I haven’t done any end of year lists of favourite books read or best viewed blog posts but I did come across a rather alarming figure recently which explains a lot and which I thought I’d share. As some of you may know when not inhabiting the world of writing I fill my time doing various administration tasks for several companies and one of these is book-keeping.
Now much like the bare-footed cobbler’s children it takes my accountant calling me to say time is running out and deadlines are approaching like ominous clouds of doom rolling across the horizon before I actually get round to getting my own paperwork in order.
So having been given a stern talking to by said accountant I got on with it. One of the jobs was to provide a figure for all the books that I buy over the year for ‘research, education and marketing purposes’ (of course) and leaving the actual pound cost aside…ahem… it was the number of books that surprised me. For the financial year April 2014 to March 2015 I downloaded onto my kindle 269 books.
This figure does not take into consideration all the ‘extras’ I have bought at bookshops, fairs, writer events or that I have won via giveaways – they fill shelves elsewhere.
I knew my to-be-read list was…
…but this is a ridiculous number to have waiting to be read and reviewed.
Particularly when I get precious little reading time.
I haven’t looked at the number of books I’ve reviewed but at a rough guess I doubt it’s as many as one a week, so you do the maths.
It was interesting going through the list actually because it acted as a reminder of many books that I had forgotten about but on seeing them again I remembered that I really, really want to read them, so much so that my little heart leapt with joy to see them on there. On the other hand there were others I spotted that I wondered what the hell I was thinking and seriously questioned why they were on there at all – I’m hoping to be proven wrong as on my flick through I was purely judging on the cover (shows how important that is!) and I hope to find some gems in there to share with you at a later date (probably at a much later date!)
So, if you are an author and you know that I have your book but it appears I haven’t read it yet, let alone reviewed it, then this is why…269 folks!! And that is only from one year…
On the basis of finding this out I am going to be hanging back on buying more that is a certainty, because all of a sudden it feels a bit overwhelming.
On the subject of reviewing though, while I’m chatting about it I will say this. I am not a reviewer, just a reader who reviews what they read. I don’t accept books to review, so please don’t ask. I review every book I finish and that will be 3* and above and I put those reviews here on my site, on Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and Goodreads. I will not post reviews of 1 or 2 stars because if I was going to give them this rating then they I will not have finished them…life is too short and my reading time too precious for that.
I also review books for Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team so if you are an author who has found your way here and are looking for reviewers then this is the place to go. 🙂
And on that note I’d best go and finish my current read and get on with the couple of reviews that Rosie is expecting from me!