After several days of thinking about it, I've come to a conclusion about the future of Book Chase.
In the last ten days, I have had three separate discouraging bits of feedback regarding what I do here: one bit from a fairly well known author who took offense at something I said about her latest book, one bit from a regional author who ranted in a rather embarrassing way (I think) about something totally unrelated to her work that I said, and another bit from a publisher saying that I had "committed" to a review merely by accepting an unsolicited book of theirs in the mail (what am I supposed to do when a book whose genre I don't read suddenly shows up at my back door?).
Well, I have now thought it all over, and I have decided that enough is enough.
I am going to finish up with the review copies already in my possession, but I am not going to accept any others for review.
I will still, on occasion, review books here - but they will be books I buy, borrow from the library, or get through programs at Amazon, GoodReads, or LibraryThing.
I have never been a shill for writers or publishers, and I refuse to become one now. This is not a job; if it were, I would have starved long ago. I will, from this moment on, read what I want, when I want. I have let my desire to get out the word on new books and authors overwhelm my personal time because I believed I was doing just a tiny bit of good.
Lesson learned. Life is too short for this kind of frustration.