I used to participate regularly in In My Mailbox. But lately, I've stopped posting this meme for a couple of reasons.
-I somtimes feel that In My Mailbox is a bit show-offy. I like how I see what people are getting and what's really being promoted, but for me, I don't want to appear as though I'm bragging about what books I got. So at times I had a hard time posting my mailbox posts. It didn't bother me as much if it was library books or books I bought, but I kind of disliked showing the books I was mailed-either by request or not. It just felt a bit selfish to show off advanced reader copies. Because that's not what blogging is about for me-who got the most coveted ARC. Blogging isn't about ARCs and making people jealous, it's about sharing books. I felt like showing off a pile of ARCs was a bit like saying "look, I'm cooler than you" and I really hated that. I know not everyone feels that way and some people really like mailbox posts and that's fine. I'm not saying all bloggers who post mailbox posts are trying to show off, but it just wasn't for me. I do like from a librarian standpoint seeing what books are being marketed and sent-in some ways it can give me an idea of what publishers are trying to build up buzz for. But it wasn't working for me personally.
Since I haven't bought many books recently, I haven't had much to post. And so often I check out books from the library only to have them sit on my shelf and I don't get to them. So then I would never review them because I never read them. Other people have mentioned they don't feel that way about mailbox posts, so maybe it's just me.
-The other, bigger reason was that I knew my work on the Printz Committee was coming up next year and I knew once committee work started, I'd be getting A LOT of books in the mail. And these are titles I won't be able to share or talk about. So I couldn't post about them anyway. So I decided to go ahead and phase out the In My Mailbox posts now.
But I still want something to post on Sundays. A review of posts from that week? Picture book review day or a day I can post my storytime plans from the previous week? I'm open to suggestions! I'd love a new Sunday post idea so let me know what sort of post you'd be interested in seeing.