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Should you only request books you’ll love?

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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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  1. Ooh, THIS! I’ve struggled with this basically as long as I’ve been blogging, and I think I’ve only recently gotten good at it. I’m nowhere near close to your stack, though! I’ve got oooooodles of review books waiting to be read, and plenty I never get to.

    I think of it really similarly to you with the library. I can always, always get a book I’m interested in later, so unless I’m dying to have it right now, I can handle not getting a review copy. It’s too fun getting free books, and I think we all learn to chill about them eventually. :)

  2. I only request the books I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to read and am pretty sure I’ll love. For me, it’s a simple matter of getting the book read. If I request a book that “maybe sounds interesting”, then there’s like a 90% chance that I’ll never read it because I’m constantly prioritizing the books I REALLY want to read over the one I’m not sure about.

    I tend to save the maybe books for later purchases. If I get to a point where I have no books on my plate and want something different, then I might buy and take a risk on one of the maybe books.

    But there are so many books out there and I can’t read them all, so I always put the ones I’m dying to read and think I’ll adore first.
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    • I hear ya! I used to be good at reading review books no matter my mood, but I’ve turned into such a moodreader lately and don’t really know how to deal with it, haha!

      Do you ever actually get to the point of having no books waiting for you to read? Ha, I feel like I think I’ll get there someday and it just hasn’t happened in the last two years ;-)

      • If we’re only counting review books, then yes. And that’s also if we ignore the ones that I’ve long since written off (for example, a book I got approved for on Edelweiss a year ago and still haven’t read—I tend to write them off after that long of a period).

        These days I tend to only request one book at a time. So I request a book and don’t request any more until I’ve finished reading that one book.

        It actually works really well. :)
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        • Fair! I feel like as soon as my review book pile is down though I start grabbing library books or books off of my shelf that I’ve been wanting to read so the pile always has something waiting even if I’m done with review books! Plus I have a lot of eARCs that I’m still wanting to read from a while ago so even though they are old, I would buy them and read them anyway.

          I’m seriously impressed with your self-control! Though I’m wondering how you handle requests that you’re not sure you’re going to get, how long do you wait before giving up and requesting another?

          • Well I don’t request physical ARCs. I only request them through NetGalley and Edelweiss, so I almost always find out if I’ve gotten the book within a week. So there’s not really much waiting time.

            But also, hardly any books have sounded good to me lately, so that’s helped in maintaining myself control LOL.
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          • That is nice! Though I think I’m still pending on Illuminae and have been for over a month, sigh. I take that as a no, but once I got approved for Scan the day before publication!

  3. I dislike giving bad reviews so I do try to pick books that I will like. The pitch must sound interesting and the topic must interest me too. I rarely request books in genres I dislike, for example romance. Obviously, sometimes I’m wrong. I just recently requested a book that sounded soooo awesome and then the writing style killed it for me. But yeah. I don’t see the reason to request books I won’t like.

    • Definitely agreed about the bad reviews, though it is so hard when trying to find unique books to know how it’ll be! I definitely stick to my sci-fi and fantasy genres and even shy away from a book if the blurb sounds too romance focused, haha. I guess I’m less wondering about requesting books you don’t think you’ll like and more wondering about guaranteed love versus possible love to find new authors and branch out ya know?

  4. I always love reading & commenting on these posts! I’ve been blogging for three years now and I still struggle with “shiny” books. I’ve gotten muuuuuch better at my requesting (I don’t even email requests anymore unless it’s one of my most-anticipated books of the year) and I’ve resisted a LOT of egalleys. I have way too many that I never got around to and way too many sitting on my shelf… Plus books I did request plus books I bought plus books I got as gifts… I can’t possibly read them all. I hope to make it to quite a few but I’ve learned to put the breaks on the requesting! if I really want a book that badly, I will request and read it right away. If I feel like it can wait, I will buy it later or get it from the library/a friend :)
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    • Yey! I go through such phases when it comes to emailing requests. Sometimes I can got a month or two without being tempted at all, and then I’ll all of a sudden notice all the books I really want to read and can’t resist emailing. There’s an aspect of knowing that I’ll kick myself if everyone gets an ARC I wanted but I didn’t request it so of course I didn’t get it! I’m trying to focus on the exciting books I already have on my pile though and ask myself “do I want to read this one book more than all of those I already have??” and often the answer is no because I’m so pumped for the ones I already have!

