The imperial federal government has unconstitutionally mandated that bloggers who review books must say where they get the books.
I get most of them at the bookstore or from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s and other online sites. Like you, I pay for these books.
I get other books via mail and e-mail from small presses and authors who have asked if I’d be interested in reviewing the books. These books are free. My only obligation is to read them and then write a review.
In either case, a large percentage of my reviews are of small press books simply because–as a small press author–I see that we have an uphill battle getting any publicity whatsoever when contrasted with the authors from big publishers with big promotion budgets. My reviews are skewed more toward the positive because (a) I am not a book critic, and (b) I tend to read books I think I will enjoy rather than working for a newspaper or magazine that requires me to read books that I might otherwise have no interest in.
I am not compensated for any of my reviews. Some say the free book, when there’s one involved, is compensation. Most of the people who say that (including the feds) have no clue how many hours of work it takes to read a book and then write a review. Suffice it to say, the monetary value of the book is far less than the amount a freelance writer would bill a client if he were receiving true compensation for his time.
I enjoy reading and I enjoy posting reviews about books I like. That’s the long and the short of it.
2011 Review Copies: Razor’s Revenge, Snare, kiDNApped, Snakes, After the Jug Was Broken, Adagio & Lamentation, The Butterfly’s Kingdom, The Witch of Babylon, Mister Blue, The Devil’s Elixir, and Cinder (Cinder was reviewed on Sarabande’s Journey)
2012 Review Copies: The Infernal Republic, The History of My Body, Identity: Lost, 99 Girdles on the Wall, This Mobius Strip of Ifs (Reviewed on POD Book Reviews & More), Should I Not Return, The Storyteller’s Bracelet, The Divine Comics, The Subversive Harry Potter, Goatsong, Alexander’s Lighthouse, The K Street Affair. My reviews appear on this blog as well as on Literary Aficionado.
2013 Review Copies: Handover, The Woman of Porto Pim (reviewed at Literary Aficionado), Crescendo, The Faust Woman Poems and The Book of Now (both reviewed at Literary Aficionado), Bitter Orange, The Best of Glacier National Park, Glacier Park Lodge: Celebrating 100 Years, Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things, On the Doorstep of the Castle (reviewed on Literary Aficionado), A Certain Kind of Freedom (reviewed on Literary Aficionado and on the Midwest Book Review)
2014 Review Copies: Firelight of a Different Colour, Danny’s Grace (reviewed on Literary Aficionado), Suicide Supper Club, Magic of the Sacred Lakes (reviewed on Literary Aficionado), Speaking in Forked Tongues, Poems for Ophelia (reviewed on Literary Aficionado), Parallax Groove, Summer of the Long Knives, The Kingdom of the Sun and Moon.
2015 Review Copies: Causing Chaos.
2016 Review Copies: The Rabbi, the Goddess, and Jung (reviewed on Literary Aficionado).
2017 Review Copies: White Tears, Parade of Horribles, Missing Star