5 Reasons I Turn Down Review Requests

October 22, 2017 Discussion 28

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.


No Research

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?



28 Responses to “5 Reasons I Turn Down Review Requests”

  1. Wattle

    I don’t accept review requests on my blog now, I have a note saying that in my sidebar, on my contact form and on my review policy, and I still get the occasional one (I ignore them). When I was accepting them I’d just get requests for books I would *never* read. Ugh.

    If I want to read something for review now, I go to NetGalley and request what I want. It’s much easier!
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    • Bec

      We should probably add one, but I don’t get enough for it to be too much of a nuisance yet.

      ARC request sites do really make it a lot easier! And less awkward if you don’t like the book haha

    • Bec

      Yessss unsolicited review copies are why I don’t except any requests now basically. It’s still surreal that I even get the occasional unsolicited copy haha but they really don’t help my TBR situation

  2. ShootingStarsMag

    I don’t really get offered too many books – where they email me – but when I do, I try and be as limiting as I can because I DO already have a ton of books. When it comes to things like Netgalley, I only request certain books even if there are a TON I’d love to read.

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    • Bec

      We need to be selective when the TBR gets out of control! It grows well enough without too much of our help haha

  3. Taiwo

    I’ve only gotten a few requests but since I’m just starting, I accept all. It’s something I need to stop because now, I have so many unread books.

  4. Shanu

    I don’t get many review requests honestly. But, even if I did, I don’t think I’d be too interested. Like you said, my own TBR is near exploding, I don’t have time to read review copies.
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    • Bec

      If they were actually things I’d read, then maybe I’d accept. But they usually the complete opposite of the genre I like

  5. Mia

    I don’t get review requests that often but when I do, I usually check the genre, synopsis and reviews/ratings to see if I will be able to finish the book. I do read a lot and I have non-ending my TBR list. If I have a lot of books that I will be reading, I e-mail the author stating that I won’t be posting a review soon and check if it ok for them. Even though, I want to post reviews in a timely manner, sometimes it is not possible so I clearly let them know before accepting the book.

    • Bec

      Life makes it hard to get through books at times. If I had more time to read maybe I’d take on more. I wish I could

  6. Tyler H Jolley

    As an author, I don’t do reviews on my blog. I will review books like on amazon, but never a negative review. On the flip side, when I do a book tour I actually follow your guidelines pretty well. I get to know the blogs, see what they like, read their policies carefully and make a decision on whether they’d be a good fit. The last thing I want is a romance blog reviewing my sci-fi/fantasy books. It would be painful for both of us. haha.

    • Bec

      Fair enough! It’d be awkward to have reviews on the same site as your author stuff I think.

      I’m glad you put the effort and research in!

  7. Monica Laurette

    While I am a newer blog and not fully focused on just reviewing books I have never gotten a request to review. However, if I did, I would probably say no as well. I am also a full time university student and I have two majors that I am working on at the moment, I am also working hard on being able to study abroad next semester. I just don’t have the time to read my own books so why would I agree to review one I know I will not be able to read in time.
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    • Bec

      The requests will come, trust me!

      Man, you’re going to be lucky to get time to read your own books. I know I struggled to find time. It’s doable, but slow going.

  8. Joséphine @ Word Revel

    So much yes to all five points! Two more reasons for me are (1) when an author comments on my Instagram posts, telling me to read their free ebook on Amazon and (2) when they insist I’m going to love their book. It’s like I’m just another number for the reviews rather than a person.
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    • Bec

      The comments on instagram/ twitter/ random social media are even more annoying than the emails! It really seems like they’re just spamming any blogger they can find

  9. Terri M.

    I seem to get 2-3 review requests every week. I state in at least two places that I do not accept review requests, but that doesn’t stop them from coming. I created a canned response that I drop in when I do get a request that pushes folks to my In the Spotlight feature.

    I just don’t have the time read all the books I have already got and I don’t have time to vet out random canned requests.
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    • Bec

      Wow, that’s a fair few! I get maybe one a month tops. You really think people would investigate before sending an email.

  10. Louise ✨

    I don’t accept review copies anymore because I don’t actually review books regularly anymore. But when I did I tended to turn down a lot of them because I made the sort of mistake of saying that I’m open to a lot of genres, which meant that most of the requests I got were for books I would just never pick up. Another reason is because there’s a lot of older releases that I want to read and because I’m reading them, I just never pay attention to newer releases unless it’s something I’ve been anticipating for a while.

    • Bec

      So many older books are waiting on my TBR in genres I love! I can only imagine how many you get with that open genre claim.

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