  5. I don’t request books very much, and I only request digitally on NetGalley or Edelweiss. Since I don’t request for print ARCs, I never feel that bad if I can’t get to something or I don’t like something. I have some of the same policies. If it’s not something I’m DYING to read, I don’t usually request it or download it. Still, if there are a lot of things I like I don’t worry to much about it. I’ll get to what I can. After all, I have my library job as an excuse. It’s for work, really! :-)
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    • I’m trying hard to keep the same mentality about eARCs since they cost so little individually compared to print ARCs, though at the same time I really want to read all the ones I have waiting for me, gah!

  6. I’ve definitely felt this way. I TRY to only request books I think I’ll love, but sometimes the hype gets to me and I request something just because everyone else is excited for it. This has turned out both well, and not so well. I’m afraid of missing out on the “Next Big Book,” I suppose. Being more selective with my requests is one of my goals for this year, so thank you for the great discussion!
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    • I completely understand missing out on the next big thing, I guess just reassure yourself you can always get it from the library if you do miss it?

  7. This is a great post! It’s so hard to hold back from requesting the new and the shiny, and I’m proud of you for sticking to your stringent rules. We could probably all learn from your restraint!
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    • Thanks! Sometimes I feel like it is keeping my blog from growing, but I’m kind of okay with that at this point in life ;-)

  8. I only request on Netgalley because then if it isn’t something I don’t end up loving, no harm done. I just don’t know about asking for physical copies, not sure that’s something I will ever do. But, what I do request is usually something that sparks my attention because others have nabbed it, or because it just sounds cool. I have gone outside my comfort zone to try other genres a few times, but normally I stick to what I think I will like. Good question!
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    • Yeah, I’m realizing more that physical copies aren’t as great as they seem when you first start. They take up room, I feel worse if I don’t love them, etc. I’m feeling much better about taking risks on eARCs and only doing physical copies for things I know I’ll love or there aren’t eARCs of etc.

  9. I started to request only things I REALLY want to read, and I am finding it a lot easier to stick to a very light reading schedule. I was even able to double my NetGalley score! WOOWOO! But, Anya, I completely agree – I would love to try to find some books that are not covered, but I am seriously running out of reading room, space, time, etc etc. I have to be picky, or NOTHING is getting read. Also, I would love to maintain a positive relationship with publishers, so why would I pick something that I think I might not enjoy? Yes, honestly in reviewing is the backbone of our wonderful blogsphere, but I really hate writing reviews for books I don’t like, then sending it off to the publisher. I just got back into the good graces of Disney, and I would like to maintain a fair and honest, and also POSITIVE relationship.
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    • Yey for good NetGalley scores!!! That’s exactly the problem isn’t it? That’s why I’m think an afternoon in the library grabbing random things and reading the first page of each could work ;-) Haha, oh Disney, yeah, I’ve kind of accepted they are going to be mad at me about Deep Blue for a while ;-)

  10. I try to request only books I think I will like, because I want to enjoy reading. I still do not end up enjoying them all. The biggest problem is that I skip reading book summaries (or read just first paragraph) since they are usually too spoilery, so a lot of times I request books based on gossip and book cover.
    And I always end up requesting more than I can read in a month. :/
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    • I try to avoid reading the summaries too for that reason often though it makes it hard to find stuff to like, haha. I frequently default to waiting to see if my reading friends with similar tastes like the book and then I know that I can safely read it!

  11. I agree that it’s a hobby and we should always enjoy it so that it doesn’t become work. And most of all not work of the bad, grueling, tedious kind. On balance, you can’t 100% predict what you’ll like and also you might miss out on books you might love. It’s a difficult decision. :D

  12. I usually request books that I think I’ll love, but I’ve been noticing those “go-to” books have really been disappointing me. I’ve had quite a few DNFs, so I’m branching out and requesting a few that aren’t normally what I think I’d like. It’s paid off so far, so I am more open to requesting anything in YA now.
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    • Oh no that’s the worst! When you’re favorite genres aren’t working for you, it’s definitely hard. That’s when I like to wander a library and see what jumps out at me since you just need a palate cleanser

      • I do that sometimes. I have a few fantasy titles on my shelves for when I get sick of contemporary. I just wish that some of the newer dystopia series jumped at me. For some reason, a lot of them just look really bad. I loved Divergent and The Hunger Games, but everything else just doesn’t grab me.
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  13. I try to only request ones I’m interested in, ones by my favorite authors, and ones usually already on my Goodreads wishlist. It’s hard not to want them all, but in the past I requested a bunch I ended up not liking just because I wanted them and it didn’t work out well. I don’t have a cap for the month, but that is a really good idea! Most of the ones I request are online so they’re eBooks, and once in a while a publisher will send out an email asking if we want them. I’ve gotten better at not requesting so many and a few times I don’t take any from the publisher. I have a bunch that have to go up for September but I’m super excited for all of them! I’ve also started borrowing ARCs from local bloggers so taht helps out a lot too. Great post!

