It’s been a long, long time since I accepted any review requests. Half of it is because I don’t receive all that many, but the other half if filled with a variety of reasons.
Ain’t nobody got time
Being a full time uni student in a veterinary degree, I don’t have all that much time to read my own books, let alone review books that really should be read and reviews relatively quickly. I feel guilty accepting books for review that I know I won’t be able to get through and post about in a timely manner.
I’m not interested in the story/ genre
While I do read a fair variety of books, I still have pretty narrow tastes. Fantasy is my #1 genre, then steampunk and historical. I do dabble in sci fi but not much else. If people are sending me requests describing a contemporary or (worse) erotica book I’m not even going to finish reading the entire request.
Not personalised/ clearly a generic message
This is a frustrating one. I’d like to know that there is a reason you are asking me to review your book. Address me by name, make a connection/ give reasons why you think I’ll enjoy it. Don’t just send out impersonal emails that have clearly been sent to an entire list of various bloggers.
This goes hand in hand with the last two points. If you clearly aren’t familiar with what we post on our blog, our tastes, the types of things we feature and do it comes across fairly obviously. If you don’t show interest in us, we really aren’t going to show any interest in return.
Too Many Books
This and lack of time are the main reasons I turn down most review requests. I have so many review books on my TBR already that I haven’t read, I really can’t afford to add any more. There is enough pressure in my life without intentionally extending my review copy TBR even further. Unsolicited review books from publishes are expanding the pile enough.
Do you accept review requests?
What are some reasons you say no to review books?