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How to get free books from Publishers and Authors

Do you want to get free books from authors/publishers?

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Who doesn’t love free books?

It’s no secret how to and it’s no rocket science

BUT what you’re about to read is based on my own experience.

It could be different for you and it’s certainly different for other peeps, as there could be certain factors that affect what kind of books you get or from where you could get them.

Anyhoo, without further a due, my first tip is to:

1. Understand that they are not “free” books.

I’ve seen a lot wish and moan that they want those free books to expand their libraries or to just simply read them. BUT what exactly are YOU offering back?

Read any email sent to you, or those book reviews, posted by peeps who got those free books and the keyword is there.

“Free book in an exchange for an honest review”

Yep! The keyword is exchange! Exchange for what? A review.

So trust me, it’s not a free book. You are expected to give something back and some require it within a certain time.

2. Be Committed and show it!

If you are doing it through Instagram or any other platform, it would really help to have a clear, precise profile. Add that “book blogger” to your bio and mean it. Mention what is it that you do, which I’m secretly hoping that it’s reviewing books.

Advanced Copy of Stranger by David Bergen by Duckworth books

Myth: You need to have an xxx amount of followers and perfect pictures.

No, you don’t!

I had a merely 3k account when I got approached to review a book and my pictures weren’t exactly art gallery material.

But I made it work.

And so can you.

3. Know your stuff (?)

Understand the terms that are used in a book blogging environment.

Words such as:

  • Book Cover Reveal
  • Book Tour
  • Book Review

I will admit that I had no idea what they were but the Bookstagram community is amazing. Ask a question and everyone would be jumping in to help.

You can do the same. Ask before jumping into things so you would know exactly what is expected of you.

4. Set up your rules!

It’s totally awesome that you are getting a free book, and you’re over the moon that they chose you.

Well, guess what? They should be over the moon as well that you have accepted their book, took the time to read and review it.

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Advanced copy of The One by John Marrs (Penguin UK Books)

I have learned that it’s ok to be picky about what books to accept as my time has become very limited and I want to be able to read the books that I want to enjoy as well.

It’s totally ok to say no, once in a while.

I have also put up a review policy on my blog where I clearly defined what is it that I’m looking for.

For example, I don’t read or review erotica and I made certain to emphasize this.

You can check up my review policy here.

Another point I want to mention is that you have to be clear about where you will post your reviews, when you would post it and you need to make sure you stick to that agreement.

5. Be Honest.

I think this is the most important thing.

You being real.

Note that there are a lot of other readers checking up your reviews and trusting your every word.

Don’t be afraid to speak your mind about the book but bear in mind to offer good criticism if you don’t like it.

There is no need to be harsh or mean. You can still get your point across without offending the authors and the readers along with it.


6. Do Something about it.

Sure you can do all those five steps that I  have mentioned, sit and wait to be approached but slowly your patience runs out and you get frustrated.

So why not approach them?

You can send an email to the publisher but before you do make sure:

  • To know your publisher. What kind of books do they publish, would they interest you? It’s also good to know the region of your publisher. If your publisher is in the US and you are in Australia, approach them instead. That could help with your chances.
  • To include your full name, about yourself – mainly what your blog is, your IG account, number of followers, etc.
  • To include your address in that email. That way, they won’t have to reply back asking for it.
  • To be nice in that email, and straight to the point. Keep it short.

You will be rejected many times and that’s ok. Don’t give up!

7. Focus on YOU!

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Advanced Copy of Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Penguin Uk books)

Focus on building up your account, don’t stress.

Read the books that you already have and tag its author, publisher..etc.

You will get noticed eventually!

And I truly believe when a publisher or author sees how much fun you’re having, they would love to add you to their list of book reviewers.

In the end, its all about having fun!

Are you having fun?

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to add it in the comments below. I would love to offer as much help as I can.

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Book Review : I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister

Book Title : I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister
Book Author :
Amélie Sarn
My Rating :
Publication Date : 
August 5th 2014

Have you ever regretted not picking up a book sooner?

This is the case for me now!

I can’t believe this book has been lying on my TBR shelf for so long and I only picked it up because I was in dire need of a short read to meet my reading goals before years end.

It’s a story about two close sisters, Sohane and Djelila, and how they have kind of drifted apart.

Algerians, born and raised in France, Sohane was in a love/hate relationship with her sister, Djelila, who have started to spend her days with her friends, partying and hanging out with boys, while she had become more religious.

