I’ve been trying hard lately to get to all the books I receive for review consideration to the point where I have nothing waiting for me on the review pile (I’m down to five :D)! This means seriously cutting down on what I request since we all fall into the trap of requesting more than we can actually get to. However, it also means making sure the books on my for review consideration pile are ones that I’m pumped about reading a month from now or even several months from now. I’ve been struggling with the best way of balancing this and figuring what I should request for a number of reasons.
It’s a hobby, so I want to love it!
My goal with book blogging lately has been to really get back to the root of freaking loving reading and that means reading books that I’m really excited to read! It also means trying to avoid being in the situation of having a book that a publisher sent me based on my request that I now have lost interest in and have to slog through. I have a number of features to help me deal with those situations, but I’d honestly like to avoid them all together.
Only request the MOST exciting?
I have gotten much much better at noting when I’m actually really excited about a book and when I’m just tempted to request because I want the shiny. My current measurement of excitement is “if this book was in my hand at this moment, would I want to drop every other book I have to read it?” If my answer is yes (and I haven’t gone over my four requests a month!), I go for it. If my answer is hesitant, I can generally convince myself that I don’t really want that book and I’ll get it from the library if everyone ends up loving it.
What if I miss something??
Hence I’ve ended up with a stack that I’m genuinely excited to read every single book and have a hard time deciding which to start first. However, I’ve talked before about finding diamonds in the rough and I’m pretty darn sad that I’m not really doing that anymore. I love the idea of reading the book that no one else is planning to and finding out that it is awesome. I probably wouldn’t have requested Uprooted with my new very stringent policy and that would have been freaking tragic! I know that if a book becomes big, I can easily get it myself, but what if a book doesn’t become big and I never realize it is awesome????? These are the thoughts that keep me up at night ;-).
You can’t read everything
Obviously even when I was less strict with what I requested, I couldn’t actually read every single one of those books because my time-turner still hasn’t come in the mail, so is it really any different if I just don’t request them in the first place? I’m consoling myself with images of nothing on the for-review-consideration stack and me drifting through library aisles and grabbing whatever strikes me. There are lots of hidden gems buried in the backlist and I want to read them all! I’m hoping by requesting only books I’m pretty darn sure I’ll love (i.e. fairly few), I’ll read them quite quickly and then have time to read older books and random new ones I find.
What is your criteria for requesting books? Do you have a set limit each month? Do you try to resist requesting ones you lose interest in?
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