Welcome back, Armchair BEA readers, Angelya here! Today is Friday and we’ve been given a free pass to write about our own topic.
I thought I’d share with you the Phases of the Book Reviewer, with the help of the Tenth Doctor, because basically, I’m a big nerd.
This topic was originally discussed by Philippa and myself on Tea in the Treetops podcast episode 5. Check it out to listen to us chatting about it in more detail.
It was originally inspired by a post from Anya at our kindred spirit blog On Starships and Dragonwings about finding diamonds in the rough. She discussed becoming dissatisfied with the quality of some review books and she has decided to attempt to find those books that aren’t so hyped and well known, to find great sci-fi and fantasy that no-one else is reviewing.
Which phase are you in right now?
Phase 1: Proliferation
Request all the books!
Cultivate envy of bloggers who receive books from publishers in the mail!
Phase 2: Inundation
“Omg, so many books to read and they are all releasing this week! ”
Whatever you do, don’t go near a library.
Ban yourself from Netgalley.
Drown under your review pile.
Phase 3: Procrastination
“It’s all too much! I’m just going to leave these review books and read whatever I like.”
Let the review book deadlines pass by and read other shiny ones instead.
Realise you have a shelf full of books that you haven’t had a chance to read.
Catch up on books released last year that you never got to.
Phase 4: Resignation
“Let it go, let it gooooo…”
Finally feeling mostly on top of things.
Only request books that you’re genuinely excited about.
Try not to feel pressured into finishing books that you’re not enjoying.
Consider checking out Netgalley again.
Should I keep reading this book?
Warning: You may find yourself back at phase 2 again at any time.
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