Sunday, April 3, 2011
A VISIT TO MY OFFICE AND MY BLOG
At any one time I have over 150 books waiting to be read and reviewed. Like most of you, my dedication wanes when I spend too much time staring out the window, or on the internet playing canasta on Pogo, but most of the time I stay on track and try to do at least ten reviews each month.
I don't keep many books after I've read them, just some of my favorites or books signed by authors whose books I've reviewed on my blog.
My blog features reviews of books that I've actually read. Since I'm a one (wo)man band, I can't really read every book on the market so I try to pick and choose carefully, my favorites being mysteries, memoirs and women's fiction.
Although I'm linked to the websites of all fifteen Recorder Newspapers, and some of you have seen my recent review in their print papers, I am totally independent. I don't receive any payments of any kind for my reviews. If you notice, I also don't currently have ads on my blog.
My reviews simply reflect my own opinions and I try to be fair and honest when writing a review. Not everyone will agree with all of my opinions but I try to write my reviews as if I were describing a book to a good friend and whether or not I think he or she would enjoy it.
All of this is leading up to another point. Recently I have been contacted directly by some authors or by friends of authors to review their books. While I am happy to receive their books, I value my independence and integrity when reviewing ANY book. I can't promise that my review will produce the result they're hoping for.
This was the case with my recent involvement with Saloma Furlong, the author of WHY I LEFT THE AMISH. She was referred to me by the woman who manages the blogs for the Recorder Newspaper group. It was a pleasure and a delight to read and review Saloma's memoir, but the same is not always going to be true of every book I'm solicited to read.
With that said, I hope you enjoy the "tour" of my office and have a better understanding of the purpose of my blog. Feel free to email any comments to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for stopping by!
Note: If you double click on any of the photos I've posted, you can see the titles of some of the books in my "to read" queue.