Let’s take a moment to talk about receiving free advanced reading copies, shall we? Let me first say that I truly, truly appreciate being given these books for free ~ especially when they come in the form of real books in the mail. It’s like Christmas all year when the mailman brings those packages. I take my reviews seriously and *try* to read and review in the order of publication. Am I perfect? No, of course not. But I do try.
So please understand that what I am about to share is not a complaint! It’s really not. Just more of a feeling of, “What in the world?” I was just a tad bit shocked at the time frame requested for turn around from reading to reviewing on a book I received.
I received an advanced reading copy of 4321 by Paul Auster. From the blurb, it looks like this is going to be a very good book and I’m looking forward to getting into it. However, it is 866 pages long and I was asked to have the review in, within the next 3 weeks and 4 days.
Oh my word.
Now see, I do understand that there are people out there than can churn them out that fast. Folks who devour 2-3 books per day or who could certainly handle 866 pages in one week.
I, however, am not one of those people. I don’t read as fast as that and I have many things that, on any given day, can derail my reading plans mightily. So I do my best. I read as much as I can and I get my reviews in as close as I can to when they are requested. But almost 900 pages in 3.5 weeks just isn’t going to….can’t happen in my world. Not to mention that every month I have books in my schedule – that have been plugged into my calendar for that time period because I received them so far in advance – so there were/are several in front of this rather large tome.
I will do my best. I will read this and I really am looking forward to it. It honestly sounds like it’s going to be a great book. It’s just not a 3.5 week kind of book for me. :0)
A very sweet friend gifted me with The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling because she knows I’m a complete and utter fan girl.
I also ended up getting 2 digital books from Netgalley. The first was The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
and also The Twilight Wife by A.J. Banner.
Then I received a bundle from Simon & Schuster containing: The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak,
So those were my bookish deliveries for November.
Happy Reading Everyone!