A Reader's Respite is supposed to be posting a book review right now. We spent the entire afternoon blending the perfect combination of wit and literary criticism, expending considerable brain power (not to scoffed at around here), and was just about ready to hit the POST button when....
....we discovered that this very same book has been reviewed on no less than a dozen or so other book blogs in the past week.
Now we all know that when an author or publicist wants to generate a little buzz for their book, all they have to do is send out a bazillion copies to the book blogging world.
And it's a great system. Really, we love generating buzz. We're just not so crazy about seeing the same book reviewed on twenty different blogs all within a few days of each other.
But we don't live in a bubble, either. Like it or not, we are a part of that larger book blogging community.
So we were pondering stuff. Like how to avoid this problem in the future. After all, when a book blogger is contacted about reviewing a book, we seldom (if ever) ask how many other book bloggers are receiving that very same book at the very same time?
In short, A Reader's Respite is starting to feel the weight of responsibility to our readers. The responsibility to provide reviews of books you may not have known about, rather than the latest hit coming down the pike.
Now this doesn't mean that we won't occasionally accept a review copy. A Reader's Respite reserves the right to participate in a blog tour if we feel the book is especially deserving (like the Daphne du Maurier hype right now ---- reprinting her old books is just too cool to ignore!).
And over the next month or so, readers will see reviews of newer books as we wrap up the review commitments we have made.
But beginning around July, you won't be reading about the newest "in" book around this joint. Hopefully, you'll stick around to read reviews of books you might not otherwise have noticed!
What think you?