I can literally count the number of review requests I’ve had on one hand. I know, tragic.
But actually not tragic at all. My general policy since I’ve started blogging has been that I don’t accept review requests and I’ve gotten very few. I did a couple of reviews for TLC Book Tours (who are very awesome, by the way) but I initially contacted them asking to be part of a book tour for an author I liked, so I didn’t mind them following up with a couple of review requests after that.
If I get a review request these days, I usually just ignore it. If I’m not very lazy, I’ll respond and them know that per my policy, I’m not taking review requests.
I did have a dilemma recently – a really great author contacted me asking if I would like to review her newest book in a series that I adore, but it was an e-book only. As most of you know, I kind of hate e-readers and e-books. I could have accepted the request and read it on my computer, but I don’t like reading on the computer much and I didn’t want to review a book that will only be available digitally. It really sucked to not take her up on her offer, because I’ll probably never get the chance to read that book now, unless it’s released in paper form. I’ll keep my fingers crossed. So that was probably my most upsetting review request, but only because my stupid opinions and principles got in the way, not because I was annoyed at the request itself. I was actually so honored to receive her review request, and really sad that I couldn’t accept.
So, how about all you normal book bloggers that don’t turn down ARCs and freebies? Tell me your review request stories!