Thursday, August 9, 2012

About Reviews

As my second blogiversary draws closer (it's on August 18th and a giveaway is coming up on August 16th), I had hoped to be able to announce Surrounded By Books Reviews open to review requests. Unfortunately, I'm still backlogged.

I'm ashamed to admit it, but I do have some review requests still waiting to read and review from two years ago. When I first opened my doors, I accepted all requests. So although some of the books I wouldn't mind reading, I was probably not as enthusiastic to read them as other books. Thus, they're remained on my Kindle and to-read list while I read other books that caught my interest.

But I plan to change that before the end of the year. Time is very valuable to me, so I have decided that any book I read I'll give it 15%. If by 15% of the book I'm not hooked, then I'll politely decline to read and review. That way, I should be able to get through my list by the end of December.

If I can clear my read and review requests list by the end of December, I will start making calls for particular types of books here and there throughout 2013 (example, I might put a call out for YA Contemporary or Thrillers, etc.). I want to be open to reviewing authors' books (and no, I don't care how you publish them), but I feel like I need to clear the list first and start fresh in 2013.

So be on the look out for my 2nd Blogiversary Giveaway announcement next Thursday and review request calls in 2013.