I got started on this topic because I visited the library for the first time in MONTHS, not to mention me being book deprived because of the self-ban I placed on myself when finals started. (And I was already semi-book-deprived by then because I don't get to read as much as I'd like when I have classes going on.) Needless to say, my mom was shocked by the huge stack of books I had on hold. As soon as finals ended, I started browsing the library catalogue for books that I'd been looking forward to reading but didn't have the means to access while stranded on the island of my campus. Combined with the number of books that I have for review, I'm going to be smothered by book love by the time the holidays are over.
If I could, I would live in a library complete with a spacious bed-couch with loads of pillows smack in the center, so I never have to travel far to get started on a book. The walls would be lined with shelves and books upon books. I was browsing library photos on Pinterest and became intrigued by the idea of having tall stepladders in my library. It'd be neat to have bookshelves so tall that I needed to climb up stairs to reach certain books. I probably wouldn't be able to read so many books in a lifetime, but it would be awe-inspiring to gaze upon such a huge collection of books. What I wouldn't give for a couple hundred more years to read in my not-so-very-little library.
How about you? What's your dream library?
Natalie asked:Confession time. I still have some of these books stacked on one of my bookshelves. I know that I may never get to these books, but a small part of me hopes that I can get to these one day. Some publicists will ask before sending you a book for review, but there are also times when they'll send you a package of books to look at. It's all about prioritizing. When I am emailed about a possible book review and accept it, I will definitely read and review it no matter how long it takes, though I try not to take too long to do this.
What do you do with the unsolicited books that you can't review and can't afford to give away?
An unsolicited package is another matter. I will take a look at the books, and there is bound to be at least one or two that I was interested in and will get to faster. When the box contains eight or so books, however, it may be impossible for me to read all of them within the month of publication given all the other books that I also receive. In this case, I turn to my blogmates and ask if they can review some of them for me. Alice is really flexible, and I can count on her to take on a couple more books than she's scheduled for if needed. I can count on Austin to read books that target guys more so than girls. These are usually few in number, so he typically reviews around once a month. I also don't have to pay shipping for them, so that's a plus.
Another option is to hold one big book giveaway instead of multiple smaller giveaways. It's surprising how much you can save just by doing this, especially if you're using a flat-rate box and keep it to US only. There is also the old-fashioned method of giving these books away to friends or donating them to the library or a charity. Publicists are human and understand that we can't review every single book that we're given. I do try to review most, if not all, that I'm given. However, it's just impossible given all the other things I have to do. What we can do is do our best to ensure that the books that we absolutely are not able to review find good homes with fellow book lovers who'll treasure them and possibly review them.
Note - If you're going to host a giveaway on your blog, it's polite to let the publicist know about it. Usually, the books will come with contact information on a sheet of paper if not email. If you can't find any, then the publicist probably doesn't expect you to contact him or her, and I would think that you're free to do what you want with the books.
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