It’s that time of the week already and I’m going to spend little time dilly-dallying in my intro today as I’m posing a question (below) for fellow book bloggers – and don’t want this weekly reading and reviewing post to become TOO long. Well… plus I’m tired and lazy.
What I read
In a fairly good reading week I raced through
four five books!
I started with The Hanging Club by Tony Parsons, then mixed it up with Happy People Read and Drink Coffee, which (I must admit) was a little underwhelming.
I’d heard some great things about Jane Harper’s The Dry, so launched into that. The praise is warranted and I’ll share more on that in the next week or so.
And finally, People Who Knew Me by Kim Hooper, which I’ll be reviewing in coming days.
And even more finally (!)… after drafting this post (Saturday) I ‘accidentally’ read Long Time Lost by Chris Ewan… a thriller about a witness protection-type company.
What I wrote
There were the usual book reviews:
The Other Side of the Season by Jenn J McLeod – which I enjoyed but made me grumpy. Jenn commented on FB and Twitter on my displeasure about the ‘turn’ her book took. It was a risk she said. And I think she enjoyed my reaction. #bookthrowing
The Hanging Club by Tony Parsons – the third in the series featuring DC Max Wolfe and one which draws on historical elements.
You Sent me a Letter by Lucy Dawson – a book I could have adored, but enjoyed instead.
Happy People Read and Drink Coffee by Agnes Martin-Lugand – a book I didn’t love and just reviewed in Goodreads.
And a few other exciting posts about my life and stuff:
And then there was a guest post over at The Daily Recovery about my seachange: Daring or decidedly daft?
What I did A question about ARCs
Instead of blithering about my week I have a question for fellow book bloggers. It’s one we’ve been discussing in an Aussie Book Blogging FB forum.
What do you do when you receive ARCs or copies of books weeks and weeks or months in advance of their publication?
‘Most’ publishers don’t want reviews published more than two weeks (or less!) before publication date.
So once upon a time I read the book whenever I wanted and reviewed it in NetGalley (which – as you know – is kind of a closed forum) and scheduled it on my blog for a date close to publication date.
But what if it’s a hard copy? If we do nothing with the review until the book’s about to be published, what’s the point in giving us an advance copy?
I had a very early copy of a book last year and noted others had published their thoughts in Goodreads so did the same, but another book blogger made a comment on my review noting the book wasn’t released for some time. And I felt rather chastened!
So now even if I get books months in advance, I leave them until just before the publication date to read and review. But it means I have books sit (awaiting my attention and feeling unloved) for aaaaages.
So – my question for fellow book bloggers or reviewers – what do you do with early versions of books? Read early? Review early? Publish early? Schedule in advance? Share with publisher? Any feedback / your thoughts greatly appreciated!
What I plan to read
Given my big reading week last week I’ll need to rein it in this week as I have a few reviews to write! I also want to start pitching reviews to some other sources as I had another published in a statewide regional newspaper insert this past weekend.
I’m in the midst of a post for tomorrow though about whodunnits and (literally) how I sometimes find it easy to work it out. It also touches a little on trends in suspense / thrillers/ mystery novels.
And that’s it for my weekly reading and reviewing. What are your plans for the week?