You all know how you’ve seen very little of me lately. I’ve been trying, little by little to catch up. At the last count (as of this writing) my Bloglovin’ posts to read stand at 1786. No word of a lie. So last week, at the risk of losing my job, I threw caution to the wind and decided to take a mini-vacation. I took Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday off. Though my main purpose was to spend some time with my husband and kids, I also wanted to catch up on blogging, reading, reviewing. It didn’t quite work out as I’d hoped.
Reviewing books have been hard; it’s like pulling teeth most days. Reading is another matter though. I’m glad I haven’t been on a reading slump. It’s the opposite, actually. But now, I’ve got several books to be reviewed. The cherry on top was when Syrie James sent me a message on Facebook thanking me for joining the blog tour for her book that’s coming out on August 5th. Then I said, what blog tour? I believe she could tell the anxious stutter of my reply. In my defence, I never did get her book to review so I thought the publicist had already filled up my date. But then I went back to my emails and realize, that yes, I suck. I signed up to review her book on August 1st! Everything’s okay now though. Nita of Penguin sent me an e-ARC. So don’t forget to pop in on my stop. It’s called, Jane Austen’s First Love. I’m really excited to read it.
A month or so ago (you know, when I used to have a life), I saw a blog post over at Nyx Book Reviews about her love for The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. I commented on her post that I too, share the love. She is hosting an event all summer long dedicated to all things BDB. I thought, hey. This is a good idea. So then I offered to do a post , which is really not all that bad, considering I’ve read and re-read some of these books. It should be a breeze. However, I’m the idiot who thought to make it harder for myself by offering to do a post about why Phury’s book is not getting enough love. So now, I have this grave task of re-reading a book that I didn’t really like and figure out all the reasons why his book sucked. Oh! And I have less than two days to do it. Can you say, cram?
I don’t know how y’all do this. I just can’t keep up! Can you imagine if publishers actually like me? Can you imagine if I have the same impulses for requesting ARCs as I do with my book buying binges? I think I get it now; I see the benefits of having a co-blogger. Some days, I’ve thought about quitting. Just because I need some time to enjoy all these lovely books in my shelves. But I’m unable to do it. Because above all things, I like writing out my thoughts on the books that I’ve read. Granted, they’re not all prolifically written. I still like having an outlet for my thoughts. And to me, that’s important.