When I started this blog, I thought that I was a book blogger. After a few months of reading Sunday Salon posts, I realized that this blog resembles a book blog about as much as my personal blog (Straddling the Century Line) resembles a mommy blog. I read books and I blog about them, but I don't know much about blog tours and ARCs. I don't have publishers contacting me to ask me to review their books; I can't even get ARCs when I ask for them. That's OK, though. I don't have room for a bunch of extra books around here, anyway.
So what's with the title of this post? Well, there seems to be a kerfuffle that makes the rounds of the literary part of the blogosphere every so often about whether the reviews written by bloggers who receive ARCs are biased. I am not about to jump into that fracas, but it made me think that I may not have mentioned lately how I get my books. So here goes:
"I only read free books" means that 99% of my books come from my local library. The main exception to this is really old books that I've read online like Justine or Good Conduct Well Chastised. I've only received one ARC since this blog has been in existence, and I didn't even review it here; I gave feedback on Harper Collins' website (I didn't understand that they were giving away books to get advance buzz -- duh!).
When I originally started this blog, it was about me reading classics that I never read in high school or that I would have read in college had I gone. These older books are available at the library or online, so why buy them? I like reading the new hotness from time to time, but I find that I especially enjoy reviewing books after all the hype has cooled down. In my mind, I am helping readers (especially those living in Gaston County, the coverage area of my local library) to find good books that never got the mainstream buzz of the Harry Potter series.
I wonder if there is a badge for bloggers who only review library books?