This is just a quick housekeeping note on why my reviews are coming more slowly than normal lately. There are two main reasons. The first is that I am reading and listening to several compilations at the moment. Sometimes (depending on how much I’m enjoying them) I binge on the books. Sometimes I read/listen to one and then read/listen to something else before coming back to the compilation, often jumping between series as I go. I’ll review the series together when I finish them. Here are some recent examples of me doing this: The Primal Trilogy, The Cassie Scot Series, The Redneck Apocalypse Series.
This all means that instead of reading/listening to one book, reviewing it and moving on to the next, I’m reading several books before a longer post is written. But I promise I am still reading and the reviews will get posted in time (just in clusters).
Second, I have taken on the HUGE and frankly ridiculous task of thinning my digital shelves. I have over 6,000 books and my tastes have changed a lot over the years. (This even after I deleted a batch of them a few months back.) Something has to give here. I no longer have any idea what I own and books are getting buried. But I refuse to simply delete in bulk, no matter how long I’ve owned a book and not read it. (Because sometimes they’ve been buried and forgotten about.) So, I’m reading the synopsis, judging covers, and reading reviews of every single book I own and making a keep or discard decision. This is a slooooow process and I can’t even listen to an audiobook while I do it.
My point in all of this is that though the blog looks less active than normal, I am still going at it behind the scenes.
This is just a quick note to let readers know that I am out of the country between Dec. 23 and Jan 13. I will likely have intermitted access to computers and might be able to pop a review up now and again (because you know I’ll be reading), but there almost certainly won’t be regular posts or responses to emails during this time.
Everyone enjoy their holidays (or weeks if you don’t do holidays) and I’ll see you back in the new year.
If you’ve been paying attention you might have noticed something new on the blog. Suddenly, when posting reviews of physical books I snap a picture, rather than download an image, and almost always with a beverage.
This literally started by accident, with Skin Lane. I was on the patio with the book and a box of Lemon Heads and took a picture to tweet about having my afternoon planned. Then, shortly there after, I glanced over on the couch, where I had unthinkingly set Taming Heather and my tea cup together. On a whim, I grabbed a picture of it. Thus, started the habit. There was no real thought to it and I’m no photographer, but I find I enjoy it. So, I’m going to continue. Because lets be honest, more often than not I do have a cuppa with me when I settle in with a book.
This could easily go without comment. In fact, it pretty much has. Except that this morning my husband was scrolling through my blog and asked, “What the heck are you drinking in all these pictures?” Ummm, the answer is almost always tea. But almost always isn’t always and I thought I might add a little note at the end of the post about the drink; and I thought I’d state my intention in advance to avoid any confusion about why there are suddenly tea references in my book reviews.