Image: part of my bowing bookshelf.
Regular readers will have noticed the last couple of reviews I have done – well, any reviews since mid-August – have been NetGalley ARCs. Until then I was reading whatever book took my fancy/seemed interesting/is deemed important and while I have still be reading those, I have not been blogging about them.
A few weekends ago – in a moment of emotional despair – I read My Mad Fat Teenage Diary, Oranges are not the Only Fruit and Eleanor & Park in one sitting. It was glorious, it completely lifted my mood, but I still haven’t blogged about it.
Why? Due to my (ridiculous) unemployment I have had eons of free time to read, in fact I am reading more than I can review. Technically, that probably cannot be seen as anything to complain about, but I am being completely honest when I say I would rather have a job than all this free time. I need to be employed; I need the direction and I need the mental stimulation. I probably need the social interaction as well, but as I have clearly decided to become a penniless house-hermit I will suppress that.
This does not mean that I don’t enjoy ARCs or that there is no merit to blogs that focus on them. I have discovered some fantastic books recently, which I would not have known about if not for NetGalley. In addition, I read a lot of wonderful blogs that review ARCs and I thoroughly enjoy them – I wouldn’t have found Rainbow Rowell without them! However, I feel when I blog continuously about ARCs I am projecting a shiny veneer beneath which I lack depth. I didn’t begin blogging for high stats or lots of free books, it was to discuss reading with a like-minded group of people, and I feel like I have been focusing on the former – I need balance.
Thus, I have decided to calm down my NetGalley requests and reclaim that balance – perhaps a 60/40 split in favour of already published books.
Consider this a return to normal broadcasting….., well, until you read my post on Booktubing and Podcasts anyway.