Finding Diamonds in the Rough: Going Forward
I’ve gone through a number of phases when it comes to book blogging and what I want to read. Back before I started blogging, I only found out about new series if they caught my eye in the bookstore. My parents and I read a lot of the same books, so if one of us found a series that was awesome, we would all read it. However, that meant that we then ran out of recommendations for each other it seemed, or maybe they just didn’t want to share what they were reading sometimes!
Once I started blogging, I was exposed to this whole new world of books in the YA genre. I was skeptical at first, but Angelya convinced me to give Under the Never Sky a try and I’ve slowly read more and more YA since I hear about them from other book bloggers. Book blogging also introduced me to the idea of advanced copies, which meant that I suddenly had a lot of motivation to keep track of upcoming books so that I could request them. I also found out that *gasp* Goodreads had information about the publication date of nearly every upcoming book!
This realization and book blogging in general started me on the hype train of doom: trying to read every new release that people were geeking out about. I wanted to be able to join in the conversations about these super popular series, so I tried to read and review as many of them as I could. This marked a shift in what books I was reviewing, since previously I had been reviewing a lot of older sci-fi and fantasy and now I was reviewing mostly recently-published YA.
At the same time, I was starting to get approved for early copies, but of course not of the hyped up books. Instead, I was reading advanced copies of small-publisher and back-list books if I requested them (since those were the ones that were easier to get if I did request, and I requested a lot). This was cool in some ways since I found books I wouldn’t have otherwise, however sometimes the quality definitely wasn’t there. I have also now ended up in the situation of not having time to read the hyped books that I do want to read, though I’m just going to fit them in through my mad time-turner skills >.>.
Fortunately, I’ve now started getting picky with which books I request since I’m at the point where I can get most of the books that I request. I obviously also have this amazing ability to purchase books I’m excited about after they are published! However, being picky means that I have to decide what my criteria are for what I’m picky about! And therefore I’ve been thinking about what I ideally would like this blog to be about as far as what books I review. Would you like to know what I’ve decided? :D
What I’d really like reviews for On Starships and Dragonwings to focus on are diamonds in the rough. I’m still going to read (and probably review) the well-known books that I’m excited about. Hopefully my perspective on them will be illuminating and then we can discuss them. However, I think that my favorite thing is discovering an amazing book that no one is talking about and getting to share it with you. I want to take on the somewhat intimidating burden of wading through all the sci-fi and fantasy books that are coming out all the time and finding the awesome ones that you might not have heard. I’m still hoping to fit in older books (that perhaps are also diamonds in the rough) and I think that I’ll be better able to do that now that I’m more picky about new releases ;-).
So what do you think? Are you up for this adventure? To be honest, I’m not sure how much you’ll actually notice any changes on the blog, since I’ll still be reviewing sci-fi and fantasy of all age ranges. Perhaps, though, they’ll be ones you haven’t heard of more often?
Do you prefer reviews of hyped books that you’ve read and can discuss with me? Books you haven’t heard of but can add to the TBR? Reviews of books that aren’t that great so you can stay away?
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