Without saying anymore, this less than a 200 pages book spoke volumes. I was totally taken aback by how much I have loved it.

It’s about religion, it’s about choices, feminist, and the right to fight for what you believe in.

It doesn’t have that great of a plot or writing but it perfectly portrayed to what a lot could relate to.

I totally recommend to all readers and I would especially recommend it to those who are looking to their first English book. This would be a great read to start with.

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Book Review : Slammed / Point of Retreat

Book Title : Slammed / Point of Retreat
Book Author :
Collen Hoover
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 and ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : 
January 4th 2012 and February 25th 2012

Colleen Hoover is my go to whenever I feel like I’m in a reading slump. My love for her books immediately reminds me why I love to read and why I should pick up a book right now!

Her books always have a way to grip you from the start, gets you connected to her characters and you can’t help but root for each and every one of them. And that was the case with Slammed.

Slammed follows the story of Layke, who after her father’s death had to move from Texas to Michigan with her Mom and brother. Upon arriving there, she immediately hits it off with their neighbor, Will, and had an incredible first date that involved slam poetry.

I seriously had no idea what Slam poetry was, but after reading this book, I think I would love to attend one.

Anyway, even though they have it hit off and they have an amazing connection and of course attraction, a shocking revelation affects their relationship and they must find a way to get past that.

It’s hard to talk about the book without posting some spoiler so I’m just going to be vague about it and just urge you to pick it up. Especially if you love poetry.

I have also read the second book of the series but have found it lacked the emotional intensity of the first one. Would I read the third book of the series?

Naah, I don’t think so. I was truly satisfied with just Slammed.

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Book Review : He Said / She Said

Book Title : He Said / She Said
Book Author :
Erin Kelly
My Rating :
Publication Date : 
April 20th 2017

As a thriller fan, it’s no surprise I’d pick this one up. I mean, the title itself is intriguing. Right?

Maybe I had such high hopes for this one, or maybe I read so many thrillers that I’m starting to get picky as to which to put on my favorites shelf.

The mains story revolves around Kit and Laura who are all about eclipses where one day, they set to attend a festival to experience one. During that festival, Laura witnesses a brutal attack of a woman being raped by a guy and calls the police on him.

The woman, Beth, is grateful – maybe way to grateful and plays the perfect victim while her attacker is pleading innocence. Now, whose story are we to believe?

The book alternates POV between Kit and Laura while also alternating between the past and present. We are giving pieces of the plots till in the end, we get the full story.

I kind of liked it. It was slow sometimes. It did have lots of twists.  I was extremely awed by the plot and think it’s really clever.

Did I love it so much? Would I remember it in the long run? I don’t think so.

I do, though, recommend it to thrillers fan and especially those who are into eclipses and astronomy as there is lots of information about that.

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Book Review : Weave a Murderous Web

Book Title : Weave a Murderous Web
Book Author :
Anne Rothman-Hicks, Kenneth Hicks
My Rating :
Exptected Publication Date :
February 6th 2016

Thriller, mystery and add some romance to this! What’s not to like about this?

I honestly didn’t think I’d enjoy reading this book and was quite surprised by how much I loved it. I especially loved it when it kept me guessing right up to the end.

I swear, I thought I had it all figured out, and honestly, was feeling a little smug about it when Bam! The unexpected!

Jane Larson, a lawyer in a large law firm in New York, takes up a case as a favor for a friend, thinking it would be a matter of a divorce and child support one. Soon after, she discovers things are much more complicated than that. Lies, drugs, and even a murder case.

It took me a while to get into it, and to get used to Jane’s character, who I found to be super awesome! And there were multiple characters that got me a bit confused as to whom is whom.

All in all, I’d totally recommend this book for fans of thrillers and crime fiction.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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ARC Review : The Optickal Illusion

Book Title : The Optickal Illusion
Book Author :
Rachel Halliburton
My Rating :
Exptected Publication Date : 
February 8th 2018

With such a clever title, this is indeed a clever book.

A historical fiction that is based on the scandal that happened in the 1700’s concerning the British Royal Academy when Benjamin West, an American, was its President.

How did I come to know all of this? Why reading this book of course and the googling I had to do. That’s one of the reasons I totally love Historical Fiction. There is bound to be something new to learn.

This was an art-focused book. Lots of talk about it. The paintings, the painters, the techniques used. For an art lover, it was really enjoyable to read.

My main concern and drawback was the number of characters involved. I sometimes got lost as to who is who, and whether that person added anything significant to the plotline.

