Monday’s about Me
I read – a lot. There are a lot of my childhood pictures that depict me reading curled up in a chair or laying across the couch with my feet hanging over the arm, or sprawled on my stomach on the floor. I have always loved reading and always won the awards for reading the most in my classes at school. In fact, I loved reading so much that I often neglected to get other work done because I had to finish a book.
Don’t worry, I still got great grades in school and graduated with honors.
Then college came and I’m not sure I enjoyed reading as much because instead of being allowed to choose what I read, they would assign me these ridiculous books that I had no interest in reading. Not like classics (I love those) but more like obscure, weird books that left a bitter taste in my mouth or made me wonder what in the world the professor was hoping I would get from the book …. Other than “this is a lame book – why do you want me to read it?”
But I managed to get past that too, and still graduated with an awesome GPA.
So now we come to today where I enjoy reading but have very little time to do so. And then comes my dilemma:
I am always happy to read and review books. I love it. I love to critique and give feedback before the book is out, and I love to do reviews after books are published. I really enjoy it.
The problem comes when people begin to ask if I will review their book and I keep saying “Yes” (Because as we read in Letter F blog, I have a hard time saying no). Then I realize that I suddenly have a list of 20+ books that I have promised to review for people and no time to read them.
Then, because I feel bad I haven’t gotten to those books, I decide I should write reviews for books I have read so at least I’m helping out the authors I have enjoyed reading up until now. However, this then poses the problem of adding to my list of books to write reviews for rather than eliminating the guilt of not getting to the ones I’ve promised.
Yup, It’s a problem!
But never fear, I will get to them all …. Eventually, because I think every author has the right to have good reviews if I loved their book.
Now comes the issue …. What if I don’t like the book? Do I leave a negative review or not leave a review at all because they are a friend and they asked me to review their book with the high hopes of getting another good review (which I cannot provide). Now what do I do?
Help me out here - What do you do in this situation?