But since going back to grad school and having to juggle school, my friends and family, my job, church and all the other life things, it does not leave me a lot of time to read and blog. The fact that I am a slow reader to begin with (it takes me an about three days to finish a novel if I can read everyday), it's definitely a challenge.
Because of this, most definitely since I started grad school, I find myself picking up review books 75% of the time (rather than the books I buy myself). I have an obligation to read and review these books and feature them on the various social media I am part of so reading review books take precedence over the books I personally buy.
This is part of the reason why there are times when I get into a blogging slump, when book blogging feels more like another chore that I have to do rather than something I want to do.
I'm very happy that the review books I get are books I would read regardless and I feel very comfortable recommending most of them. Doing all that is not a hardship, it is just very time consuming, and for this reason (unlike when I first started blogging) almost all of the books I review here on the blog are "review books."
Because of this, I find myself putting books into two piles: my "review books" pile and my "fun-NO-obligation-to-review books" pile.
[I have a third pile called "grad school books" but that is irrelevant here.]
Sometimes I find myself looking at my "fun books" pile with longing. There's nothing better than reading a book and simply enjoying it--not having that obligation or pressure to have to review it, to have to talk about it.
And I miss that. Reading for fun.
Of course, some bloggers would argue that you don't have to review a book if you do not want to. True. But for me, especially if I requested a book (it is why I hardly request books anymore), it just doesn't feel right choosing not to review a book at all regardless whether I liked the book or not. There's a reason why publishers and authors send books to book bloggers: so we can read, review and share their opinions, spread the word or create buzz about the book.
I guess my question for busy book bloggers [who review books for publishers] are: how do you find time to read all your review and non-review books? Do you miss reading for fun without having to write a review? Do you also find yourself putting your books into two piles similar to mine? Do you get into blogging slumps?
Or unlike me, you have no trouble juggling every thing, is a fast reader and have time to read and review all of your books?