There have been times where it has stressed me out so much I've considered stopping blogging (I could never bring myself to do that, though. I love blogging far too much.) Truthfully, getting books to review from publishers is an honour, and I'm so grateful to receive them. I'll never be able to thank them enough. But that doesn't stop bloggers getting stressed about it from time to time!
Back in March, I decided to go on Twitter (I say "go" - I'm always on there) and ask if anyone actually reviews all of the books they get, whether they're from publishers or if they've bought them. I've included the responses in this post because they made me feel a lot better and I thought they might reassure others who are in the same situation.
@MileLongBookS The latter. There is not enough time to keep up with them all. Especially unsolicited ones.— Debbie (@SnugglingonSofa) March 2, 2014
@sophie_waters @SnugglingonSofa @MileLongBookS If I specifically ask for something I'll read and review but otherwise - I'd have no chance!— Jesse Owen (@jesserowen) March 2, 2014
@MileLongBookS @sophie_waters One day I might get round to it. And even posting it in hauls and top tens etc give it visibility— Debbie (@SnugglingonSofa) March 2, 2014
@SnugglingonSofa @MileLongBookS Definitely the latter. There's no way I could read everythign I get sent. If I specifically request...— Sophie Waters (@sophie_waters) March 2, 2014
— Sophie Waters (@sophie_waters) March 2, 2014
Hopefully they'll help reassure anyone else struggling with an infinite TBR realise that it's okay - you don't have to read and review everything! That would be impossible... I wish it was possible, though. We're doing publishers and authors a favour, but we're not obliged to read everything we're sent - this is not our job, after all. I'd particularly like to point out Debbie's tweet about how even just including a book in your haul gets it publicity, whether you end up reviewing it or not. That's better than nothing, right?
What about you? Do you try to read all of your review books? How do you cope?