I think there is an inherent amount of dishonesty in blogging. Why would anyone want to blog about the bad stuff? It’s not as interesting and, generally, nobody wants to present themselves unfavorably. I certainly don’t. I don’t want to tell you I’m overwhelmed and overworked (both of which are true), because then I feel ungrateful – and that’s not true either. I’m incredibly grateful for all the review copies I receive, I’m thankful I have two jobs that I love, and I know I’m lucky to be renovating a house. Does that mean I don’t feel like I’m drowning in books, in need of a vacation, and tired of looking at unfinished floors (and walls and bathroom)? No. I think both feelings – grateful and overwhelmed – can exist at the same time.
Do I think these worries are silly in the face of what’s going on in West, Texas and Chicago and Boston (and the world at large)? Yes, though it does not make them any less present.
I’m sharing this because I’m curious how other people do it. How do you find time to review two to three books a week (or, prolific people, four or more books a week), participate in memes, and still have time for everything else? Do you feel guilty when you don’t review a book? Anyone have the work-life balance thing figured out?
With that being said, this is what’s upcoming on the blog. I feel silly sharing it ( as it can seem like a filler post and a little bit like bragging – neither of which I intend). However, I like seeing the upcoming lists of others – so I thought I’d try it here.
The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez (translated from Spanish)
Freud’s Mistress by Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman
The Mystery Woman by Amanda Quick (this might be a decline to review)
Stoker’s Manuscript by Royce Prouty
A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
The Demonologist by Andrew Pryor (this might be a decline to review, it’s been compared (unfavorably) to The Da Vinci Code)
Telling the Bees Peggy Hesketh
The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill (this is one of my current reads, it’s absolutely amazing)
Silken Prey by John Sandford
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
Anna 2026 by Lucas Morgan
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp For Girls by Anton Disclafani
The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell
A Dying Fall by Elly Griffiths
Festival Man by Geoff Berner
True by Erin McCartney (the main character is a female Rory)
One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis
The Other Child by Charlotte Link
Godforsaken Idado by Shawn Vestal
A Dual Inheritance by Joanna Jershon
Save Yourself Kelly Braffet
& Sons by David Gilbert
The Longings of Wayward Girls by Karen Brown
Swimming to Elba by Silvia Avallone
Mo Said She Was Quirky by James Kelman
Wrecked by Charlotte Roche
So those are some of the books you have to look forward too. That’s not even including books from my personal library that I would like to get to. Anyone like a good renovation before and after (though now the interwebs can see my bedroom, I don’t know how I feel about that)?