If you have been reading my blog for a while you will know that I posted “reviews” about books that I had recently read, but I did it with the following precursor before the review.
The Recently Read posts are not typical book reviews. As a writer, I do not believe I should be reviewing the hard work of other writers. These posts are simply books I have recently read and enjoyed and will share with you. They will not always be crime books as I am trying to widen my reading selection. I hope you enjoy some of these with me.
Over time my view has shifted – in relation to the actually reviewing part, not the widening my reading selection!
Time and again I’ve been asked to leave reviews for books I’m reading. Authors want their books read and reviewed. They encourage people to leave reviews. I’m an active member on Goodreads so I’m reviewing over there anyway because it’s Goodreads that is important for the authors as well as Amazon. I also now realise that if I am published, I will want my work to be reviewed – hopefully positively! And it won’t matter if the person is a reader or a writer/reader.
So with that in mind I checked out and joined NetGalley a little over a week ago.
NetGalley is a website where booklovers, “professional readers”, reviewers, booksellers, etc can get hold of electronic advance copies of books for reviewing purposes. You need to able to show you are a serious reader and reviewer. I linked in my Goodreads account which is active and is also linked to my Twitter account which has a high follower rate. I then requested some books and was thrilled to be accepted by some publishers for some advance copies.
So you will now see some reviews – and yes, I will admit they are reviews, because lets admit that the Recently Read posts were reviews anyway, no matter what the disclaimer said, I was still giving my opinion on a book, – so now some reviews will say that the book was provided with thanks to the publisher and NetGalley.
What this is already doing to my TBR list is just shocking. I love physical books and buy from bookshops, I’m addicted to downloading onto my kindle so have nearly 400 on there already, I use the library for ordering old books I want to catch up on and now I’ve joined NetGalley!
Did you realise if you blog about books or are simply an active Goodreads user, you can join and obtain advance copies of some great titles? And it’s not just UK based, they have titles that are in all territories and can only be downloaded in those territories.
So, I suppose my original question in the title was about reviewing and it came from my original stance and change in that. Do you review books and are you happy in doing that?