Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Book Blogger Buzz Tour! Reading for Enjoyment vs. Reading for Reviews by MamaJo from Mama Kitty Reviews! Win a Kindle Fire!

Happy Tuesday!


Welcome to The Book Blogger Buzz Tour! The Book Blogger Buzz Tour is organized by Rachel from Parajunkee.com and there are many wonderful blogs participating who each will share their thoughts on quite interesting topics! Follow the tour and I promise, if you are fan of reading and blogging, you won't be disappointed! There is also giveaway, where you can win a Kindle!!!!



Today, Me and Reading is hosting Mama Jo from Mama Kitty Reviews blog. She will be discussing Reading for Enjoyment vs. Reading for Reviewing - a very interesting topic in my opnion!

Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to Mama Jo!



Reading for Enjoyment vs. Reading for Reviewing


Thank you so much for hosting my on Me and Reading!

I started out reviewing books because I wanted to tell everyone about the books I read and loved.  So when one of the review sites I follow sent out a call for reviewers, I jumped at the chance to have another venue to share my love.  That didn't work out quite the way I had planned.  


At first, I just reviewed books I had already bought and hadn't read yet and that was working well for me I was happy and life was good.  Then I realized that I was starting to get behind on review books. O_o How did this happen, it’s only been two weeks and I’m already behind?!? **Queue panic attack** Some of the books that I received weren’t books I would have normally chosen to read which I though could be a good thing, you know try something new find new authors I’ll love, that kind of thing.  Oh boy, was I in for a whole new experience. 


Don’t get me wrong, I have found some great new authors and have broadened my reading horizons.  Not all of these books were gems though L  I did start to notice after about six months that I was keeping up with the review books, but not reading the next installment of my favorite series or the newest book from my favorite authors.  I read roughly five novels a week (and have for years), but I was noticing that I actually was reading less and less because I needed time to put the book aside and write a review.  I don’t believe in just saying, “I love this book, buy it now” or “I hated this book and you should too”.  I try to tell you what I loved/hated and why.  What draws me into the story or pulls me out of it.  Another thing that takes time is going and pulling book info (blurb, cover art, buy links), you’d be surprised how many publicists don’t include that with the book.


This brought on “The Slump”.  I stopped accepting requests all together, and took a break at about eight months into my reviewing.  Which was a difficult time for me, because I truly love to read and I genuinely like telling others about books.  What did I do?  I talked to other bloggers and reviewers through email, twitter, and facebook.  I asked advice and just talked about how I was feeling and what I wanted out of being a reviewer/blogger.  The book blogging community is wonderful and makes the best support group in the world (at least for me).


Now I’m at the 2.5 year mark and I have a pretty good system.  I request books that I want to read and make a rule with myself to take at least two out of my “cozy reading parameters”, (books I’m sure I’ll at least like), per month.  It does help that I am only taking limited review requests.  I feel bad about being picky, but this way I am able to read for enjoyment and for review while providing a fair and honest review for my followers. 


I still receive unsolicited contact, sometimes books are included, sometimes even NetGalley widgets.  I have a standard, “I’m not taking new requests at this time, but If I do review the book I will send you a link to the post”, reply. 

Thanks again for having me on your site and I look forward to following the rest of the Book Blogger Buzz Tour!

MamaJo is a working wife and mother of two that is rarely seen without a book in her hand. She started reading horror novels in elementary school and from there has read some of everything.  Her favorite genres are horror, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, suspense, and romantic suspense.  You will also catch her with a contemporary or an historical romance at least once a month to "cleanse her reading palate".

MamaJo's reading preferences include UF, PNR, Suspense, Horror, Contemp, HR, M/F, M/M, and erotica.  You can find her on twitter: @kindlejo_jo





Thank you MamaJo for coming by! I do understand the challenges for reviewing for enjoyment vs. reading for reviewing. I also do review the books I'm reading for fun. Not all of them, I do prioritize because writing reviews is time consuming.

What about you, dear blogger and reader?



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Follow the Tour:

July Buzz Tour Schedule


Topic: Ten reasons you CAN'T read and you are dying on the inside.
Topic: Organization tips and tricks
Topic: Books you feel need more attention. A top ten list. Tell why you think they need to be read by everyone.
Topic: Rant: Things you wish others would stop "judging" other book bloggers on
Topic: You've been asked to write a short story starring a gnome character, what would the gnome be named and how would the story go?
Topic: What last books in a trilogy or series do you wish you had never read? Why?
Topic: Your Favorite Blogger Moment. Recount it.
Topic: What are those wonderful things you see in other blogger's reviews and think are wonderful? Or what do you like to see in other blogger's reviews?
Topic: Your Biggest Blogger Fail. Recount it.
Topic: Are you creative or just depressed? A mental survival guide for bloggers.
Topic: After Fifty Shades. What's the next big thing?
Topic: What trends do you hope are popular next in Romance/Erotica?
Topic: What trends do you want to see next in book blogging?
Topic: Audiobooks vs. ...regular books?
Topic: Hardcover vs. Paperback
Topic: Rant: Things you wish other book bloggers would stop doing
Topic: My favorite animals to read about in fiction - or my favorite paranormal shifter characters and why.
  • 07/31/14
    Harlequin Junkie appearing on Janelle Reads
    Topic: Dealing with your first negative review from an author you've enjoyed connecting with on social networks.

