Saturday, 1 September 2012

Review Copy Cleanup: Wrap Up

Well, August is over already so lets have a look at how well I did with Review Copy Cleanup. My goal was to read 10 review books and I managed to read and review 10 books. Result! I also squeezed in The Explorer by James Smythe. So that's 11 review books down, not that many were overdue ones...but more on that later. Here are the 10 (click cover to read review):

So I also farmed out a few of my older review copies to my fabulous guest reviewers, Jo and Bex. Jo reviewed Booker longlisted The Garden of Evening Mists and Bex reviewed both Slash and Burn and The Humorist (review to follow).

Finally, I binned off two books that weren't working for me. I think this is important to do even if it's a book you've received for review. Our time is precious and better spent reading books that are right for us. If you think you might like either of these books more than me, I am happy to send on to UK guest reviewers.

So September is now designated Me Month. I'm going to be reading what I fancy, when I fancy. Which doesn't mean to say there will be no review books but I'm not going to be reading to any perceived deadlines. Publishers, never fear, any books in my posession will go back on the review pile for October.


  1. Wow, you did so well! With so much going on here at the moment, I think I was lucky just to hit my target of two! Oh well... I'd better zip off and read a few of your reviews - there are a fair few of those books on my wishlist so I'll be interested to see what you thought! Congratulations! :)

  2. That's a lot of reading and reviewing accomplished--I'm glad you're taking the next month to read for yourself. Now I'm off to read your review of The Dog Stars, which was my favorite book this year.

  3. That is quite a list. I wish I had done as well. Good job. :-)

  4. Do you feel relieved now that you've read your pile of review copies? :) You should be proud of accomplishing so many! And now on to enjoy a month of whatever catches your fancy book-wise :D

    1. The review piles appears to be self-populating. Still as many books on it as when I started! But good to get some of the lingering ones out the way.


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