I think I have become more selective in the books that I choose to read, especially in the pre published market. I have turned down quite a few books because I don’t think I will like them. With so many other books on my list to read, I won’t accept another if there’s a risk I either won’t finish or won’t enjoy enough to write a decent review. This is to protect myself primarily, but I’ve also convinced myself that I’m looking out for the author as well – I want to be able to write a decent review, that’s either very positive, or at least sensibly critical.
With small, newish, authors there is always the chance that the author hasnt developed the necessary thick skin, and will be unable to handle a poor review/rejection with the necessary aplomb. As yet this hasnt happened – the authors I have worked with so far have been lovely, but yet another reason why I rarely if ever accept self published books.
Something I learnt whilst doing bookcrossing, long before I became a book blogger, is that there are too many books and not enough time, so if I wasn’t enjoying a book I was allowed to mark it as a Did Not Finish and move on to the next one. No one was going to shout at me! It has also taught me that, should I really be meant to read it, it’ll come around again in some shape or form.
So yes: I have become picky in my dotage. I’ve been getting offers of more books since becoming a blogger and have had to learn to say “no” in some instances. I have also had to stop myself putting my name forward for the giveaways on sites like goodreads and librarything. Previously I would have put my name forward sometimes simply because there was the chance of a free book (no matter the quality), but those days are long gone!
So are you a book blogger? Have you become a picky reader?