Sunday, November 30, 2014

It's Monday and I am so behind!


Hey everybody! Did you have a great Thanksgiving weekend?

I am so happy I got to see all of my sisters this weekend before they head back to their fabulous lives. We had Thanksgiving dinner together and then spent Saturday afternoon together decorating the Christmas tree at our parent's house. 

We really like each other. Promise. 

The reading has been good this week. I ended up deviating from my plan a bit because a book from Netgalley was about to be archived. I love Jason Mott's books so far, so I was happy to power through The Wonder of All Things in just a few days. 

But while the reading is good, the blogging part seems to be falling to the wayside. I have seven reviews to catch up on. Please send help. What do you all do when you hit a book reviewing slump?


Read This Week:
A Map of Betrayal: A Novel
By Ha Jin

The Wonder of All Things
By Jason Mott


Posts from this Past Week:


Reading Now:
Some Luck
By Jane Smiley


Up Next:
First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen
By Charlie Lovett


What are you reading this week? 

17 comments:

  1. I have to make myself review right after I read a book sometimes, or else it gets... delayed. :) Maybe never to be done. I've even had a few where I just didn't review them, although that doesn't happen too often. Glad you had a good Thanksgiving and family time.

    I keep seeing First Impressions and it looks good.

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    1. I always mean to keep up with my reviews. I really should stop myself from starting a new book until I review the finished one, but the new books just look so tempting!

      How was your Thanksgiving, Greg??

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  2. I always seem to be a couple of reviews behind! Unfortunately I don't have any suggestions about how to keep up.


    Have a great reading week,
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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    1. Well, at least it's good to know that I'm not alone! I hope your week goes well, Shelleyrae!

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  3. Like Greg I also make myself review straight away. At least write the bulk of it, so that it only need a little tweeking over the few days.

    The odd time things have got away from me I do a catch up all-in-one multi-post. The reviews are briefer (I prefer to think, snappier!), but it stops that overwhelmed feeling!

    Good luck :-)

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    1. I always mean to do that, but my good intentions just didn't work these past few weeks! I think I may double up on a few books and do mini-reviews. Hopefully I can catch up this week!

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  4. I'm behind on reviews as well! I think I'm going to have to do a "mini reviews" catch-up kind of post. I'll be interested to see what you thought of A Map of Betrayal.

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    1. A Map of Betrayal was interesting but I always felt this sense of distance between the reader and the characters. I wonder if it wasn't a deliberate choice on the part of the author, since we are dealing with characters who aren't necessarily being forthright.

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  5. I love that picture!

    And I'm three (or four!) reviews behind at the moment. I sometimes have to stop reading for a night or two until I catch up!

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    1. Thanks Deborah! We sisters have fun. :)

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  6. When I hit a slump in reviewing, I make a big pot of coffee and set all the books-to-be-reviewed on the kitchen table and go after it the minute I wake up.

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    1. That's a great idea! I definitely need to hunker down and catch up!

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  7. I don't stress it. Unless you have received a book expressly for a review and it needs to be done (in which case I would do it within one day of reading it), I don't think you should worry!

    If you really want to share a review, make a "triage list" of which you want to review the most down to the one you can just share a star rating and a one sentence quickie thought on it. Sometimes the reading has to come first, and the reviews second for your own pleasure :)

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    1. The reading is so much easier!! The reviewing can be fun, but sometimes it seems like work! Thanks for your ideas. :)

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  8. I force myself to write the review before I begin reading the next book. I don't do very formal reviews. They are usually just my quick thoughts about a book. I like to write while the book is fresh in my mind. Come see my week. Happy reading!

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    1. I always mean to write my thoughts right after, but it just doesn't seem to be working out that way lately!

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  9. I can relate to the reading getting ahead of the reviewing. I finally had to be willing to let a few go. I don't have to review all of them. Instead I focus on the books that I'm most excited to share (or accepted to review). Sometimes I'll do a collection of quick mini review with several books in one post. Enjoy your reading and don't feel guilty about reviewing (or not)!

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