We are also taken back and forth into the story a lot. Benjamin’s past and how he had moved to America. Part of the plotline as well.

As much as I enjoyed it, I had a mini issue with the way the story was told. I wished we were in the act rather than talked at a later time about it. Get what I mean? This had me a bit disconnected from the story.

But overall, it’s an entertaining read. I’d totally recommend this for peeps who are interested in art and the eighteenth century.

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Book Review : Alex and Eliza

Book Title : Alex and Eliza
Book Author : Melissa de la Cruz
My Rating :⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : April 11th 2017

I picked up this book, knowing absolutely nothing about Alexander Hamilton. Then I googled and found out that it was actually a musical Broadway based on an American statesman and one of the founding fathers of the United States.

But, the book is loosely based upon that and it is mainly focusing on the love story between Alexander Hamilton and Eliza.

Ah! The love story.

The main and utter reason why I have picked it up especially when I was in such a mood to read something romantic.

And boy was I disappointed!
I seriously cannot think of a single good thing to say about it. I have no idea how I made it through the whole book. It looked like something I would have probably added it to my DNF shelf.

But finished it I did. *applause

Romance aside, I thought I would at least get to know about some kind of history about Hamilton or understand what the hype is all about. Instead, it was mainly a battle of a mother with her daughters and about marrying rich.

I did not appreciate the old-fashioned writing and I couldn’t help but compare it to Jane Austen – I know! It’s so unfair of me, but that was the kind of style I think the author was trying to achieve.

I wouldn’t really recommend it. It was not my type of books. I didn’t really enjoy it and I’m not sure who to recommend to anyway even if I was asked.

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Should good books be adapted for the big screen?

The movie ‘ruined’ the book!

How many times have we heard these words uttered by nearly every book lover and avid reader after coming out of a movie theatre?

I probably would have said it a couple of times myself!

But, let’s be honest here, there are a lot of book-to-movie adaptations that are just outstanding and have got people admitting that the movie was much better than the book.

Not that it’s a competition, mind you!

It isn’t really a question of “ruining” the book. There is just the simple fact that the movie and book are now accessible because of their reliance on each other.

And no matter how big your imagination is, there will always be aspects of the book that your mind just cannot capture.

Take Hogwarts, from the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowlings, for example. Were you really able to envision it as it was in the movies? I know I wasn’t able to.

Watching how the scene unraveled on screen for the first time just left me in awe. I would be lying if I said I didn’t have goosebumps.

What about The Da Vinci Code?

The Hunger Games?

How adorable were Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort in The Fault in our Stars?

I’m really just naming a few from the top of my head that I think were good adaptations.

I do make it a rule though, to always read the book before watching the movie, as I love to compare how my mind visualized the details of the characters and the scenery with how the screenwriters depicted all the information gathered from the book. It’s just one of the perks of reading.

But reading aside, watching the movie adaptation is an experience on its own. It’s a good opportunity to share this experience with different people throughout the years.

So, I’m all for adaptations! I’m a big fan of reading the book and watching its movie. I make it a habit to check out what books are coming to the big screen every year to make sure I am able to read it just in time!

Are you a fan of book-to movies? Or do you think books should be left for the enjoyment of readers only?

Read the full article from Khaleej Times here

Filed on January 12, 2018 on @bloggerheads

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ARC Review: Need To Know

Book Title : Need To Know
Book Author :
Karen Cleveland
My Rating :
Expected Publication Date : January 25th 2018

I truly believe this is one of those books which would best be a movie.

As much as it was an enjoyable read, it still lacked that “OMG” and “I’m on the edge of my seat” kind of feeling when you usually come across Thrillers. And I’m blaming it on the characters.

Vivian Miller was good at her job, maybe even too good. As a CIA counterintelligence analyst, she uncovers this huge secret that will threaten her life and family, and she finds herself in a position where she has to make sure she is making the right choices but still stay true to herself. Was it easy? Of course not! Then there’s this issue of whom to trust which was the main idea of the book and whether things were actually as it seems.

It was a truly fast read and you would find yourself on the last page without even realizing it but still, it was a mellow read for me. I wasn’t as hyped up or excited. I wasn’t even contemplating who the bad guys were and who weren’t as I usually do with other thrillers. It was just an ok read for me.

Would I recommend reading it? I might if someone asked me specifically about it. But you won’t find me recommending it if someone is looking for a great thriller.

Thank you to Penguin UK books for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review/.