Blogger vs. Reader – Books I REALLY want to read!


The above 10 novels are the books that I want to read right now!

They are calling my name and their voices are very LOUD!

The problem you ask?

Well… NONE of these are on my ‘for review’ TBR – which means that I have about 145 books to read BEFORE these lovely titles.

Also, although I own seven of them, two of these titles are not even available in Canada on Kindle! The one that is available, and that I don’t own, is on my Amazon wishlist as it was a bit pricey.

  1. The burning” by Jane Casey
  2.  “Anything you do say” by Gillian McAllister
  3. The house of birds” by Morgan McCarthy
  4. The house of spines” by Michael J. Malone
  5. Rubbernecker” by Belinda Bauer
  6. The trouble with goats and sheep” by Joanna Cannon
  7. The dry” by Jane Harper
  8. The mountain in my shoe” by Louise Beech
  9. The child finder” by Rene Denfeld
  10. Her dark retreat” by J.A. Baker

Only a bookworm/bookblogger could possibly understand my quandary. I know of one friend of mine that would say just leave the ‘for review’ books and read what is calling your heart. (but then, she is not a bookblogger)


A fellow book blogger summed it up nicely in this post:

Have YOU read any of the ten titles on my list?

How do YOU balance the tightrope that spans the divide between BLOGGER and READER?

About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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43 Responses to Blogger vs. Reader – Books I REALLY want to read!

  1. I have a few of those on my ‘want to read’ list also. I have read Belinda Bauer’s Rubbernecker and it is awesome! It is hard trying to juggle the TBRs with the ‘wants’. I am trying only to have two Netgalley books for review each week now. I don’t know how successful I am going to be, as I really am not good with being structured but am going to give it a good try.

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    • I wish you good luck with your attempt. Just when I get close to the 80% feedback, I either see a title I really want – or a publisher sends me a widget that I just can’t refuse… I’ve been standing at 77% for months now.

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  2. marypicken says:

    This is so familiar. I have The Dry, a Brookmyre, Val McDermids Insidious Intent and at least 2 John Connollys to Read alongside Eleanor Oliphant and a bunch of others. One day…..

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  3. Kris says:

    Lol, I don’t balance, I flounder. Honestly, I have to make the books I want to read the ones I’m going to review, otherwise #problems. How come none of these ten are to be reviewed?

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    • Oh Kris, they will be reviewed eventually as I MUST read them – and I review every book I read. My lengthy ‘TBR for review’ queue has just pushed them down the list temporarily. I have a strong ethic about honoring my review commitments first, then moving on to those titles I’ve added to my TBR without that commitment.

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  4. I have read The Child Finder, and really liked the writing style. I’ve decided to review only indie books on my blog; any others I write brief reviews on Goodreads. But then, I’m not really a “book blogger.” Can’t imagine having a huge pile of books I’m obliged to read and review.

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  5. I haven’t read any of those, but I think I understand the dilemma. I decided to scale back my expectations for what I will read for review. I am a small blogger in a small niche so if I stick to that niche the number of relevant requests is manageable.

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  6. readingbetweenwines says:

    I had to go over and read Lauren’s post after reading yours. SO DAMN GOOD. And I totally get it. Even though I’ve still so very new to blogging I can totally relate. 😭

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  7. Pragya says:

    I haven’t read any on your list. Yeah that was such a dilemma when I started out and all I read were books for review. But then I decided to slow it down a bit, read books I enjoyed and wanted to read and only request those that I really really really was interested in. 🙂 Good luck! I hope you get to those books.

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  8. Annie says:

    The trouble with goats and sheep”
    “The mountain in my shoe”

    These two ❤

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  9. I just read what I want! Maybe I’m doing this blogging thing all wrong! 😀

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  10. bibliobeth says:

    Oh dear! I know that tightrope so well! I ended up in a place where I wasn’t reading anything I wanted and got a bit disillusioned with the whole “blogger lifestyle.” Now I only accept books for review/blog tours if I’m really excited about them whilst I tackle the books on my shelves at home that I really want to read. 😄

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  11. You’ve reminded me I have two of those on my bookshelf and now I really really want to read them and not the book I need to finish and write a review for by TOMORROW for a blog tour! (Self-identifies as blogger) 😁😂

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  12. LisaD says:

    Yep, I have this struggle too. It’s especially hard when I’m not loving the book I’m reading that IS on my to review list but then I get something AMAZING that I want to read in the mail.

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  13. I hear you! When I first started blogging I completely overcommitted myself on review titles. It ended up with me having a hiatus as I was in a MAJOR reading slump. When I got back into the blog and relaunched earlier this year, I decided to be strict with myself about what I’ll take for review and realistic about how much time I do have to read and review. This has meant saying no to some things that have sounded really interesting but it does mean I still get to read according to my mood and that helps keep me reading. That all said, I still have an uncontrollable TBR and a small pile of review copies I need to get too!! 😳

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  14. Pretty sure we all know this struggle, ha.

