Piles of books. Many piles of books. If you begin to do a lot of book reviews, you get a lot of books.
Let me describe the piles:
- One foot to the left of me is a pile of 13 unread books. After I finish reading a book, and put it into the “Write about,” or “Maybe write about” piles, I choose a book from the pile to read. Whatever seems most interesting I read next.
- Two feet to my right is the “Write about” pile. You will see those written up here. There are six books there.
- Three feet to my left are two piles of about 25 books each of books that I have reviewed, or rejected. Mostly, they have been reviewed.
- Five feet to my left are 23 books that I have fully read but will not review. I hand out unfavorable reviews rarely. Roughly half of the books are okay, but they are nothing great. The rest are harmful, boring, etc.
- 30 feet behind me, in my bedroom, I have a whole bookcase holding books that I have reviewed.
When I started writing at Aleph Blog, I had no intention of doing a lot of book reviews. It has worked out to be 9% of all of my posts, which is pretty significant. I never dreamed that I would be a highly-ranked reviewer at Amazon.com — I’m in the top 2000, and I appreciate what votes my readers give me.
I get books four ways:
- They come unsolicited.
- The publisher contacts me, and asks me if I want a given book.
- I ask the publisher for a book, and they send it to me.
- I add books to my Amazon wish list, and buy them when my kids have a small order, in order to get free shipping.
Which brings up pile six, two feet to the left of me, books that I have purchased, but I have not read. This competes with pile one. I try to read the most interesting book at my disposal so that I can write the most useful stuff for my readers.
If I think of more, I will write a second part to this post, but that is all for now.