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Sunday, July 25, 2010
Sunday again! Well, I posted a couple reviews this week, Catching Fire and The Last Block in Harlem. Unfortunately I haven't done much reading in the past week (those two I read before this past week). I think I've just been so stressed out with work and school and everything. My school tightened up the internship program even more so now I have to seriously bust my butt to get my direct clinical hours finished up by August 13th at the very latest just to get my 1.5 credits for the first half of my second internship (of 3). Yeah it's complicated and frustrating and having my school make it even more strict is making me that much more stressed out. I'm no longer going to be able to get away for a couple days for my birthday like I'd planned because I need every day of hours I can get. =( Suffice it to say, I've had a lot of difficulty concentrating on reading, even though I've got some great books started. And, tragically, every time I've started reading lately... I FALL ASLEEP!! I feel like those non-readers who say they read only for purposes of getting to sleep. It's awful.
As for what I'm reading now, I'm not really committed enough to any book to say that is the ONE I'm reading, though I've started reading several. I promise I am still working on The Little Giant of Aberdeen County which is good, but with my difficulty concentrating lately, it's going slow. That and it hit on a (common) topic/issue that has just randomly become sort of sensitive for me so I just couldn't keep reading it. Pretty soon, though, I will be cracking open (metaphorically since it'll be on my nook) The Passage by Justin Cronin. It's the biggest thing in new releases apparently. I'd say that I regret not standing in line for an hour at 4:00 pm on the last day of BEA to get a copy of this book signed by the author... but then we all know what happened to all the books I got at BEA, so maybe I should be thankful I didn't waste my time as well as a copy of the book from the author. Anyway, my husband just bought a nook the other day so he can have his own, and he and I both bought The Passage for our nooks so that we can read it together at the same time. =) That should be fun. But we're waiting until this school term is over to start that!
Since I've been having difficulty staying on top of my reading lately, reading review books has definitely gotten way behind. It's really making me re-think what I want to be doing here on my blog. I love networking with publishers and having the privilege of receiving and reviewing books before their release date. And I don't necessarily want to stop, but in all honesty I have waaaaay too many review books alone. And I don't want my entire reading repertoire to be made up of random newly released books. I'd love for my blog to consist of a bigger variety of books; I'd like to just decide which of the hundreds of already published books on my shelves I would like to read next rather than having to meet reading deadlines. I took this all upon myself so it's my own fault, but I need to figure out a way to balance both. Mainly it is going to mean I need to cut down on review books. =( Ultimately, though, I think the quality of my blog will improve if I'm reading purely what I am actually in the mood to read at the time, and if the books I review are more "unique" choices. I find that it sort of gets old when I see blogs all reviewing all the same books. And there are soooo many more books out there for us to be sharing with others. So that's what I think I'm going to focus on. I have many many books still to review, and I will continue to try to get to them when I can, but I can't feel pressured to read them all right away.