I don't know if I've ever wrote a post about blog tours on this blog before but I know I have mentioned how time consuming they can be - IF I go crazy and pick all that I can possibly want. It's like NetGalley with me. I pick as much as I can and then I fall short or take forever to read and review the book. I've missed a couple of blog tours or have done them late before because I always pick them on the wrong day. I don't know the future. I don't know what it holds for me and yet I've picked 10 books to read in two months. Thankfully, I've learned my lesson to not go absolutely crazy signing up for blog tours that are on the exact same month. Although, it seems I have a new lesson to learn.
I must learn to read and write the review of a blog tour book well before I have to post it. I've become a tiny bit better by reading or listening to a book a day or two before I have to write the review. Sometimes I'm even finishing off the book in the morning before I write my review. MISTAKE! Things come up easily in my life apparently especially classes. If I have classes I will have to wait until I get back to my house to write my review and that's not what's supposed to happen. Also, I never know what my parents have planned. There could be a birthday party I have to go to and I'll be gone most of the day while I'm silently beating myself up by not writing the review earlier.
So there are a couple of things I need to have in my mind from now on when I am asked to do a blog tour:
Are you 100% sure you want to read this book?
There are a lot of books that pique my interest but I've learned that sometimes they are just no good. I hardly rate stars a two on Goodreads but I've been noticing I did so a good many times this year with blog tour books. I need to analyze these books more. I need to check if other people like them, if there are any complaints about parts of the book, if there is a sneak peek of it out there, and making sure the premise makes me more than happy to read it right then.
Do you even have time for this?
Scheduling is a big problem for me with blog tour books. Like I said before you don't know what is going to happen in the future. You'd think I would just say to these blog tour hosts that I can't do it. But, I usually wait to the last minute to do so. Also, I do really want to read these books. I picked them for a reason after all. Anyways it doesn't really matter what time I pick (unless it's finals week or something) as long as I read the book well in advance AND write the review. The thing with me is I over schedule. Books pop up that look really enticing but sometimes it's just too much and I need to realize that. I need to be more conscious of these blog tours and remember there are people who count on me to post my review or any other type of post.
Saying all that I've done a lot of blog tours right on time. I just have been late on the last couple of ones I've done so I'm not really happy with myself about that. I don't have any blog tours planned for the rest of the year except maybe one blog blitz that looks really good. I've been planning a couple of blog tours for next year already and I've been thinking about those a lot lately. I've tried to make sure they are spaced out enough so I don't get overwhelmed. I've done all of the above to make sure I'll be ready for those books and I'm pretty confident I got it handled. Do you have some of the same problems I do with blog tours? Do you over schedule yourself or has the book you wanted to read so badly turned out to be a dud?