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TT: Early Reviewers

ttQuestion: Were you aware of the Early Reviewer Program? Have you received any books from the program? If you have, how have you liked the book(s)? Any other thoughts on the LTER program?

I’m quite fond of the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program!  I’ve actually received 9 books so far and have been incredibly lucky.  I’ve been in the program from the beginning though, sometime in 2007, so I’ve had many more opportunities than most people, who seem to be newcomers.  It took me a few months to get my first book and I’ve had some substantial gaps, but I love choosing and waiting for the notification.

I’ve received:

Luminous Cities by Eduardo Garcia Aguilar
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
The Girl with No Shadow by Joanne Harris
The Venetian Mask by Rosalind Laker
Sweetsmoke by David Fuller
Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland
The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee
Serendipity by Louise Shaffer
The Red Siren by M. L. (Marylu) Tyndall

If you do click through to the first few – be kind, my reviewing career was in the very early stages back then!  And the last two link to LT because I haven’t read them yet.  I know, I’m horrible, I don’t even have them in my possession.  To be fair, I didn’t expect to get any after I left because The Piano Teacher was the first in months!  That might be why I didn’t get one this month, though!

As far as how I’ve liked them, it varies a lot.  Looking at my list, I’ve only really loved two.  I have moderately enjoyed two more.  I disliked two, and I absolutely hated one.  So my success rate is really not fantastic, very even actually, but I love the program anyway.  It’s also led me to do a few cold requests for books I didn’t win, and I’ve enjoyed those.  I think this is a great way to get interested readers in touch with new books.  I love looking at the list because it means I know what’s coming out soon and I have gone to bookstore tables and remembered all the ones that were offered.  I’ve even purchased books that were offered on the program because I still wanted them.  Overall, I’m a fan!


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