Book (Blogging) Pet Peeves is a feature where I do a mini-rant about book blogging things that annoy me. Feel free to join in! Review requests are almost like a rite of passage for book bloggers. It doesn’t take long before you to start getting requests no matter how small the blog. I think I was blogging for a month before I got my first request. It’s awesome though because bloggers and authors can work together really well if they want to. I’m sure we all have had good experiences with authors.
What really annoys me are the weird requests. Even though I don’t accept many, I get a decent amount of review requests. For the most part, the books could generally be of interest to me. They’re either MG or YA books. Mostly likely fantasy or science fiction. I don’t accept them because they don’t totally interest me or they’re not “my” type of book (too high fantasy for me, etc). I appreciate those requests even though I don’t accept them. Then there are the really weird ones that don’t vaguely fit my blog. Just skimming through my recent emails here are some of the odd ones that stand out: Adult Thriller, Tween Self-Help, Adult Fiction set in India, Short Story Anthology of Miscellaneous Genres and Paranormal Romance. That’s only the stuff from the last month. I wish I could remember all the ones I’ve received since I started blogging because there have been some… peculiar ones.
My annoyance comes from the fact that the books clearly don’t fit my blog. Either the author (or the person emailing for them) is just flinging emails to the wall to see what sticks OR they read my policy, saw the book didn’t fit but felt their book was special or different, and sent the email anyway. I don’t like getting random emails so I made my policy as clear as possible. I know what I like and don’t like. They’re really just wasting their time because I’m not going to read the book. I know it’s a silly thing and other bloggers probably get weirder requests but it really annoys me!
What are your thoughts on the subject? Do you get really weird review requests?
Feel free to share some of your really bizarre requests!