So You Think You Want to Be a Reviewer?

Lynn: Make no mistake, I love writing Bookends. I love getting to read the fabulous new books that we get sent by generous publishers. Cindy and I are lucky people.

But for all of you out there who think that you, too, would like to be book reviewers, I feel honor bound to point out that there is an occasional downside. I was recently away on vacation for a mere 17 days, and THIS is what was waiting for me on my return. Yup, I had a little reading waiting for me.

Cindy: Every day is like my birthday when I come home to new books, but seeing them all accumulated like Lynn shares here reminds me that I need to do something really nice for my mail and package delivery folks again. I once told the UPS regular delivery guy that I was not addicted to television shopping networks. I explained that I reviewed books and apologized for the heavy lifting he had to do. I told him my work was reading them. His reply: “Better you than MY wife.” She doesn’t know what she is missing! We just started the 18th year of our “BBYA” book club at school and our teen reviewers say thank you to the publishers, too!

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About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

2 Comments on "So You Think You Want to Be a Reviewer?"

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  1. tpilate@placer.ca.gov' Terri Pilate says:

    Are you all fast readers? That many books coming in as ARCs after only 17 days would stop me in my tracks! I would love to be a reviewer but have decided that I just don’t read fast enough and hate reading books I don’t like after 50-100 pages.

    I thank you as a Collection Management Librarian!!! You really help me at my job!

  2. bakerjennyr@gmail.com' Jenny says:

    You’re so lucky that you receive all of these lovely ARCs! I was a book blogger for three years on my own website, but I never developed a following. Publishers never sent me ARCs, but occasionally I received digital ARCs from Netgalley. Sometimes they turned me down, because my stats weren’t high enough. I wish my blog did as well as yours and I could receive mountains of ARCs like you!

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