    • I’m doing that too where I only request if I already had it marked as something I wanted so that I don’t just request because it is shiny and new! I felt so good about myself when I requested only one book from the fall catalogue a publisher sent! Seeing as last season I requested like five….

  14. Sometimes I will request books that a lot of other people are excited for because then it makes me think that I might like it, but most of the time, I will only request books that sound appealing for me, or that I believe I will like. Most of the time, it’s nothing that other people like because I’m such an alien in that way, but, I still go with what I like. Great post though Anya! :)
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    • I try so hard to resist the hype when requesting books since that rarely works out for me, I’m such a black sheep reader too!

      Thanks :D

  15. I request books I think I’ll like and maybe love because I hate to write a negative review, especially for a new author. When I am on NetGalley, my first thing is always the book cover, then the synopsis. If I can get more info from goodreads or amazon I read about it before requesting. This method has worked for a couple of years until last month, actually. I thought I was going to LOVE a book and I absolutely HATED the author’s style. The premise was so different and it had so much potential. Now that I am remembering though, I didn’t actually request it first, they sent me a link and then I researched it before downloading. So it sort of wasn’t my fault in the first place. (I sound like an 8-year-old with that sentence!) These days I’m shooting for no more than 4 review books a month so I can still read my favorite authors and genres. Some months it’s more, but I read ahead. I’m pretty much scheduled through the end of the year for reviews.
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    • I honestly rarely think about writing the review and instead just don’t want to force myself to read a book I don’t like since that takes so much time, haha! Resisting the emails where they pitch you books is so hard, I definitely understand that problem! Wow, I’m seriously impressed with your scheduling, nice job!

  16. I try to aim for 5 review books every month and definitely NOT more than 10, because that would make me feel too stressed. I try to think before I download/request. ‘Does this sound like a book I will really like?’ If the answer is ‘yes’ I will get it. If I’m not sure I will place it in my maybe-list and I will wait for some reviews before I decide what to do. This system works quite well. You can never know for sure if you will love a book, but it’s always good to think well before requesting.
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    • Now is that requests or review books that are publishing that month out of curiosity?

      Oo, that maybe list is a good idea, I should make one of those! I kind of have that with a to-borrow list for stuff to get from the library, but I think that would make it easier to resist requesting if I made a note to come back to it later.

  17. I definitely only request books I thin I’ll really enjoy… but I don’t have the kind of restraint you have! I love getting accepted for new books, and I think part of my excitement is to be able to read it before it releases. I have to admit I’m a tiny bit jealous your review pile is so manageable, though. That would be heaven!
    I have become a lot stricter when it comes to not reading a whole book, though. Even with e-galleys, if I don’t feel like I’m engrossed in the story by the 20% point, I’ll put it down and only send a note to the publisher via netgalley or edelweiss letting them know I stopped reading, why, (mostly that’ s a it’s me, not the book case) and that I won’t post a full review of the book.
    I love this discussion topic, because while ARC books are awesome, they can also become a source of stress.
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    • I definitely go over some months ;-). I love reading the books before they release too, so much fun, but I’ve started really loving having the chance to read older books now too. I think you have to go through the blogging stage of not having any time to read anything but review books to really appreciate the smaller pile haha. DNF’ing without remorse is definitely a good way to get through those books that don’t work for you too!

  18. I think it’s a good idea to be more picky, but sometimes it’s really hard. I have received a few review request that sounded okay, but didn’t really get me excited and it still feels weird saying it isn’t a book for me as I am actually not sure. On the other hand my current for review pile is around the 50 and that is stressing and I sometimes feel quilty if I read a lot of non-review books in a row as I know all those review books are still waiting for me. It’s hard to find the right balance. I have become a lot more pickier with accepting review request now than when I just started blogging. I still should go through my pile and just remove those I don’t plan on readign anymore, but that also feels so definite. Great post! And I think this is an issue most bloggers struggle with. I am really happy and lucky I can get review copies as I certainly wouldn’t be able to afford them all, but sometimes having so many review books is also stressing.
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    • The emails from the publicists are the hardest to resist! I really want to make them happy and say yes but I just can’t read them all D: I’ve been saying that my schedule is full lately since that’s true too according to my super strict schedule.

