As I've cruised through the book blog world, I've noticed a few things. First, lots of year end wrap ups and postings of favorite books read. I love those posts and did one myself. I've enjoyed perusing so many favorite books and I've added quite a few to my reading list. The second thing I've noticed is several posts from bloggers who are re-evaluating their blogs, reviewing, etc. I've been doing the same thing myself.
I love reading. I was always the kid who had her nose buried in a book and I became an adult who always has her nose buried in a book. I love reading and it's why I started this blog. I wanted a place to keep track of the books I read and what I thought about them. The reviewing part just sort of happened and, for the most part, I've enjoyed it. I love receiving complementary books in the mail. I have enjoyed "meeting" authors and bloggers. I get a kick out of seeing a new comment on my blog.
One thing I've finally admitted to myself, though, is that I don't enjoy reading for deadlines. I understand the reasoning behind scheduled book tours and I know that publishers/authors want the books they send out to be reviewed. However, I've learned that sometimes you have to be in a certain mood for a certain book. There have been DNFs and one and two star books that I think I might have liked, if I could have read them within my own time frame and not someone else's.
Towards the end of 2011, I didn't want to visit book blogs, I didn't even want to read because of the pressure to finish certain books. And, let me tell you, not wanting to read is a very disconcerting, strange feeling.
So, I've decided to be more discerning about the books I accept for review and that means less self published books and fewer scheduled blog tours. I won't give up on blog tours altogether though as there are authors whose books I will always, gladly review. But I also want to read more of the unread books lingering on my shelves. As well, instead of always accepting review books I'd like, I will utilize my library to find those books on my own time, not for someone else's deadline.
What about you? Is everything in your blogging life staying status quo or are you changing things up?