So, here's a bit of electronic housekeeping for you: commonly asked questions.
Q: Why don't you do star ratings on your reviews?
A: Because I'm indecisive, and star ratings are hard. I feel as if they serve two purposes: to shock you (WHOA, she gave that book only one star?!) and to allow readers to make quick, snap judgement without reading reviews. I spend a lot of time on my reviews, and I'd like for you to read them (but if you just want to look at cover pictures, that's totally cool, too), instead of just seeing my star rating and then going, "Oh, okay, three stars. I won't bother."
Ratings are also so subjective. What may be a deal breaker for me in a book might not necessarily bother you. It's hard to quantify the amount of "like" I have for a book (well, sometimes it isn't). I want you to know why I like a book, not how much I like it.
Q: I just started a blog and I reviewed [insert book title here], too! I was wondering, could you give me the publicist's email so I can send her my review, too?
Q: Wow, you're mean.
A: I'm really not. But I just don't think it's appropriate for me to be passing out personal information that's not mine to give.
Q: Will you be doing more Classics Corner posts?
Q: How long have you been doing this?
A: I started reviewing books for HarperTeen's FirstLook program (which I don't think exists anymore), BookDivas, and TeensReadToo in 2005. I started the blog in 2007.
Q: Can I have your books?
A: All of them? Because I have about 2,000. Are you prepared for that many? Are you going to come pick them up, or should I ship them out and bill you for the cost?
Oh, you mean just one? No, sorry. I do give away a lot of surplus ARCs for free (just pay shipping), but you just have to watch my Twitter page for that, and I only give to librarians and bloggers. If that's not you, sorry. Buy the book when it comes out, or go to your library. If they don't have it, try inter-library loan.
Have a question? Drop it in the comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.