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.
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: