Just in case you’re wondering, yes, I DO spend too much time with TLC on in the background on the days I’m home with Daniel and, yes, I WAS thinking of “Say Yes to the Dress” when I named this post. I’m aware mine doesn’t rhyme as well, but I’ve made my peace with that.
So I’m pretty much fresh off of a month of BLOB (a book ban acquisition game) and, after an initial buying spree, I’m actually doing much better resisting books now than I was before. I’m trying to reevaluate what I request, what pitches I accept, what I buy, even what I borrow from the library; I’m trying to learn how to keep this who thing manageable.
To do this, though, I have to think most about what it is that I accept, and why I accept it. I don’t mean about what my review policy says because, honestly, I don’t usually stick to that, I end up being much less strict than my policy states “oh, I’ll just make an exception for this book…” and so on. I could sit by myself and analyze the choices I have made and why, but that doesn’t sound that fun. Instead, I want to know why YOU say ‘yes’ to a book.
As I see it right now, there are two main parts to this question:
1) What are some hallmarks of a book you know you want to read?
2) What makes you decide to accept a book which may or may not line up with your idea of the perfect book?