At this point, I don’t have a lot of visitors, and so I have the luxury of making this page available. If I get inundated, the form at the bottom will disappear or be otherwise disabled.
If you recommend a book here, this is what will happen.
- If it is neither science fiction nor fantasy, I will ignore it.
- If it is more than 3 months since it was published, I will ignore it.
- I will then read up on the book at the publisher’s page, the Amazon page, and generally check out what others have said about it. If it’s been universally panned elsewhere, or its existing reviews are extremely mediocre, don’t waste your time.
- I will still, however, read your comment on why you think I should read it – you have every chance of convincing me, that’s your opportunity. If it’s your own book, then just tell me it’s yours, I’m more than happy to provide both sales (well, one sale) and reviews to writers who produce stuff I like to read. Note the emphasis.
- If it looks like it might be interesting, I’ll put it on my to-read list.
Once that’s done, I generally intend to read it, but a few caveats remain.
First of all, I read the books I’m most excited about first, so things don’t disappear from the list in the same order that they appeared.
Second, I don’t have an infinite budget for buying books, so if it’s pricey and/or my enthusiasm is mediocre, it could stay on the list a long time before I read it, or it might just drop off the list as something I eventually decided I didn’t have time for. Apologies for that, I do read quite fast, but only in short bursts when I have the time (day job and all that).
Third, I don’t review everything I read. In particular, if I really don’t like a book, I often skip making a review (it might get mentioned in some other article, like “stuff I bounced off in the last 3 months”, but I’m not going to go out of my way to write a page-long analysis of something that I didn’t enjoy. I might let you know by email (no promises), but I see no upside to laying into a novel for the sake of it, or dissecting why something I didn’t enjoy had that effect on me. I also believe that highly negative comments about other people’s work on my website are a waste of space and unpleasant to boot – it’s a personal choice. I enjoyed reading everything you see in the “book reviews” category, even if I had some reservations in some cases, so the reviews published on my website will always have a positive bias to them, on average.
You can somewhat increase your chances of my reading a book by sending it to me (digitally or otherwise), to spare me the cost of buying it, but no guarantees. I just have an OCD-like urge to not have books on my shelves that I haven’t read, it offends my sense of order. The fact remains, however, that I like reading and I only have so much time for it, so reading time is a precious commodity to me. If you intend to send me something via my kindle by email, I need the email address you’ll send it from below so I can add it to my accepted sender’s list, and you’ll have to let me know that’s what you intend to do.
If, after all that, you still want to suggest a book, fill out the following form: