July in Review

Friday, August 3, 2012


Reading and Reviewing
I posted the following reviews this month:
Only one of those was actually read this month. The only other book I read in the month of July that I have not yet posted a review for is City of Women by David R. Gillham. I'll post that one in a few days.

My reading has slowed significantly lately because my focus has been on so many other things. While it isn't conducive to blogging, it's been sort of nice. I tend to be an "all or nothing" thinker at times which is not healthy, and I, unfortunately apply it to my hobbies. So it got to the point where I viewed everything as cutting into my reading time including work and even social engagements and interactions. That's sort of ridiculous! So it's nice to feel free and like I've given myself permission to just enjoy other things. But along the way I've had a lot going on so I haven't been reading much at all. Not to mention I've had reading ADD lately... I've started and not finished so many books not because the books aren't good but because I find something else I want to read even more! I'm reading several books, but the one I've focused the most on lately is Kill You Twice by Chelsea Cain which I was soooo excited about. After several days I'm only halfway through!

So the other things I've been focusing on are largely work... I go through phases where I'm all caught up and feel fine relaxing and reading, but I also go through phases where the work is really hard to keep up with. I'm also registering soon to take my licensure test for the state of Florida so once that is scheduled I'll be spending a lot of time studying for that! I also have begun focusing a lot on my health and well-being which has included signing up and actually going to the gym. I'm doing pretty well and while I have some informal goals I'd like to achieve, my main goal is to stay active and just be healthy! 

So along with this new take on reading, I've also sort of changed my "philosophy" again. With wanting to do other things, I have even less time to read all the wonderful books out there so it's even more pertinent that I read what I absolutely want to and not feel pressure to read new books. I sort of envy my husband this... he reads so many randomly interesting books, some classics, some new, etc. and there is no pressure to read the latest and greatest. I'll keep trying to aim for this, though it's so hard to battle the temptation of new releases!

Les Mis...???
Earlier this month I mentioned trying to take on Les Miserables... somewhere along the line I actually forgot that I was reading this. So I haven't even looked at the book in a while. I think I'll still keep plugging along when I remember to, but it isn't something I'm going to completely focus on. Maybe I'll be able to get it read by December in time for the movie... maybe not. ;)

Anne of Green Gables read-a-long
Not too long ago, Kari at The Five Borough Book Review mentioned wanting to re-read the entire Anne of Green Gables series and maybe doing an informal read-a-long. I read Anne several times as a child/adolescent. I just adored that book. But I never did read the entire series, so I agreed to read along with Kari, reading about one book a month starting in August. I can't wait to get started!

That's about all I've got for this month! I'm still reading your blogs but have been getting behind in commenting. In fact, sometimes I read and then go to do something else and have to remind myself it would nice to post the actual thoughts I had in my head as a comment, LOL. 


Meg @ A Bookish Affair said...

New releases kill my TBR. I'm trying to be a little bit better about mixing up my reading some so I can get to the old books that have been languishing on my TBR for awhile.

Sandy Nawrot said...

I just really want to give you a hug! Because I totally know where you are coming from. I can't even tell you how distracted I've been. The kids are still home, I'm now training for a half marathon and working out like a nut-head, the Olympics, and catching up with stuff from when I was gone. Blogging what? I don't know what that is. I have so many books I want to read but I'm getting nowhere. I have cut back my posting so now I have nothing on Fridays and Saturdays, and I fear that soon it will increase. I guess I just don't care. And yay for the gym!!! This is awesome. It changes your perspective on life.

nomadreader said...

I think that's a wonderful philosophy! I do think it's hard when you're paying attention to publishing to not get distracted by new releases. I'm striving for more balance between frontlist and backlist titles too, and I'm enjoying making sure to read at least a few titles by favorite authors each month. Good luck!

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

Always adapting our reading philosophies. I hear you. I look forward to reading whatever you have to post. You always manage honesty and sincerity. I like that. :)

Zibilee said...

I find that I only work well when I have a good balance in my life between books, exercise, family, and friends, and sometimes the right balance is hard to find. I do applaud you for tying to keep everything in it's place and not getting overwhelmed. It can be hard to do.

Jenners said...

I'm the same way with blogging -- sometimes it is all or nothing when I get caught up in something else. We need to find that balance!

Kari said...

I am so beyond behind in my blog reading (obviously) but we never officially kicked off Anne of Green Gables readalong! Have you read the first one? Let's get on this! ;)

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