I never honestly thought my blog would get big enough to have to worry about unsolicited review books. I mean, I get e-mails from people asking me to review their books, but I got those the first week I started blogging too. So I figured that was just authors trying to get the word out about their book any way they could.
I’ve also gotten a book here and there from a Penguin imprint, that I never requested. But again, I figured that was because I’m on a list somewhere because I’m on the mailing list for Berkley Prime Crime and Obsidian.
But this year, I’ve started getting more books in the mail that I honestly am not sure how I got on the list for. And on the one hand, it’s awesome because more publishing contacts! But on the other hand, some of them have been books that I know are not in my genres. And while I’d love to review them in order to keep whatever new contact sent it to me, is it really a good idea to read a book that you know is going to end up a 2 Star (maaaybe a 3?) just to try to get a new publishing contact?
I think not. So usually I offer up the book to other blog friends. And if they take the book off my hands, yay win! Because it gets reviewed and that makes the publisher happy. And it doesn’t sit in my house and take up space, which makes me happy! *laughs*
But then there are books that no one I know wants. Either because they received a copy as well, or it’s not something they want to read either. In the case of finished copies, I hold onto those until after the publish date. And then I give them to my local library. When it’s an ARC, it ends up on a corner of my ‘get rid of’ shelf. Where it sits until either I have enough to feel like setting up a give away, or when no one wants it even in the give away (yes, that’s happened sadly…) then it just collects dust.
So those are my current ways. How do you deal with unsolicited review books? Do you read them no matter what? Do you send them off to friends? To your library? Use them for give aways? How often do you get them (if at all)?