Today’s question: Early Reviewers- do you participate? How many books (approximately) have you received through the program? Have you liked them generally? What’s your favorite ER book? Do you participate in the discussion group on LT?
Yes, I participate, and I love the program. I’ve been in it since the beginning, June 2007 according to the Early Reviewers profile, but I didn’t get a book until October. I seem to get books every few months. I believe I have received seven, even though I only “officially” got six. They are 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, and Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland. I also received The Fire by Katherine Neville ostensibly through the program because the publisher had extra copies, but I haven’t finished it yet. Actually, thinking about it, I got Firefly Lane the same way. So far my luck seems to be about 50/50 as to the quality of the books. Of the six I’ve read, I enjoyed three and really disliked three. I don’t really anticipate getting any more books soon because I’m in the UK at the moment and the books we get over here are few and far between. Still trying though. So far my favorite is Sweetsmoke by David Fuller, by several miles.
I’m a member of the group and I participate sometimes. Usually, I ignore it because it’s mostly the same complaining about the algorithim and lack of books/abundance of books for others as well as confused questions by newbies who can’t find the list when it isn’t up yet. I’m just happy to have free books occasionally – it gets frustrating when I don’t get any for months, but that’s the way it works. I do try to participate in discussions of books I’ve received, though.
And in other news, the final count is in – I managed to bring 40 books over here with me in two large suitcases and a backpack. I won’t be running out of books over here any time soon though because the city centre has four new and four used bookstores!