When I left for vacation last month, I had big big plans to use the very long 36 hours of travel time to and from my destination to catch up on my backlog of reviews for books I’ve read in the last couple of months. Not only did I not open my Kindle while away, but I didn’t write ONE review. Did I miss it…NOPE! Did I feel guilty about that…yes, I did! You remember that feeling you got when your mom told you to do something and you procrastinated until she asked you about it and all you could say was…
I got back from my 10 day vacation with not only the backlog of reviews I had when I left, but 15 new review requests. Oh, and I got an email from an author calling me a THIEF because I hadn’t yet posted a review for the book she shared with me earlier this year…for FREE (as she made sure to remind me).
If you’ve been around a while, you’ve probably noticed already that I don’t post as often as I used to. I’m going to take a moment to clarify something for those who may not have known — I have a full time job that does not involve blogging. Book blogging is a HOBBY for me. Lately, I’ve been too physically and mentally drained to read, much less write thoughtful reviews; thus, My Reading Nook feels like a burden not the pastime I used to love. My TBR pile is full of books I’ve yet to read or review from authors. If your book falls into that category, I do sincerely apologize for my delinquency.
Back to that aforementioned email…and the other emails that I’ve received from authors that have called me out of my name, whether it’s because they didn’t like the review I posted or for not posting a review when they wanted me to. I thought long and hard on why I do this and if I want to continue this (most times) thankless pastime. My decision…
I’m DONE accepting review requests for a while — maybe forever. I’m not sure yet. I want to get back to reviewing without obligation to anyone, without censoring myself, without any obligation to review in a certain timeframe or feeling guilty if I post a review that an author doesn’t like.
All that said, if I’ve agreed to review your book, I will uphold that promise. I’m not promising the post’ll be up by tomorrow, but I will get to it. Otherwise, I will not be taking review requests for the foreseeable future.
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