Today's question: Early Reviewers- do you participate? How many books (approximately) have you received through the program? Have you liked them generally? What's your favorite ER book? Do you participate in the discussion group on LT?
Yes, I do participate in Early Reviewers. I joined the program in January, and since then I have received six books. Here's a list (click on the titles to read my full reviews)
- Bulls Island by Dorothea Benton Frank - In February, I received Bulls Island from LTER, and though I was thrilled just to get my first book, I was a little disappointed in the book itself.
- The Last Oracle by James Rollins - I was selected to receive The Last Oracle in March, and it was considerably more enjoyable than my February selection.
- The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton - In April, I got my third book in a row, The Wednesday Sisters. So far this has been my favorite of all the ER books I've received.
- The Richest Season by Maryann Mcfadden - For the fourth month in a row, I got a book from ER. May's book was The Richest Season, which wasn't particularly memorable.
- Forsaken by James David Jordan - After four straight months, I was passed over in June, but I got a Forsaken in July. This one was not bad in the beginning, but it lost me somewhere during the last half.
- The Charlemagne Pursut by Steve Berry - Again I was passed over in August (really 5 books in 6 months is a pretty solid record, so I wasn't surprised). I was surprised, though, when The Charlemagne Pursuit showed up at my house announcing that I'd gotten it through ER - apparently they had extra copies, and after the ER lottery was determined, an extra set were chosen, and I was a lucky recipient. I haven't read this one, but it's up pretty high on my list, and I'll be reviewing it soon.
I used to be pretty active in the LT ER group. Lately, though, I find myself much more likely to 'chat' in the ARC Junkies group, and I'm also more choosy about the books I request from the ER program. At the beginning I just thought the idea of getting a book in the mail (a free book in the mail!) was so cool that it hardly mattered what it was. Now, I'm far more selective. Of this month's pretty considerable batch, I think I requested 3 books. And, if I don't get one, I'm far less disappointed than I used to be. I know there are plenty of authors, publishers, and publicists out there who are in need of reviews.