Monday, March 19, 2018

Bookish Thoughts: Reflecting on Blogging for Books Closing

Today on Bookish Thoughts I wanted to talk about Blogging For Books and how after ten years they are shutting down the program! I've been participating in this program for a long time, and I started it early on in my book blogging career. So I wanted to just reflect on my experience, and how I feel about them shutting down.

So Blogging for Books has been a cool experience. It was the first time I was ever offered books from a publisher, so I definitely think participating in this has opened up some doors for me. This was before I started requested ebooks on Netgalley. I have to say that I have been turning to Netgalley more, so I don't think BFB shutting down is going to effect me that much. I have to admit their selection hasn't been that great, so I always felt "stuck" with making my choices. I ended up choosing things that I wouldn't necessary want to read. I basically tried to read stuff out of comfort zone and usually it was a bad time.

It's hasn't been all bad, I have found some really cool books that I don't think I would have discovered on my own!

Some of my favorite books that I got to review because of this program are all of the Divine Cities books by Robert Jackson Bennett. When I read City of Stairs I had NEVER heard of this author, and I loved this series. I was so glad I was able to read City of Blades and the conclusion City of Miracles. Another book I got from BFB was Arena by Holly Jennings. I had heard of this book before, but when I saw it on BFB I jumped at the chance and read it immediately. I also discovered The Martian from this program, which was one of the first books I read from this program.

I feel like I grew as a reviewer with BFB. I took a look back at some of my older reviews, and I think I was incredibly generous with my ratings. I think if I read some of those now I might have had some more 2- or 1-star reviews.

It's sad to see BFB closing down, and I am thankful for all the opportunities they have given to me to read new stories!

Did you participate in the Blogging for Books program? What did you like about the program? What were some of your pet peeves?

Happy Reads Everyone!