One of the things I try to do as a writer is read whenever I can. I read in my genre, and I read outside my genre. Each book, good or not-so-good, furthers my education as a writer, my understanding of the craft, and my knowledge of what to do and not to do.
But books cost money. I wish I had an unlimited budget to buy every book I want to read, but that's not realistic. Some I buy. Some I borrow from friends or the library. Some I even find for free or low-cost on Kindle.
Publishers give away copies of new books to reviewers, hoping to spread the word. If you'd like to review for a particular publisher, check their website to see if you can sign up for physical or digital copies of their new releases.
Another option is netGalley. This is a site where dozens of publishers post their books. Once a reviewer sets up a profile, they can browse the offerings and request digital galleys. You can browse by recent offerings, by genre, or by publisher.
If the publisher accepts the request, you get an email alerting you that the book is ready for download. Most publishers have several download options. Some are even available as Kindle books. After a book is read, the reader posts their review on the site.
So far, I've read three YA books through the site, a memoir and two historical novels. All three are books I likely wouldn't have come across otherwise. It's a win-win situation. I'm reading more widely and learning from the authors, and my reviews will hopefully help others become aware of great books.
Do you review books? How do you choose which ones to review?