    I always try to solve it by making sure that I switch between reading as a blogger and reading as a reader. After finishing an eARC, I often grab one of my own physical books and vice versa. Or if I’m in the mood for a particular genre, I’ll try my eARC’s first and see if there’s something there that fits my mood. It’s worked out so far and I hope it will going like that.
    If not.. Well.. I’ll see how I handle it when I get there. 🙂

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  15. Christine says:

    I get this. My solution was to stop blog tours and read what I want. Reading for pleasure is what its all about. It’s not a job afterall..

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  16. abbywd says:

    I completely understand the conundrum. It’s real!! I try to balance ARCs with my TBR list, and I love to alternate when I can. I have my eye on The Child Finder. I’m looking forward to your review.

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  17. I try to mix in one from my own TBR pile every few weeks. I am quite strict in the books I choose to review. I actually just read Rubbernecker over the past week – extremely good read if you can get round to reading.

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  18. annelogan17 says:

    You will love the Child Finder by Rene Denfeld!

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  19. FictionFan says:

    Loved The Burning, The Dry and Rubbernecker! I do still have that problem a bit, but I’m much stricter with myself about which books I take for review now. Still have too many calling my name though…

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  20. Cia Black says:

    I try to throw one of my personal books in after every 5 reviews. Whether the review is a ARC, NetGalley or new book. My personal TBR is long but slowly with this new processes it’s getting there. And to make my blogger happy I also review my personal choices.

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  21. I’m really interested in reading The Dry, too. I look forward to your review.

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  22. I’ve really enjoyed reading from my tbr pile and then here and here a review copy. I do want to read my wants overall before my need to’s!

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  23. I really enjoyed Goats and Sheep – her descriptions of this suburban setting have stayed with me. As a new blogger, I’m pretty much just reviewing *everything* I read. I’m going to take a fortnight off over Christmas to catch up on books I just want to ‘read’ read – the third Game of Thrones book, for example. I love them, but I don’t really know what I’d say about them!

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  24. You’re speaking to my soul with this post, I 100% relate! It’s super hard to find the balance, I think 5 or 6 review copies, then you can read a “personal” book. I think you have to mix in your own book or 1, you’ll never read them, and 2, it helps avoid a slump because you don’t feel like you’re “forced” to read.

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  25. sahmoun2778 says:

    I deliberately put a personal book at the top of my TBR after about 10 review books so I don’t get that “I never get to read what I want to read” feeling.

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  26. Marjorie says:

    I completely understand your dilemma. I always tell myself to stop requesting new books and read some of the ones that have slipped by but no, I’m so weak and I just keep requesting. I try to read the requested book according to publication date and if I have some that are not being published in a couple of months, I do sneak in another book that I don’t have to review. I just sneaked in “The Dry” and loved it!

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  27. I must admit to getting really picky in choosing books that I only really want to read. haven’t looked at my GR’s TBR list in awhile, but now must admit that a few of the blurbs that got me to download haven’t lived up to expectations, then i’m stuck. ack!

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  28. skyecaitlin says:

    Yes, I understand this dilemma!

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  29. I allowed this to happen some time ago and it almost put me off blogging completely. Now I have an absolute rule that I only accept review copies of books that I would have read anyway.

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  30. The struggle is real. I usually try to limit my for review books but fail miserably resulting in a huge stack of books I want to read but don’t have time for.

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  31. Zoe says:

    I know exactly what you mean. I keep telling myself I’m going to accept less review copies so I can read some of the books I actually want to read but somehow it never seems to happen! ☺️

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  32. That’s why I leave a set day for any books that I have read from my own personnel pile. Just so in between my review books I have a book that I read purely out of enjoyment (hopefully)

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  33. I have four on your list and two on the shelf to read – The Trouble with Goats and Sheep and The Dry

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  34. Margaret says:

    I’ve read The Burning – I enjoyed it very much! I’m also dying to read The Dry. I do understand your dilemma as it’s so difficult when you have books to review but really what you want to do is read that book that’s shouting ‘read me – now!!’ But as you have 145 review books to read I think I’d have to read one of them next – and then maybe treat yourself with one of the ones that are calling out to you.

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  35. Martie says:

    I totally get it. Great post.

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  36. Cathy says:

    I’ve read The Dry and loved it, got the follow up waiting on my kindle. I try and sneak one of my own reads in every so often (but don’t tell anyone 😉)

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  37. Omg, I’m going through the blogger vs reader quandary now. My TBR has so many books that need to be reviewed and several others that I want to read because I’ll love them. I’m trying to finish all the for-review ones as soon as possible so that I can get to my lovelies. 😁

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  38. Not very well tbh Lynne I have a continuously growing pile of ‘my own’ books that I really want to read but review pile has to come first!! I try & read one every 4/5 weeks….but not always the case!!! Blogger problems 😊

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  39. suzigun says:

    I can sympathise – I fancy reading a US-based police procedural next. Do you think I have one in the huge TBR pile… no, of course not!

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