So there have been some interesting posts lately about blogging, free books, ARCs and what do you accept. I got this idea from Books are Life. I've been looking through my In My Mailbox posts and even though I post a lot of books at times, I don't have reviews for all of them (yet). So I thought I'd give you an idea of how I organize my TBR pile and I'd love to hear how everyone else does theirs.
First up in my pile are books that are sent to me for review, either from the author, publisher or TeensReadToo.com These are the books that I pull from first. I try to read them in order recieved and by the time they are released, but there are times I get really excited about a book or I know the author is looking for some early buzz, so I'll read those sooner. I do try and put my TRT books before others, because that is a professional site, and not just my personal blog, but I'll switch between and read one for TRT and then the next for my blog.
After that comes books I buy or get from the library. Sometimes I get ARCs through the library. Just because these are ARCs, they have to come second in my pile, because I've promised reviews on the other books first. There are times that I will move a library book up and finish it quickly because it's due and there's a big hold list so I know it will be awhile before I get it back. And sometimes I just really need to read something light and fun.
I think in my future mailbox posts I will put a disclaimer with library books that a review is not guaranteed. There have been many many times I've posted that I checked out a book, but then had to return it because I just didn't get a chance to read it. But I like talking about the books, so I don't want to stop posting them, and I love reading comments on what people have read and enjoyed. It's really hard to limit my library check out since I'm around new books every day, but maybe I need to! :)
I have a couple of sources that send me ARCs, but most of what I review are books from the library or ones I've bought. I will accept books from authors and publishers, but only if I have time to read it and it sounds like something I'd like. Some bloggers were talking about canned e-mails, and while I haven't gotten any of those, I have gotten onto some e-mail list for books review books that I am not interested in at all! When that happens, I reply with a professional and honest e-mail explaining that while I'm glad they are interested in my blog, I don't read that type of book/don't have time, whatever my reason for not reviewing the book.
I just wanted to clarify how my TBR pile works. Even though there are books that get snuck in there, I try my best to stick to this order. But if Catching Fire were to magically appear on my desk one day, that would totally jump ahead in the pile! :)