28 comments:

  1. It happened something very similar to me. I discovered new genres and authors, but at the end I decided to not compromise anymore to read books for reviews and read only the books I want. I still request some at NetGalley and sometimes accept a book to review but almost never.... I always felt guilty if I don't like the book and don't want to finish it. I don't have a lot of time to read so I want to use that time reading what I really enjoy!

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  2. I only accept books that I believe I will enjoy. I started out taking anything but quickly got burnt out so now I limit what I read.

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    1. Thank you for coming by, Steph! I also accept books, which I believe that I will like!

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  3. Great post. I went through a similar things and it killed blogging for me for a while. Now I only read what I like and I only post reviews on books that snared me – for good or for bad! Thanks for the post.

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    1. Thank you for coming by Gwynn! I have also experienced it. Now I'm just very picky when choosing which books to review.

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  4. I've experienced this same exact type of feeling. Luckily I have a broad range of "comfort" books - so I get a good bit of books I really want to read. I only step out of the comfort zone every now and again because I really hate writing negative reviews. And going into an unknown, unsolicited, especially Indie books has a high probability of me not liking it. But, then sometimes I'm really surprised. I like surprises.

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    1. Thank you for coming by PJ! I like to change between genres, also when reviewing. As for indie books, there are many really good indie authors out there! I have started reading more and more of them. I believe there won't be any difference between the authors, no division into indies and traditional authors. Already now there many cross-publishing authors doing successfully both.

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  5. I like all genre so i read a big selection.

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  6. Great post! I definitely agree. I've stopped taking review requests because I want to read the books *I* want to read, not the books thrown at me by random strangers desperate for attention. That's how it seems sometimes, unfortunately. I've been much happier on the blog just reviewing what I want and blogging about other bookish things than just reviews.

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  7. I can relate to the topic. I have had periods during my blogging history, when I have taken a break from accepting the review copies. But I have to admit, that I have found a balance between these two things.

    I have accepted books for reviewing which I knew I wanted to read and review and I think that's fun! Combining two different things! This keeps blogging fun for me! I also know from which publishers I am accepting which types of genres to make sure, that I don't lose the motivation.

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  8. That is why I could never be a Reviewer. I do post reviews, but just one or two sentences. Not proper reviews at all. I read for me.

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    1. Mary, a review is a review, no matter how short or long. I have a tendency to write too long reviews. :) Thanks for coming by!

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  9. I have been having some serious vision problems and horrible migraines too often to be able to read a lot, so I rarely write reviews anymore. I do, however, try to post a short one if I finish the book on Amazon and Goodreads. I will not post anything or give it any type of rating, if I think it is under three stars. Just because there was something about a book I will not leave anything harmful to an author's sales. The next people to read it might love it, so it is better in my opinion, "If you have nothing good to say, say nothing at all."

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    1. Hi Kimberly! I think that no matter what the rating, then the review should be respectful and to the point. Thanks for coming by!

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  10. I never review for ARCs and what not. I review the books I want to read. I feel that when I stop reading and reviewing what I want in the time frame I want then blogging just isn't fun anymore. It was fun getting to know Mama Jo.

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Angela!
      You are right, blogging should be fun!

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  11. And that is why I do not take books for review! I'm a slow reader as it is, so it just would not work. On the rare instances I do take a book for review, I sometimes get that panicky feeling. Maybe I have committment issues. I do love your response though with the unsolicited books. I may have to borrow that.

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    1. I have learned to say no. It's hard sometimes. But if you receive 10 review requests per day, then saying no is a must. Thanks for coming by!

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  12. Great post! I have way too many books to read and review, and even though I can read a book and write the review typically all in one day, it still gets overwhelming with all of the awesome books out there. I try my hardest to limit my review books. Some weeks are better than others. But I do let authors/publishers know that if a date is not required/and approved by me then it will take me multiple months to get the review posted.

    I am already scheduling reviews for september.

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    1. I like your approach! I usually do the same. I wonder how many reviews do you schedule usually per month?

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  13. I have thought of doing a review blog because I am a speed reader so I read at least one book a day. But then I was afraid of getting in over my head because I see so many posts by other reviewers how far behind they are. Plus I had no clue how to get into reviewing really.

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    1. Madonna, I also speed read, but writing reviews can be time consuming. I definitely read faster than I write reviews. But it's also a lot of fun!

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  14. Yes, sometimes I do not have time to write a review or I don't know why I can express myself when i'm trying to write it and is so frustrating :( and with school and homework I decided to read for me for a while :D

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  15. I don't accept ARCs anymore because it was too stressful. I just read whatever I want, even though the TBR list is stressful in itself. I usually just review books whenever I feel like it, no matter when I read them. As long as I can remember how I felt about them at the time. Lately, I have decided to just write a review as I think about my feelings towards it, then I edit later. It's been working and I've gotten more done!

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  16. That's a great post! Well, the truth is I don't take books to review. Firstly, I'm a slow reader and secondly, I find it hard when I try to express myself and set my thoughts down. Nevertheless, I do post reviews from time to time for books I've enjoyed reading but these reviews are only brief comments. :)

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