How to Become a Book Review Blogger

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Favorite ThingsSix years ago, all the novels I owned fit onto a meager three feet of shelf space. I loved to read Christian fiction but, due to finances, I borrowed books from family and friends instead of purchasing my own.

Getting married and moving to Canada changed everything.

Suddenly, I had time on my hands and all my normal avenues of borrowing books were 500 miles away. To complicate matters, my new husband was still job hunting and our local library’s selection of Christian fiction was laughable at best.

I longed for something new to read without having to pay exorbitant Canadian book prices.

Then I discovered book review blogging as the ideal solution to my novel-reading problem.

Today, even with regular culling, my novels are now crammed onto twenty-seven feet of shelf space. (I am currently saving to buy bigger bookcases.) I received ninety percent of those book for free from various book review programs.

What is Book Review Blogging?

Book Review Blogging is an exchange of free books for blog reviews. If you have a blog and love to read, these programs may be perfect for you.

How does it work?

  1. You need a blog. Some programs require your blog to have a small following.
  2. Sign up for a book review program. At the end of this post you’ll find links to seven Christian fiction review programs.
  3. After you’re accepted into the program, select titles you’d like to review (either print copies or digital). Many programs allow you to review only one or two titles at a time.
  4. Read the book in its entirety.
  5. Write a 200-word (or so) review on your blog. Be careful not to share spoilers. Many programs also encourage you to post a review on a consumer website.
  6. Provide the link to your review. Often, there is a form to fill out online.
  7. Repeat steps 3-6 as often as you’d like.

My Book Review Blog

Where to sign up:

HarperCollins’ Book Look

Tyndale’s Blog Network

Crown Publishing’s Blogging for Books

Moody Press’s Blogger Review Program

Bethany House’s Blogger Review Program

Revell Reads

Nuts about Books – program available for Canada only

I love reading freshly published books and writing reviews. Not only does it keep my novel addiction fed but it helps me see what is working in today’s market. I’ve discovered many new favorite authors through the program.

How do you feed your novel addiction? Do you have a book review blog? Feel free to share your link in the comments.

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Christina-SmChristina Banks is a Christian fiction writer and historian of imaginary events. She desires to bring honor and glory to God in everything she does, whether washing diapers, herding dust bunnies, buying groceries, or writing down the stories that live in her head. Christina makes her home in the beautiful Ottawa River valley of Ontario with her husband and young son. Visit Christina’s website to learn more.

Comments

  1. Donna L.H. Smith says

    Very good Christina. You had links I didn’t even know about! I’ll try them out! Thanks for a great post! Can’t wait to see you in a month! :-)

  2. says

    I’ve loved this side of being a book blogger! I am not a part of any of the programs which you’ve listed, but I can usually write and request an e-copy of whatever book I’m interested in. Best of all, I don’t feel like I’m exploiting the authors by getting their books for free–they get the review and exposure. It’s been great :D

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