Today I am going to rant and rave about "Book Tours" and also review requests from authors and publishers.
When I started my blog "Ann's Reading Corner" I started it because I love to read, it is my favorite pastime and I find it very entertaining. I decided to keep track of the books I read and add a few thoughts about what I thought of the books I was reading. Not realizing others might read my thoughts... I really didn't realize how many book bloggers were out there in the blogospere, until I started to get comments from other book bloggers. Well that was fun for a while until the authors and publishers got in touch with me and asked me to read and review their books. That was fun for a while, I loved receiving free books.
Then along came the bloggers who help authors and publishers by sponsoring "Book Tours" of their books. That was fine until recently, I'm beginning to feel like my fun and entertainment of reading has become "work" instead of fun. Just this week I received a note from one of the sponsors of a book tour well let me show myself what came in my e-mail.
What do we expect from your review:
We expect your honest opinion. Please try to write at least two paragraphs. (About 150 words) Authors and publishers appreciate more than just a few lines.
Special Request from Author:
Since this book revolves around the....
I'm sorry but that got to me and made me think, why did I start a reading blog? For fun and keeping track of the books I read...And another thing about reviews I don't enjoy reading long-winded reviews, if they are long reviews I usually don't read them.
Really, I just read for fun and my own personal entertainment. So as far as I'm concerned after I finish up with the 3 or 4 books I have accepted to read and review that ends my accepting books for review. (Except from my favorite authors.) I am going back to what I started this blog for, to keep track of the books I read with a few thoughts about what I thought about them, what I liked or disliked about them. It is my life and I have decided to enjoy it "MY WAY!"
I'M FREE, I'M GOING BACK TO READING WHAT I WANT TO READ, AND ENJOYING MY READING "JUST FOR FUN" AGAIN!....That ends my ranting and raving.