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6th – 12th – Do you overextend yourself with too many reviews because you can’t pass up a book in hopes you will get them all done or do you carefully plan and be sure you can fulfill the deadlines for all the promised reviews? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)
I do a little of both! If I sign up for a review, then I absolutely complete that fulfillment. Especially for book tours. But, for some reason, if an author or publisher gives me a book without a definitive deadline, then I almost always miss that publishing date.
If I’m excited about the book, then I may read it prior to. But in many cases, if I get the book months ahead of time, I tend to forget. Last year I had a complete list for each month, which worked out beautifully, until I did overextend myself and found that I was behind again.
Some of the books I get also are already published. Unless it’s from the library, I’m not going to have a set review date for them. Which complicates the issue! In these cases, again, I try to add them to a monthly list of when I want to review them, but many times they may slip through the cracks.
OR, and here’s the worst case, if I start a book and can’t get into it, I may set it aside. I may even try to pick it up multiple times, which I’ve done with quite a few that are on my past due list. If I still can’t get into it after the third try, I’m going to set it aside for a while. I normally tell the author or publisher, except in the case of Netgalley, that I’m trying to work with the book but it’s not working with me. Sometimes this may just be a mood I’m in, or the book isn’t hitting all my spots at that moment and if I go back to it, I may think it’s amazing! So, I don’t want to take it off of my review list because then I won’t even have the chance to try it! And that’s a lose/lose for everyone involved.
Reviewing can be a difficult process when we get so many books each month, but it should always be fun. When I’m reviewing and setting my lists for the month, that’s what I remind myself.
How do you set up your book reviews?
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