So, here’s the thing – there are books on my reading pile that I haven’t had a chance to read since I started this blog, over two years ago.
I haven’t even tried counting, but I don’t think that I’ll be inflating the number any if I say that I’ve probably got close to 200 books that I have to read, received either from the awesome publishers here in SA (being the only SFF-review blog in the country has its perks, let me tell you) or from publishers in the US and UK or from authors, published by the big, recognized imprints or independently published.
And every time I look at the TBR pile I feel guilty, because it’s becoming more and more difficult to choose objectively – I mean, do I read what I really want to read (which is, in most cases, a book I’ve been waiting for months on years to read) or what I have to read (so that I don’t alienate authors and publishers)?
Another thing that has influenced the TBR-pile is the fact that I’m writing my first novel, too; sometimes, it just makes more sense to me to write more words than to read more words.
The only thing that makes me feel better is this: I’m not the only reviewer who has this problem. 🙂
So, to try and at least get some coverage going for the novels I’ve said I would read but haven’t yet gotten to, I’ve decided that I’m going to start a new feature on the blog. I don’t have a name for the feature yet (hell, maybe it doesn’t even really need a name) but what I’ll be doing is spotlighting books that I haven’t yet gotten to – initially they’ll be books by independently published authors (that’s just fair, don’t you think?) and then the feature will spotlight the others books that I’ve got coming up.
I’ll kick this off tomorrow and will include links to the author’s websites, links to where the books can be ordered, blurbs so that you have an idea what the book is about, and cover art.
So, tomorrow I’ll kick off the feature; it’ll probably be a pretty regular feature, with more than one post a week (so that takes care of content for the blog, too), and I thought I’d mention this, too – I haven’t been asked to do this, and the authors of the books I’ll be spotlighting don’t know I’ll be doing this (I won’t be sending them emails to let them know). This is about me being as fair as possible to the people who have spent money to get their books to me – if I can’t give you a review ASAP then at least you’ll still get coverage on the blog. So, this is for me and the readers of the blog, not to stroke any egos or to redeem myself in the eyes of publishers. Just thought I’d make that clear. 🙂
Anyway, until tomorrow,