This is part of one book shelf in my house. I was too embarrassed to take a full view of the top of that shelf, it’s loaded with @ 50 books stacked up, unread. I’ve lost my mind.
Yesterday I read this blog post from Ashley at Nosegraze.com. Well written and hitting the nail on the head. How much of an obligation do book bloggers have? Read the post, comment or chime in here because I’ve got a problem folks!
I begin with plans of reading less arcs and more from my shelves. I received blogger letters from several publishers each month, offering a plethora of new books in paper arc or e galley form. I try to be honest with what I want to read, what I believe I can read and will read. The problem lies with the next step. I read reviews, and peruse Edelweiss and Net Galley. I’m pre-approved with several publishers on these sites. I have no problem requesting e galleys or paper arcs if something jumps out at me as a book I’ve got to read. Then there are the book events, where I may purchase a new book, or a book from an authors back list or something else that is new, shiny and pretty. This folks is how I accumulated 22 new books for January publication. YES!! 22!! Six of those were unsolicited or gifts. Three were e galleys, two I requested one I had pre approval for. Those I’ve read. So those other 13 books…all accepted many months prior to January with intentions of reading. Now sure I can read them next month, I only have ten books that publish next month I’ve planned to read. This is called the back up problem. Where do you stand on this issue? Does it happen to you? Do you receive more unsolicited books than requested? Do e galleys have less urgent feeling because they aren’t as costly to produce?
For what it’s worth, I agree with Ashley, if I request an arc, I’m going to attempt to read it and give an honest review. If it’s not for me, I don’t feel bad, I follow up with publisher/publicist or author and I move on. Should I be dong more book spotlights? Sharing books I hope to read, giving a short summary and in that way contributing something to the marketing plan a publisher has for said book? I have to admit, it feels better talking about this. Jen Hartling of The Relentless Reader suggested a support group, “um Hi, I’m Anita, and I have a book problem”. I just noticed her post today is about giving away ARCs….timing is everything folks.
So I attended a book event last Friday. Deborah Johnson, author of The Secret of Magic spoke at Vero Beach Book Center. The event was nicely attended, the audience had good questions and recollections of their own growing up in a changing racial environment. I was able to have lunch with Deborah and Cynthia, the publicity person from VBBC, she’s also a very good friend. We chatted books, grandchildren, traveling, raising our kids, food, wine and much more. It was lovely.
I had Deborah sign a paperback copy of The Secret of Magic and I’m giving it away. Please fill out the form for a chance to win. Open until 10pm EST Monday January 26, 2015. Winner will be chosen using random.org. Open to US residents only, all costs are my own.