And you wonder why…

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?

4 comments on “And you wonder why…

  1. As far as books I own go, I've got around 80 books that I still need to read. These are paper books. That's not even getting into my e-book epidemic. I have about 150 titles on my e-Reader, and a few dozen more on my computer's hard drive that I need to transfer over to my reading device.

    When it comes to books that I'm interested in reading at some point, I have a book journal that I keep a list in. I'm not sure how many titles are on that list.

  2. That's a lotta books! I get a few request for ebook reviews, but being the forgetful so and so that I am, I keep forgetting to reply to them, even if it's a simple 'no thanks'.

    Though my TBR pile is still pretty darn large, so it's gonna take a while to get through it all, hehe.

  3. In general regarding TBR piles and stuff, I know the logical reasoning should be that readers need to do away with giant stacks. Read one book at a time, request one book at a time, and all will be well. But of course, we're not like that. When given a short window of opportunity to snatch an interesting-looking book for free (or discounted, or for normal price, or whatever), we probably will. And so the TBR pile is born.

    If you accept books for review, I think it's completely legitimate to deny a request based on backlog. Especially because publishers expect the review to come out within a reasonable timeframe. If you have hundreds of books on hold that you're only going to read in two, three years from now, how is that helpful? It's preferable for the publishers to offer their review copy to someone who will actually review it on time, and better (in a sense) for you, because it'll keep another title or two out of the backlog.

    Once you pass the hundred mark, I personally think it's legitimate to consider a culling. That's one of the reasons why I always keep myself from passing 100 books. Maybe in addition to refusing review requests you should try to weed out titles that are no longer relevant? It's difficult, but sometimes a book that seemed interesting once just isn't worth it anymore a few months down the line…

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