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Top 10 Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From

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It’s Tuesday again so The Broke and the Bookish are hosting Top Ten Tuesday.

This week it’s Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From I’m using my Goodreads so not sure this is 100% correct, but more or less. Title links are for reviews. Most books read is first:

Enid Blyton

27 books read. It wasn’t until I started counting until I realised how many Enid Byton books I’ve read. All the Adventure series, all the Secret Seven, 1 Famous Five, 3 Twins at Saint Clare’s. Mostly borrowed from the library as a child. I feel  I should do better.

Jodi Picoult

25 books read. All her solo written books and kindle shorts except Wonder Woman and Leaving Home.

Jaqueline Wilson

21 books read. For a few years in junior school (and the beginning of secondary school) I read all of the Jaqueline Wlson books I could get my hands on. I may still have one somewhere, and I still want to call my child Lottie after The Lottie Project.

Roald Dahl

15 books read. Most of his children’s ones, as a child. I intend to try out his adult stories at some point

J.K. Rowling.

13 books read. All the Harry Potter’s plus Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages and Tales of Beedle the Bard. The Casual Vacancy and her books as Robert Galbraith.

Judy Blume

13 books read. A good chunk of her YA novels. I should really try one of her adult novels at some point.

Paula Danziger

13 books read. Around about the same time I was reading Judy Blume.

Noel Streatfeild.

13 books read. Again in childhood.

Jasper Fforde

10 books read. 7 Thursday Next, 2 Nursery Crimes, 1 Shades of Grey (when oh when will that second one come out!)He’s got a new one coming out next year too, a stand-alone novel, how exciting!

Charlaine Harris

19 books read. First 10 Sookie Stackhouse books. I was in a bookring on the Bookclub Forum, but it stopped at book 10 and I was never that bothered to seek out the last 3.

I think my list is pretty telling about how my reading habits have changed. When I was younger I used to find a book I liked then try and read everything by that author. Now I read more eclectically meaning that it’s only favourite authors who I keep returning too, or if I’m reading a series I will read a lot by one author











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What to do with old ARCs?

The other day Jennifer (from The Restless Reader) was asking on twitter what other bloggers do with ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) once they have read and reviewed them? It’s always something which I have been a little unsure about, meaning that the majority of my ARCs are sitting on my shelves still, and most of them I am unlikely to read again.

I have in the past bookcrossed old ARC copies. It seems to be a pretty good solution to me. It’s sharing bookish love but means that you’re more likely to get someone who would not buy the book if they didn’t find it. Pretty much anyone can pick it up, and in a way that’s a sort of promotion of the author, and seeing as you’re meant to pass bookcrossing books on they may still buy the book if they enjoyed it.

Then there’s the rather popular blogger option of having an ARC giveaway. It’s not one I’ve ever done myself, mainly because of postage, I find it easier to just giveaway new books from the book depository. I can see the appeal though. It stands as a bit of a promotion for your blog (I tend to get more hits when I’m hosting a giveaway at least), and it’s again sharing the bookish love. Plus it’s fairly likely that whoever wins the book is a fellow blogger, so that could mean another review for the author.

Another option is to give them to a charity shop. However ARCs are never intended for selling, and although you wouldn’t benefit from it in monetry terms the charity would, which makes it a bit like selling the book on. It’s more acceptable than selling the book for your own gain because all books come to charity shops free of charge, whereas you’re ‘payment’ for the review is supposedly the book itself.

Then there are swapping options. Things like bookmooch, and read-it swap-it. Again you’re getting a sort of payment for this in the form of other books to read.

So what do you guys do with old ARCs? If you’re an author/publisher what would you like to see happen with ARCs?


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On review requests and approaching the blogger

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I have been meaning to write this musing post for quite a while but somehow haven’t got around to it.

Anyway since getting my kindle I have been getting an increasing number of requests for reviews, understandably seeing as it’s much easier and cheaper to send a digital copy of a book than a paper copy.

This has made me see the different ways authors, publicists and publishers approach a blogger. Part of it I know is that sending an e-mail (especially to a person rather than a company) doesn’t really have a set format. It tends to be less formal than a letter but how informal should it be in order to still be professional. I must admit as a blogger I prefer a more chatty friendly approach, but I’m sure there are bloggers who don’t want o be treated like a friend.

Anyway this isn’t meant to be a post about e-mail etiquette. It’s about the pitfalls and successes of people who approach bloggers. I guess you could call it a bit of a how to guide.

Good Stuff to do:

  • Read the review policy: This is the most important one. I can’t count the number of times I was asked to read an e-book before I got my kindle. It’s a waste of everybody’s time if you are pitching a book a blogger has said it of the type they won’t, or can’t, read.
  • Address the blogger by name: My name is right at the top of my blog but it’s not so easy for everyone. If it’s not easily visible a few places you can look are at the tops and bottoms of posts, about me sections, and the sidebar (blogger blogs tend to have a little blogger profile in the sidebar in particular). If all else fails refer to them as owner of ‘blog name’. Just calling me blogger (or even worse webmaster) suggests that the only way you’ve looked at my blog at all is to find my e-mail address.
  • Tell the blogger about your book: just a simple synopsis will do. Saying ‘hi I have a book will you read it if I send it to you’ won’t get you many reviews. Most bloggers won’t accept every request and if you give no information about the book you won’t make the cut. If you want to put more information it’s nice but not essential. Do tell us if there is a date you’d like us to review the book by, most bloggers will try and do this for you but do give them a chance to actually read it! (Note sending an e-copy with your initial e-mail is a little conceited, it’s like you expect the blogger to say yes).
  • Offer to give interviews, write guest posts, or giveaway copies: not an essential one but sometimes it’s nice to have extra information on the book, or writing, for the blog’s readers. It’s a good way to engage your readers too. I always feel an author who is ready to talk really cares for their readers.

Things to Avoid

  • Adverts: I’m not an advertiser. Maybe you do have a book out but unless I have a history with your books, or have read the book prior to release I’m sorry but I’m not going to start shouting about it just because you’ve told me it’s out.
  • Expecting a good review: unfortunately opinions are subjective, just because you have had good reviews it doesn’t mean everyone is going to like your book. I can understand authors getting upset about negative reviews, I know time, and feeling and effort has gone into it, but unfortunately by putting yourself out there you are going to encounter people who don’t like it.


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