When I first started blogging, I reviewed books from the library and books I had at home. Then slowly, authors and publishers started contacting me asking me if I was interested in reviewing a book. At first I felt like I should accept them all, but I quickly learned to politely say no to those books that didn't interest me.
Now that my blog has been around for a while, I've noticed something new-I've started getting random packages of books. These are books that I wasn't sent an inquiry about and just randomly were sent to me for review. Some of them come with a letter saying "I hope you will consider this book for review" and some don't have anything with them-just a package of books. I'm very excited to get these books, but I also find it overwhelming. I have a review schedule and a list of books to read and review this year and it's all organized by release date, when I got the book, how/why it was sent to me, etc. When I get these random packages, it adds to my already carefully planned review list. (I try not to take on more inquiries than I can handle-especially since I'm crazy busy outside of my blog!) I also find that often, they're not books I would typically be interested in reading.
I really want to review the books that I've been inquired about and accepted for review first. Sometimes I'll pass on these random books (especially if they're sequels to a book I have yet to read) to my teen library council at work. They love reading and reviewing books for me and I love getting their feedback. Other times I'll keep them in my review pile and try to get to them.
So I'm wondering-do you get random books and what do you with them? Do you add them to your regular review list or do you not review them? What are your thoughts on being sent random books-would you rather have an inquiry to go with it?
(P.S.-I hope this post doesn't sound like I'm ungrateful for receiving these books-I'm not! I'm just the type of person to have everything planned and scheduled and organized, so it throws me off when I get something that's unexpected.)