Monday, June 4, 2012

Book Blogger Confessions (June 4, 2012)

Book Blogger Confessions is a new Monday meme started by Tiger at Tiger's All-Consuming Books and Karen at For What It's Worth. The purpose of the meme is best stated by Karen here:
"Tiger and I thought it might be time to start a meme to discuss some of the frustrations that are unique to book bloggers. What happens when the hobby you love becomes more of a chore?
This meme will appear on the first and third Mondays of the month. Tiger or Karen will give us a question to respond to and a linky for sharing our responses and developing community.

This week's question is: Choosing your next book. How do you decide which book to read next? How do you balance “review” reading with “fun” reading?

I haven't been doing much choosing recently because I have been accepting so many books for review. I schedule them on my calendar to make sure that I can read and review them before their publication dates. In May, for example, I had eleven young adult books to read and review which filled up my YA calendar. I did have a wide open May for my adult blog and got a chance to shop from my TBR mountain.

When I can be, I am a mood reader and look for a book that appeals to me at the moment. It is quite easy to find something in my stack no matter what genre or author I am in the mood for. I try to alternate between adult books and YA books so that I have something for each of my blogs. It also helps to keep me fresh as a reader to alternate.

Here is what I have to choose from currently:
Adult Hardcovers June 2
Adult Mass Market Paperbacks
If I can't find something here, I also have boxes, milk crates and shelves filled with adult TBR books in my home office.

And if I am in the mood for something YA, these are what are on the shelf right now.
YA Shelves May 13
My current dilemma is deciding which books to take home with me for my summer vacation. I can't take them all in my Civic but I don't know what mood I'll be in. I would really like to start the next school year with the top of my entertainment center empty but know I won't be able to read all the books there during this summer. My current plan is to fill two laundry baskets - one with YA books and one with adult books.

How do you choose what to read next?


  1. I am a mood reader too, which makes it hard if I HAVE to read a review book right away.

    I have a lot of books to read, but I think you seriously have me beat lol.


  2. Ok ... just looking at your photos makes me feel like hyperventilating..... :)

    I was looking at your review policy, and I like how you state up front how many books you'll review by request, and your timeline. I'm thinking of limited myself to 1- 2 requests per month for a while, to get my sense of balance back (and to free up time for my summer reading)

  3. That's a lot of books to read and review per month. That doesn't overwhelm you?
    That's really impressive.
    I used to be able to do that but it just got to be too much.


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