Some people have noticed that a little while ago, I put in my review policies that I’m no longer accepting e-books for review unless I specifically request them. Most authors have been pretty respectful of this, although there are a couple who keep soliciting me every now and again. Some of them more than once…
But anyway, the biggest reason I’m currently refusing more ebooks?
This. The 117 books from NetGalley that are waiting in backlog on my Kindle, ones that have not been read yet but that I of course plan to read and review. And that’s a lot of books! That’s of course not including any books that I’ve bought, or books that I have hard copies of, or anything that’s sitting on my laptop hard drive because I haven’t converted the file formats yet so that they can be properly displayed on my Kindle.
Makes sense, doesn’t it?
I feel bad having to refuse people when they take the time to approach me and ask if I want a copy of their book to review. Sometimes the books they’re pitching really do sound interesting, and like I’d enjoy them a lot. But realistically, I can’t in good conscience agree to take that book knowing that I already have such a backlog. It wouldn’t be fair to them. At this rate it’ll be a year before I can read and review it, and that’s just an unreasonable time frame, by my way of thinking. They may not mind, they may be fine with being patient, but because I can’t make promises and because I’ve got so many other books waiting for my review right now, well, it seems to be a better thing to refuse them than to make them wait for what I may or may not be able to get around to.
Some bloggers don’t like to disclose just how many books are on their To Read pile. All in all, I can’t blame them, especially because I’ve got a pretty hefty one myself. I could not accept or buy another book for over a year and still have plenty to read at the pace I’m getting through books now. Possibly longer (unless I go through another bout of unemployment, and let’s all hope that I don’t)!
So that’s the reason why. But now I’m curious. How many books are you willing to say that you have on your backlog? From books you’ve bought to books you’ve been given, however you choose to categorize it, what’s the approximate figure on your To Read pile right now? How long do you figure that would take you to get through if you didn’t get another book until it was all done?