The Sunday Salon

Book Bloggers: Is There Such As A Thing As Too Many Books?

The best part about being a book blogger is receiving books to review. I LOVE reading, so reading for free, is even better.  Well, not necessarily free.  With every book that I receive and read, I provide a review on my blog, Twitter, and Facebook.  I also post it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, and Library Thing.  Whew!  That is a lot.  However, I feel that it’s important to the author to post a great review on as many sites as possible.

However, I have a stack of books waiting to be read.  Is it possible to have too many books?  I actually sat down and wrote every down every book I have agreed to review.  I have about 15 books waiting to be read and reviewed.  I also made myself a schedule by which to post my reviews. These are books that are not included in my book club picks that I also read to participate in our monthly meetings.  Nor, are these are also books that I have personally purchased for my own personal reading.  However, I do post book reviews for all the books I’ve read because I truly enjoy posting reviews.

So, how do you balance reading, writing reviews, and deciding what order to post them (unless a date has already been issued)?

 

25 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon

  1. Yes, I believe there is such a thing as too many books.

    Personally, I don’t “do” review books. I read what I want when I want for the most part. I take part in a few challenges, but even with those, I’m not very good at keeping up.

    All that said, I do see others who enjoy reviewing every book they read (like yourself). I think the thing is to make sure that you don’t get burned out. I’ve seen my fair share of book bloggers come and go…the ones that stick around somehow find the balance between review copies and their own copies. Sometimes it might even mean giving up review copies for a while. The main thing is do what you love and don’t burn out.

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    • That is very true! Burn-out is a huge concern for anything anyone does too much of. I am a big reader anyway, but I have started to merge the review books with books I have purchased to read for my own personal enjoyment. I actually love writing reviews and love receiving books for review. I’m not as good at saying no, however I am more selective about the types of books I accept to review. I certainly plan to review forever because reading and sharing is what I’ve done since I was a little girl. Now, I just share online :) Thanks for visiting my blog :)

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  2. Yes, you can get overwhelmed with the number of books staring at you from your review/tour shelf, or shelves in some cases. I know I’ve been there. I’m trying to cut back on the books I accept, but it’s so darn hard when it sounds like one you’d really enjoy. At the moment, I’ve got 27 waiting on me, not counting the one I just started. Prioritizing your time is a great help. I’ve learned to limit computer time, but I just got into Pinterest (BIG time suck), so it’s hard.

    I wish you luck with your reading time!

    Here’s My Sunda Salon

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    • Oh,Vicki! I have nothing compared to your stack of books! I agree- it is hard to say no to any book that sounds great! I love reading and love sharing what I’ve read with readers, either through reviews or giveaways:). Thanks for your tips: prioritizing! That is definitely key:). Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  3. It is so easy to get overwhelmed with books. I am very, very careful about the books I pick these days. If I get a book and I decide I don’t want to read it, I offer it up on my blog as a giveaway.

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    • Debbie,
      I love that idea and have begun implementing that more into my blog. I love a free book and know readers do, too. So, I’ve been offering more giveaways and am offering more spotlights on books that I just don’t have to time to read with the number of books waiting to be read. Thanks so much for visiting my blog :D

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  4. I am a relatively new book and other things blogger, too. I review books, but I have been buying them so far. As an old-fashioned journalist, I write for my readers — whoever they are (I’m not really sure) and not for authors or marketing departments. I am a reader, not a publicist. My loyalty is to other readers. That said, I don’t write about books I don’t like. Why spend more time on them? I am a slow reader, and I take my time thinking about those I choose to write about. I don’t want outside pressures on my reading.

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    • Barbara,
      That is so awesome and inspiring that you are staying true to yourself and writing about books that you love and inspire. I agree, it is too important that we stay grounded and read what moves us. I have had to be more careful with my selections and commit to books that interest me. We aren’t paid bloggers, who get paid for reviews, so it is important to remember that and keep this fun :) Thanks for visiting my blog and for your insightful words!

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  5. Like you, I’ve been trying to review averything I read. The books that “demand” a review are often the one I got through Giveaways like the one at LybraryThing for Early Reviewers. However, sinc I ask for those, I’m careful to read the description and only ask for the ones that really appeal to me.That doesn’t mean that I will enjoy the book at the end, but it makes it less of a task to do and more something to look forward to. So far, I haven’t had people asking me for a review, but maybe someday :)

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    • Oh, if you haven’t been asked yet… you will :D I love reading ARC’s and agree, we do have to be particular because we are committing to reading and writing a review by a certain date and finishing the book no matter how much we like it or don’t. That is one of the best parts about book blogging is reading ARC’s :D Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  6. Yeppers… I started cutting way back!! I hate turning authors away, but I bog down if I agree to review one I don’t like. So I started posting “author interviews” or “guest posts” so I can still help authors out without adding to my scary-high stack of books to review. It has helped a TON. Now I’m getting to most of my “wanted to”s, whereas they were starting to fall by the wayside. Not to mention a fun read here and there!!!

    Fun thoughts. Wonder what you’ll do?!

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    • I love that idea and have incorporated that into my blog, which I think readers appreciate anyway. I mean, who doesn’t love a free book?? Right! ;) I’m still learning which ones to politely decline. I definitely have limited book reviews to only the genres I primarily prefer. That certainly cuts out a lot of books for me. I’ve enjoyed reading the posts of my fellow bloggers and appreciate your input. Thanks for visiting my blog :D

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  7. Personally, I say NO you can never have too many books. But that’s coming from a book blogger who has over 1000 review books sitting on her desk. Crazy, right? I love having so much variety to choose from, but you’re right, it can get very, very overwhelming. It’s too bad I just can’t say no when it comes to books …

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  8. Personally, I say NO, you can never have too many books. But, that’s coming from a book blogger who has more than 1000 review books sitting on (and under and beside and around) her desk. I love choosing from my huge stacks because they offer lots and lots of variety. However, it is extremely overwhelming sometimes. I say only accept as many review books as you feel comfortable with having. Now if I could just take my own advice …

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

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    • Susan..you definitely are the front runner with a 1000+ books! Wow, that is simply amazing!! I love books, variety of genres, and just can’t get enough of reading :D It’s much cheaper than shopping for clothes, that is for sure! ;) Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  9. I have never taken many ARCs for review because I have so many books of my own that I want to read. Right now I am increasing my ARCs a little but only through trusted publishers so that I don’t end up reading rubbish when I could be reading something amazing. And I’m imposing a one-per-month limit on them. I’m currently reading five or six books per month and one in five being an ARC feels right to me. You’ll figure out what works for you.

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    • That is an excellent way to narrow ARC’s by distinguised publishers. I have been blessed to have publishers contact me to review books and coupled with other sites where I have an opportunity to review, I will agree if the book is something of interest to me. I have appreciated reading everyone’s posts because many have learned along the way and others are learning still, so I feel blessed amongst a great community of book bloggers. Thanks for visiting my site :D

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  10. I love your reviews, Lisa, and often wonder how you and your mates manage the load and balance your love of reading with the deadlines of reviewing. Thanks for the window glimpses. Your passion shows through. Blessings from Australia, and huge thanks for such a wonderful blog.

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    • You are too kind :) Thanks so much for visiting my blog! It was a great treat to feature you on my blog. I hope that the book writing is going well and can’t wait to see what develops from your teen writers!! :D A great yee-haw from Texas to you :D

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  11. The books for review seem to be weighing more heavily in my reading, versus books I pick up just for my personal reading pleasure. It sometimes happens they overlap and that is great. I also get to read some books I’d never normally read and that is a big plus!

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