      Going through and culling the ones you know you are literally never going to read is really freeing, you can give them away to good homes that might read and review them too!

  19. Hmm, I don’t have a set number limit per month, but I have tried to be slightly pickier about what I request, mainly because I’ve no idea how much reading time law school will leave me. I guess it’s just been more about listening to my gut. If the cover/synopsis don’t immediately grab me, or if I have reservations, I usually wait. Usually. ;)
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    • Yeah, law school is going to make things tough I bet! It’s nice you have BEA books though since you don’t have to worry if some of them don’t get read :D

  20. Like everyone, I’ve forced myself not to request so many books from Netgalley/Edelweiss anymore. Back when I asked for everything, I did find some diamonds in the rough, but I slogged through more than a few less-than-stellar novel, because I felt I needed to prove I would review what I received. Now, I just have problems when three or more of my review books are published in the same month. It seems that real life always rears it ugly head then, devouring my reading and writing time. Personally, I can’t see a way around that problem though.

    As for printed ARCs, thankfully (or not, depending on my mood),most of my requests for those get ignored, so I can always send a request, get the desire to get the book out of my mind, then never have to worry about that one again. I think of it as a reviewer cold shower. :)

    • Yeah, it’s that question of whether the diamonds are worth all the crap! I had the problem of always overestimating how much I could get read in a month and it turns out I am not the worlds fastest reader >.>

      haha, I know that feeling completely! These days I figure I might as well send in the request since who knows what’ll happen, but it’s kind of a relief when I don’t get most of them since it frees up reading time for other things and that book when it is eventually published!

  21. I’ve been trying to request less books, and have been doing horrible at it. Just. Can’t. Resist. The. Shiny! But, really, I have been doing a bit better and trying to toughen up my criteria like you have. I think I may need to put a cap on how many I request a month as well, that sounds like a great idea. :)
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    • They’re all so shiny! Every little bit helps right? :D I even have a secret page where I write them all down each month so that I can’t cheat haha

  22. I’m getting better at requesting e-galleys of books I’m really interested in. When I’ve requested physical ARCs, they’re always ones I really want. Great post!
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    • The eARCs are always the most tempting since they are so easy to request right?? It made a big difference when I started counting those towards my four a month as well as requests for physical ARCs! Thanks :D

  23. I was getting stressed with my review pile so I’ve limited what I’ve requested a good amount. Like you, my pile has shrunk. it’s a tad sad because I miss the mail but at the same time I’m happy that I’m not feeling as stressed out. I really think it all depends on how much time you have to dedicate to your blog. I still don’t feel bad if I don’t get to everything I’ve requested. I try but if I start something and it doesn’t work out- DNF.

    • I definitely miss the mail too! But I realized I had to make a change when I was getting stressed when I got mail instead of happy D: Yeah, I definitely don’t make myself read something if I’m not enjoying it or if I change my mind from reviews etc, but I at least have a good chance of getting to it all now haha

  24. I went wild with the ARCs when I first started blogging, but that became overwhelming and I felt terrible about the books I knew I was never going to get around to. Now I do try to only request books I’m pretty sure I’ll enjoy. And to space out their release dates in a sensible way!
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    • Didn’t we all? ;-) I used to convince myself that some day I would magically have all the time and would catch up with my eARCs and then I realized that was literally never going to happen and I need to just give up on some of them and start fresh. But now I’m doing much better :D

  25. I try not to let myself request more than 4-5 a month. Depending on when the publish date for the book is. If all of the ones I want to request are coming out that month, or in the next few weeks, I only let myself request 2 of them. Because I never know if something will come up and I won’t get them read/reviewed on time.

    I’ve also been more careful about which ones I request. If I read the synopsis and have the “I must have it!” feeling, it gets requested. If I read the synopsis and I’m not sure, then I skip it. I also make myself not request sequels to books that disappointed me or that I didn’t enjoy. (Like, I really wanted to request the third book in the Selection series… I wanted to see how it ‘ended’. But I was so disappointed by the 2nd book, and not in love with the first book I didn’t let myself ask for the third. Thought it would be bad of me and not nice to the publisher if I requested it and knew there was a high chance of it ending up with less than 3 stars.)

