Archive for January, 2012

Media Monday!

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For those of you who don’t know, the Media Monday feature is a chance for me to ramble about all other types of media that I get obsessed over. This week is going to be a combination between a sort of In My Mailbox and a typical Media Monday.

Firstly, I have to talk about a few things I have been obsessing over since I last posted. For new shows, that mostly means Sherlock – the newest episodes are baffling and wonderful. I’m still wondering how he did it. I did most of my squeeing when the first season came out, and that all applies, so I think I’ll leave that one there.

Then, I’ve also been working my way through Chuck. I’ve only made it about halfway through season 3, but for a while there I was watching 6-8 episodes a day. It was almost sad. I’ve stopped for a little while, but I love the show and I will probably be returning it to it soon. I hear it will be over soon, so I’m kind of sad about that, but I’m very happy that I’ve still got a couple of seasons left first.

Then, for the In My Mailbox (or In My Queue so to speak):
I recently signed up for Netflix, and I have been having WAY too much fun adding things to my Instant Queue. There are so many shows I missed out on because I wasn’t allowed to watch them when they were on, or just because I wasn’t able to get a TV the days it was on. Anyway, so far I’ve added things like:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
How I Met Your Mother
Downton Abbey
and lots more. I’m sure you’ll be seeing reviews coming up soon.

In My Mailbox (1)

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Welcome to my first IMM post! IMM is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren and it’s a chance to show off all the books we bought, borrowed or won in the past week. Most of mine will be borrowed as I have an AMAZING local library with a fabulous inter-library loan system (I can essentially get any book I like within a week at the most) so unless otherwise noted, just assume borrowed.

So! The list as of right now:

Cinder by Marissa Meyer – Just started this one, and I’m loving it already!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – Cannot WAIT to start this one. I’ve heard so many good things about this book, and I’ve had it out from the library for a while but there were others due first. Luckily it’s up next!

Don’t Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough – I am such a fan of fairy tales, and I am so excited for this one!

Steampunk! ed. by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant – I always need more steampunk in my life!

Eona by Alison Goodman – I really liked the first one in this series, I’m hoping the second lives up to it.

Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder – another second in the series that I’m very excited for!

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta – From what I can tell Marchetta’s stuff isn’t really my usual, but I heard so many good things about this one I decided to try it.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – OK, seriously? How have I not read this yet?

Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck – Looks kind of interesting and I was curious.

The Compass Rose by Gail Dayton – For the first time in what seems like FOREVER I allowed myself to just browse the library instead of going for a specific book, and this is one of the ones I came up with. It sounds like it will be just up my alley!

Mairelon the Magician by Patricia C. Wrede – another one I’m not sure how I missed, this time because I love Wrede’s books, and have read every single one, or so I thought!

It’s a pretty big haul this week, but I can’t wait to just dive in!

I’m back!

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Why hello there! Long time no see, yes? While I hated to take the break, I am so glad I did. I needed the time to really think about what I wanted from my blog, and now that I have, I feel sooo much better about where I hope it is going.

One thing I realized, while thinking about whether to even continue blogging, was that I’m not ready to give this up – any of it, including the reviews. So, once I decided that, I began thinking about why I ended up in this major reading/blogging slump, and how I could avoid it happening again. In the process, I have come up with a plan to completely revamp the blog – hopefully a new design, new types of posting, and a new schedule for when things post.

The big thing I realized was that it was more than just a slump for me. I felt like I was no good at it, that I wasn’t meant to be a blogger. That’s not a slump, that is freakin’ burnt out on blogging. When I first started blogging I made it a goal to review ALL the things! With the way I read, that sometimes meant 7+ reviews a week (just this week alone, I’ve finished four books in 2 days). YIKES! I never actually did that many, so I would get behind and then hate myself for being behind and then stop reading so I wouldn’t get more behind and end up in a HUGE slump. I’m amazed I kept trying as long as I did!

So, in order to make this work again, I’ve decided I don’t have to review every book I read (Shocker, I know!) Instead each week I’ll do an In My Mailbox type post with the books I’d like to read. Then, at the end of the week, I’ll pick the read I have the most to say about and review that, and then do a weekly wrap up post with 1-2 sentences on the rest of the new reads. Of course, if there are any you’d like to have a more extensive review on, I’d be glad to oblige – just leave me a comment, and I’ll take that into consideration when choosing what to review for that week. Some weeks, I may even do extra reviews, if I can’t choose one book, or if I have a comment requesting a different one than I’d choose on my own.

Another thing I’d like to do more of with this revamp, is participate in memes. They seem to be one of the best ways to interact with the community, and that’s what I’ve loved most all along. For now, I’ll be participating in In My Mailbox, and occasionally Top Ten Tuesday (Tuesdays are an insanely busy day for me, so I may not always have time to get the post up before it’s over). The eventual goal is to have two memes I participate in regularly, so I’ll happily take suggestions of any that you think are really great. In addition, I hope to continue Media Monday – a feature I started just before the hiatus that allows me to talk about some of the other formats I’m obsessed with, including music, TV and movies.

And finally, I will no longer be actively seeking out ARC’s and review copies. If anyone approaches me with a specific request, I’ll gladly do what I can to see that it is met. But I have an amazing local library that can get me just about any book I want within a matter of days. The very few that it can’t, well, I have a job – if I’m that desperate, I can buy a copy. I’ll leave the review copies for those who don’t have that kind of resource. (As a note – I will still be participating in the occasional blog tour through Teen Book Scene.)

So, that’s everything, at least for now. I’m so excited to see where this goes! Keep an eye out later today for an IMM post to start the whole thing off, and in the meantime, Happy Reading!

Happy New Year!

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Well, it certainly was a year to remember. I learned many many things through this blogging process and I thought I would share some of them with you.

Firstly, I learned that this community is awesome. I cannot think of another group of people I love more. I have met some of my best friends through the online book community and I am so grateful for that.

Second, there is a lot of pressure that goes along with being a book reviewer. I find it interesting that to express our love for something it has become necessary to follow a lot of unwritten rules.

Third, unfortunately, I’m just NOT cut out to be a reviewer when it comes to books. I can be critical about films and about music, but when it comes to books, unless one is absolutely fabulous or horrifically awful, I find it hard to say anything. I love it, but then, I love books, so I probably was going to anyway.

All of that said, I find myself reluctant to leave the community. The people here are so great that it would take a lot to make me want to leave. But, as I was pondering this recently, I came to realize that “book blogger” and “book reviewer” are NOT synonymous! They seem to be, anymore, what with every book blogger posting reviews once a week or whatever. But they shouldn’t have to be. So, instead of shutting down my blog completely, I am hoping to try a new direction. I still want to be able to discuss books. I still want to be able to tell people about the books I’ve loved. Those aspects I will be keeping. I’ll probably start participating in memes more, as they’re great for starting conversations about books (if anyone has suggestions of memes they love or even that they host, please pass them along – I’m looking!) The main, and perhaps only difference, will be the lack of reviews.

I probably will not begin posting again right away. I still have a few kinks to work out. Please bear with me as I figure out what I’m doing. In the meantime, however, I have started a new, non-book, collab blog called The PAKt. Please come and visit me there!

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