I don't know whether you have all seen Kristi's post about Blogging and the cruel comments made about IMM by an *author person*(click here to view the post)
Not to jump on the bandwagon or anything I would just like to take this opportunity to express why I do IMM.
I don't get a lot of review copies - I don't like to just request stuff from publishers if I already have a massive TBR pile and I know that the book requested, although I may want to read it is not a high priority. Some of the review books I have received I have not requested but have been kindly sent to me, therefore by showcasing them in an IMM post I can show my gratitude to that publisher. If the book is not the kind of thing I generally read I will pass it onto a fellow blogger who will have more interest in it. Sound fair to you so far???
Some review books I have been approached to read are more for work than my own personal taste, however this provides me with an insight into books which has proved invaluable in the school library. Plus I get to take them into the school library for the pupils to read - small sacrifice of my reading time to give pupils a 'subjective' opinion about a book while providing new books for them to read wouldn't you agree?
Reason 2 for doing IMM - a lot of the books I am lucky enough to read have been loaned by friends or from UK Book Tours (I think I have read 14 books so far Lyns [ : D ]) without these people I would not have the chance to read such brilliant books. IMM is a really small way to say thank you - believe me guys it is nothing to how grateful I am for your kindness.
Slight whinge about this point too _ do you think that if you are sent a book that you should say who that book has come from or do you just 'umbrella' it all together under the IMM label. I think part of my OCD and obsession with good manners is that you state who that book has come from. What do you think?
Reason 3 for doing IMM - through the generosity of UK bloggers/authors and publishers I have received books for the school library. By showcasing them on my IMM I feel is a small way to express the gratitude I feel for this generosity. Seriously the pupils are ecstatic about the selection of books we have had in. Take a look at my I Heart RHCB IMM to fully appreciate what I mean.
Reason 4 for doing IMM - my local library has been brilliant about getting books in for me and the girlies. They listen to my suggestions, have increased their YA/MG stock gaining more of my pupils. What better way to showcase their range than through IMM.
So there you have it - the reasons I do IMM. Your thoughts would be really appreciated - THANK YOU.
Onto this weeks IMM (which also reinforces the points I have made above):