FAQ

How do you read so many books?
There is no one answer to this because it’s a combination of several things. One, I make time for reading whenever I can. I don’t watch much TV or care for parties and socializing (I’m very introverted) so a lot of my free time consists of reading. Two, I read fairly fast I guess. Though not as fast as others I know. Three, I work freelance from home so my schedule is more flexible than the average person. Four, I’ve had two babies in the last couple of years so I’ve not been working as much. I read while they feed or nap.

Do you actually like any books?
Yes! I get this question all the time, or else someone subtweets me saying “Emily May never rates books higher than 3 stars!” Which, statistically, is nonsense. My rating breakdown is public on Goodreads and my most common rating at 41% is 4 stars. If you keep only seeing my negative reviews, that probably just means we have different tastes 🙂

What does “dnf” mean? Is that different from “lost-interest”?
DNF stands for “did not finish”, which simply means that I started the book and did not make it through, for whatever reason. “Lost-interest” means that I never started the book but no longer want to read it. This is not a criticism; it just helps me to keep track of books I am no longer interested in. I might have lost interest just because I don’t have the time to read it.

What does “botm” mean?
Book of the Month. It is the only subscription box I have been able to stick with: http://bookofthemonth.com/

I hate you and your reviews. How can I not see them?
If you scroll to the bottom of my Goodreads profile and click “block this member”, you should no longer be able to see my reviews.

If you don’t like a book, why read it?
This question = all the time. I don’t get it. How can I know if I’ll like a book if I don’t read it? And sure, yeah, maybe there are some books that don’t sound like my thing, but some of my favourite books of all time have been the ones that have surprised me.

How can I get advance copies of books to review?
The easiest way for new bloggers to get ARCs is to join Netgalley, make a profile, and request books. Once you’ve been reviewing for a while and have a few followers, you can also try directly contacting publishers. Publicity contact emails can be found on the publishers website, though bear in mind that they will get a lot of emails every day and establishing a relationship with them is difficult.