Hey there! Today I have a special guest post for you! My lovely friend Ashley @ Inside My Minds has kindly written up a wonderful post for my blog! You guys… Ashley is such a sweet person, and her blog is great… with lots of entertaining content and fabulous stuffs for you to enjoy. So you MUST go check out her blog! Like, now. Well, after you read this post, I mean. 🙂 Thank you!
I’m sure most all book bloggers have used NetGalley or Penguin’s First To Read as sources to read books for review. There is just something exciting about getting your first review book, so what do you do? Start requesting more, but more becomes way too many books and you’ve bitten off more than you can chew. You become so overwhelmed with all the review copies that you have to read by a certain date, but, you don’t know where to start.
The first thing you should always do if your request for a book has been accepted is to download the books, then in a notebook or somewhere you’ll always see it, make a list of all the books that you have to review and sort them by date. Meaning the books that have the earlier publication date, should be the first books on your list, that way you know which books need to be a top priority.
If you’re the type of person that can read more than one book at a time, you should also do this. If by chance it happens that books have the same publication date, I would suggest reading the longest book first, that way it can help you gauge how much time you will have to read the other books. Chances are, the shorter books will be the ones that are easier to read.
If you still feel that you are behind on review copies, take a break from requesting books. I know this might not be the easiest thing to do, because who doesn’t want all the books? It will really help with feeling overwhelmed, and it will also help you get caught up. Once you feel that you are all caught up, and want to start requesting books again, DO NOT BITE OFF MORE THAN YOU CAN CHEW, meaning, don’t request so many books all at once, especially if they all have similar publication dates. Make sure that if you are going and want to request a lot of books, check the publication dates, and try to spread them out as far apart as you possibly can.
I hope this post helps bloggers and reviewers to not feel so overwhelmed. And most importantly, NEVER WAIT TO THE LAST MINUTE, that will only make the overwhelming and stress a lot worse.
— Love, Ashley @ Inside My Minds
Well, that it’s lovelies. I hope you all enjoyed this Guest Post and learned some things. I know I sure did! (I have a huge problem with requesting ARC’s…) Thank you, Ashley, for your wonderful post! And don’t forget to go check out Ashley’s blog, guys!
Let us know below if this post helped you at all! Or if you, too, have a problem with requesting too many ARC’s. Is there any advice you’d like to add? Looking forward to hearing from you!