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Where Did My Last 20 Reviewed Books Come From?

July 29th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books

I was finally clearing out my Google Reader and came across this at Presenting Lenore‘s as well as a few other blogs.

Marie of The Boston Bibliophile just posted a follow-up to her Bloggers and Commercialism post where she lists the sources of her last 20 reviewed books. She did this to analyze the possible effect not accepting review copies might have on her blog. I found it very interesting for another reason too – it’s what Julia Keller calls the “extra story” (how a book found its way to your hands) in her article in the Chicago Tribune yesterday.

I thought it was an interesting exercise as it never really occurred to me to look at where my books were really coming from.  I am a book-a-holic and love receiving books to review, buying books from the bookstore, book sales, borrowing from the library or using  I will admit that the books I receive for review do take precedence in my reading order as I usually try to get reviews up within a month or two of receiving them.  I try to squeeze in my library books and purchased books in between.  This means I have been reading a lot more lately and spending a lot less time playing computer games. LOL.

So here is where my last 20 reviewed books came from:

  • Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Darkside by Beth Fantaskey-I borrowed this one from the library after reading about it at a few book blogs
  • Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott-Another library book I picked up after hearing so much about Elizabeth Scott in the book blogging community
  • Fiction by Ara 13-a publicist offered this one to me
  • 3 Willows by Ann Brashares-borrowed from the library. I was browsing through the YA section and picked it up because I kept seeing it on one of the teen book community sites (I can’t recall which one though)
  • Drawing in the Dust by Zoe Klein- I was offered this by the publisher to review
  • Prom Nights From Hell by Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Stephenie Meyer, Michele Jaffe and Lauren Myracle-Picked this up while browsing the YA shelves at the library since someone in the book blogging world mentioned it was good to read Kim Harrison’s short story before reading Once Dead, Twice Shy
  • City of Strangers by Ian Mackenzie-this showed up unsolicited from the publisher
  • Wings by Aprilynne Pike-I wanted to read this one after seeing it all over the book blogging community. By coincidence I received it from the library at the same time I won it in a book giveaway
  • Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange-this was offered by the publisher
  • The Promise of Lumby by Gail Fraser-this one showed up unsolicited on my door step as well
  • Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson-borrowed from the library after hearing so much about it on the book blogs
  • Surviving a House Full of Whispers by Sharon Wallace-the author asked if I would review this book
  • The Second Ship by Richard Phillips-was offered this by a book publicist
  • Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater-won this one in a book giveaway
  • How to Train a Rock by Paul Steven Stone-the author asked me to review this one
  • Any Minute by Joyce Meyer and Deborah Bedford-received this from the publisher
  • Killer Bunny Hill by Denise Robbins-was asked by the author if I would be interested in reviewing it
  • What Happens In London by Julia Quinn- picked this one up from Borders
  • The Darcys and the Bingleys by Marsha Altman-bought this one from Amazon for my Kindle
  • Defending College Heights by Stuart Nachbar-received this one from a publicist

So after writing that I was even surprised how many of them were sent to me for review.  Especially since that was not why I started blogging.  My main reason for blogging was to keep track of what books I read and what I thought of them so I wouldn’t end up buying the same books again (which had been becoming more common).  I will say if I received a book for review I usually state so at the beginning of my review.

Another question was raised if this means book bloggers are not really buying books if we receive all these books to review and I have to say at least for me that is not true.  In the last two months alone I’ve purchased 43 books and received a few others through and other book giveaways.  Crazy I know.  I think it’s a sickness.  LOL.  And yes this means I have crazy piles of unread books all throughout my house.

One last thing is this made me realize how glad I am that I found the book blogging community.  As you noticed most of the library books mentioned above were borrowed because I read about them on someone’s blog.

What about you?  Where did your last 20 reviewed books come from?

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4 Responses

  1. Pam

    I think you have a healthy mix of both. I accept books I know I will review and probably like, if I have time to get to them. That is my version of integrity, making sure I don’t make a huge TBR I can never get through. That sucks worse than taking a ‘free’ book which is not even free by the time you put the hours in reading and reviewing it.

  2. dsuzuki

    I agree. I try to limit my review TBR pile because I feel guilty accepting a book I know I won’t get to. My personal TBR pile is another story. I’ve always had a back log of TBR books because I have horrible will power and buy books that interest me especially if they are on sale or from things like used book stores or library book sales. And since I’ve found book blogs it got a whole lot bigger with all the books people mention :)

  3. Belle

    I read a lot more books than I review – it’s that little procrastination streak in me. When it comes to getting books read, I tend to read library books first, because I know I eventually have to take them back, so often when I’m thinking about writing up a review, it’s a library book. Lately, though, I’ve been on a real audiobook streak, and most of those I’ve bought for myself. My last two reviews have been audiobooks.

  4. dsuzuki

    I used to read library books first and still do if they were requests from other libraries. Lately if they are books I just picked up browsing I’ve been renewing them multiple times and hitting a few new books I’ve received or bought.

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