    And I’ve noticed that now that I’m making myself pickier about the books I request, I haven’t been turned down for a single book. I’m not sure if that’s because I’ve been blogging a lot longer than when I last requested books, or what. But it’s another reason for me to be careful about what I ask for, since I most likely end up with it!
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    • I used to try to do it by publication date but for some reason completely failed at that, haha. I think I put the number too high for one thing, something like eight since I can read about that a month, but if some of them are huge that just doesn’t work!

      I’ve honestly even been avoiding reading synopses sometimes because I want to resist the temptation to request it haha.

      I suspect the time blogging probably has a bit to do with the increase in acceptance for review requests ;-). I’m still getting turned down for the ones I want most, sigh, but that’s also because I figure I might as well ask for the really hyped ones and see if I get it *shrug*

  26. While I try to only accept books I think I will enjoy, I also think its important to stretch and try new genres and authors. I have discovered some awesome books that way. I use to worry about giving a bad review or DNFing a book but publishers appreciate the feedback.I use a calendar and once my month is full it is full and I don’t accept anymore. A lot of bloggers make the mistake of accepting everything. I have passed on many books because there wasn’t room on my schedule. I always review around review date of books I accept. On the upside I now reap the rewards of being disciplined because I pretty much get approval for any book I want.
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    • That’s exactly what I’m trying to balance, maybe I should do one stretch book a month and three near-guarantees?

      I’ve started being good about passing on books that I would enjoy but don’t have room for. It hurt the first time, but is also rather freeing. And if I find time in my schedule I can always buy a copy to read later right?

  27. I was getting on top of my review pile for a while. Or rather, I was whittling down the pile a little faster than before. Now it’s right back up there again, and I don’t know how it happen. Freaking weird; the books just seem to muliply on their own! (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)

    I used to be really indiscriminate with my book requests, especially when it was Netgalley-simple like clicking a button and that didn’t involve actually having to summon the courage to ask someone directly. I applied my book-buying philosophy to my book-requesting philosophy: “If it looks interesting, and I might read it some day, I should have it.”

    That resulted in my TBR pile exploding out of control. Also, I no longer buy books that way, because really, do I need that book from the 1970s about psychic research, or that random fantasy novel that actually sounds pretty bad but got it because yay, fantasy? I have tons of books that are technically on my backlog but I know now I’ll never get around to them because I really don’t have an interest anymore in “books I’ll probably read some day if I have nothing else at hand to read.”

    I’ve gotten a lot more discriminating. Often I pass over books that I think I’d probably enjoy but I just have no time to read them right now. I miss out on some books that way, it’s true, but I think that’s a small price to pay for keeping my TBR pile in better condition. And I can’t always guarantee I’ll only request books I love, but I can at least reduce it to books I THINK I’ll enjoy, rather than books I might enjoy if I’m in the right mood and don’t have anything better to read.

    I do try to read through my backlog. I kind of like it now when there are months where fewer books are released that I want, because then I can focus on getting ahead with upcoming books and catching up on some older ones. I don’t impose a strict number limit on myself, but I do only go for books I strongly suspect I’ll like, and that’s helped keep things… Well, not entirely in control, but less out of control, I guess. :p

    • Hehe, that’s all we can really ask is to read more than is coming in ;-) I completely believe you about the replicating books, I’ve seen it happen!

      I used to have that same feeling of wanting to grab anything interesting on the chance that books stopped being published or buyable so I must stockpile for the apocalypse, turns out that is silly, ha! I’ve been going through my bought books and purging those I realized I will literally never read unless they were the last thing unread in my house.

      I also am loving the months where I only have one or two review books coming out since I’m requesting so few, I’m hoping to actually read books from my shelf!!!!

  28. I’ve gotten to this point as well – where I will only request a book I really really really want to read. It’s so easy to just request all the books for the shiny. And I’ve come to realise that although it’s nice to branch out once in a while, it’s more fun to just stick to the books I know I will like. Obviously there will still be some bad apples, but those can’t be avoided.

    • Yeah, I feel kind of bad for having such a narrow focus sometimes, but I want to be excited about what I’m reading and there is nothing wrong with comfort books ;-)

  29. I try to only request books that I think I’ll enjoy. I might think I like them and sometimes I do but sometimes I don’t :/ so I’m always cautions on the types of books I request and I make sure it’s something I think I’ll like. If not I tend to leave it alone too because I don’t want to not review a book I’m sent, it doesn’t seem fair to the publisher at all :/

    • I especially don’t want to feel guilty about not wanting to read a review book and then forcing myself to and getting into a reading slump D:

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