for certain awards, I feel I have a little more focus, and still maintain flexibility to read what I want.

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    1. It's all about the balance, for sure. I feel so much better now that I'm no longer accepting requests.

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  3. I've put up a no longer accepting requests notice a few times. I think I may keep it that way for quite some time now. I have a army of my own books that I need to read and I can't ignore them any longer.

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    1. Yeah, I need to get to those books that I actually PAID for and haven't done more than stack up and dust off occasionally!

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  4. I have really tried to be more laid back about all of this but it's hard.

    Last week I read about 4 books but only one was for review. Then I decided I had something to say about another one so I'll review that too. Then I'm not going to read at all for a few days. I'm just not going to worry about it anymore.

    I only have two books for review right now

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    1. It's not worth stressing about - reading is supposed to be FUN!

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  5. I think this is the biggest struggle for all book bloggers. We just get so excited about books and horde more than any human should, but then reading them all becomes a probably. I have around 400 unread books. (Physical and e-books.) My husband is a wee bit unhappy with this.

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    1. Hide them on e-readers, they take up far less room ;) Until you run out of memory on your e-readers - and yes, I've done this!

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  6. I'm looking for a little balance, too -- too many requests now, which leaves too little time for pleasure reading. I'm thinking of making my policy 1-2 review requests per month (and then making sure I do my best to stick to that). :)

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  7. I just have a monster list and it's pretty much all review stuff at this point, what with just having returned from BEA. I need to find a system that works for balance, but first I need to conquer Mt. TBR Pile, the most intimidating of mountains.

    Chilling out with my NetGalley crazies will help. For now though, I'm on a steady diet of for review only. I'm going to try not to stress about NG titles I can't get to. I have to give paper copies priority, because I prefer them and they're more personal.

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