The never-ending dilema of the book blogger

One of the most exciting things about being a book blogger is that some very kind publishers send you review copies of their latest books.  You can pick and choose which ones you would like to review and sometimes they send you extras that you haven’t requested.  HarperCollins New Zealand are one of my favourite publishers to deal with, especially Bonnie, one of their brilliant publicists.  I never seem to run out of books to review and often have several piles that I keep thinking I have to get to.  There are times when I feel guilty because I haven’t got to X publisher’s new titles yet, so I find myself trying to read 2 of 3 books from different publishers at the same time.  Don’t get me wrong, I love all the amazing free books, but sometimes the ‘to be read’ piles can seem a bit daunting.

My biggest problem is that I still continue to buy books from local bookstores and through Amazon, Book Depository and, one of my favourite bookshops, Goldsboro Books (they have the most amazing selection of signed books, especially children’s).  While tidying my bookshelves yesterday I noticed the frightening large amount of books I’ve bought this year but still haven’t read.  Here’s just a small selection:

  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor
  • Ashfall – Mike Mullan
  • Sweetly – Jackson Pearce
  • This Dark Endeavor – Kenneth Oppel
  • Game Runner – B.R. Collins
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
  • The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean – David Almond
  • All These Things I’ve Done – Gabrielle Zevin
  • Ashes – Ilsa Black

I keep saying to myself that once December comes around I’ll have 2 months to catch up before the publishing world kick starts for the new year, but I’m not sure how this will work out for me.

Can anybody suggest what I should start on first?  What books have you bought this year but haven’t read yet?

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5 responses to “The never-ending dilema of the book blogger

  1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor and Ashfall by Mike Mullan sound fantastic and are on my ‘need to get’ list.
    I’ve bought books this year that are the latest installments in a series I love but havent got around to reading them yet. ONE GRAVE AT A TIME by Jeaniene Frost is one I was waiting for ages to arrive from TBD but sadly its still waiting on my never ending pile to be read!!!
    Good luck with yours :)

  2. zackids

    Thanks Cath. Good luck with yours too :-)

  3. Florence and Giles by John Harding sits waiting to be read and Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan from last year (whoops). Some things have to be very patient waiting for me to get to them. Being a reviewer really must add to the challenge. Best of luck

  4. Bookbrainz

    Miss Peregrine’s etc looks intriguing – I started it as an e-book but ran out of time to finish it and it expired. I wondered whether it was aimed at adults really though.

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