I am getting a lot of my free books now from giveaways. And let me tell you, there are plenty of places now to go sign up for giveaways. Additionally, I have a very reliable source who often gets me advanced readers copies. And on top of everything I still enjoy doing book tours - so those will always be a source of free books for me. All these three choices are much much much better commitments for me in exchange for a free book, far more rewarding and enjoyable than committing to a book review request - which often is a dry conversation with an author who can be even more dry when he/she is looking for their review on the site and does not find it.
So why has it been such a hassle to commit to a book review? More often than not - my experience has been - that I have not enjoyed the book I have accepted to read and review. Review time comes around and I can barely get myself to write it. I have to write something... I made a committement AND I got a free book. The reality, though, is that I just don't want to write it - the book just isn't good enough or I don't want to load my site with book reviews I don't quite feel I want to represent.
As a result, I have decided I am no longer doing any more book review requests. I don't want this interfering commitment. I want the freedom to choose the books I read. I also want to have the freedom to post the reviews I feel I want to represent on this site. On the bright side, I will still post reviews for giveaways I sign up for and win, as well as any book tours I sign up for.
I want to be the sole decider in what the content I represent on the site. At the end of the day, if I want to post something I do - if I don't feel the content is up to part with my own satisfaction or fulfillment from it - I won't post it. Everything on the site gets a final stamp of approval from me. I do not make any accommodations or compromises when it comes to this site.
With that being said, I now have to make a final mention. First and foremost, I want to say I'm sorry to the authors I probably will not get a chance to connect with because I will not be doing anymore review requests. I am also sorry for the last 3 review requests which will not be posted on the site. I just don't believe I have enough to say about the books to post them. You know who you are, obviously because the review requests have not been posted. I want to be able to focus on QUALITY versus the QUANTITY of my reviews from here on out. I am truly sorry that I have to relieve my responsibility on these three reviews, but it's just what I have to do....
It's taken me a while to come to this decision. I have enjoyed, to some extent, the process of review requests. But I also feel so much relief now having finally decided to NO LONGER do any more review requests. I feel that with the responsibility of review requests out of the way I can now make time for content that I have truly wanted to publish more of AND especially focus on the reviews I want to put more time and energy into.