What do we owe publishers and authors?
If we accept ARC’s do we “owe” anything to them or just an honest review to our followers? As book bloggers are we obligated to do more than just review books? Post covers – participate in book tours – host guest posts – promote authors?
I think that accepting an ARC means you should provide an honest review, but since life gets in the way for all of us and book blogging is not our source of income, I don’t think you are obligated to review it if you can’t get to it before release date. Just try your best and don’t let the stress get to you. Also, don’t accept more ARCs than you can read. That’s just fair, methinks. Of course, I’ve accepted some in the past and was not able to read them in time for release, but I’ve let go of that guilt.
As far as book blogging goes, I think your book blog should be what you want it to be. There are no rules. If you want to do nothing but cover releases, do it. If you want to highlight all book trailers, fine. If you only want to post reviews or participate in memes or just review audiobooks – GREAT. Do what you want to do. This is your hobby. If you bring your personality and creativity, they will come and enjoy.
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