27 March 2011

Post 365: a general update

So. I'm not going to be posting every day anymore.

I was thinking about going in depth about why I wouldn't be posting anymore, but I don't think it's really necessary, and long-winded explanations about being burned out about reading and my personal/professional/family life getting in the way or not getting in the way is kind of boring. Let's just say I decided I wanted to see if I could post every day for a year and I did. And now it is time to try something new. So from now on I will be posting twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays. This means you will get a post tomorrow and then you will not get another one until Thursday this week. And that's how it's going to be.

There are several practical reason for doing this; for one, I think my daily posting schedule is possibly scaring off readers who don't want to read a slightly less than 1500 word essay every day. Also, this will allow me to read longer books without fear of getting behind, and I will not be required to make two posts a book. I think I will continue numbering my posts, simply because it is useful to me personally.

Please feel free to let me know if you like this change, or if you would like to see others. On with the reading list for the next block (which may take longer for me to get through, at least posting-wise).

For the Win by Cory Doctorow.
I'm not a gamer, at least not of the MMORPG variety. I will admit I do casual gaming, I like puzzle games and am more than a fair Tetris player. But of course I know gamers and they are generally interesting people when they have additional interests outside of the game. Doctorow is also an author that came on my radar relatively recently after seeing him as a panelist at ALA 2010 for a science fiction discussion. He seemed intelligent, very pro-library, and he can totally rock the Creative Commons like whoa.

Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart.
I've heard mixed things about this. The blogosphere generally seemed to like it, but a few bloggers who I have personal respect for were more "meh" about it. Goodreads does state that this is "A refreshing satirical romp for hip fiction readers." Ah, dear reader, we all know how incredibly unhip I am. Is it still for me?

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.
I read quite a few (boys') coming of age stories when I was growing up and I have developed a fondness for dystopian fiction, as many of us have recently. I expect to like this, although I may have outgrown the more basic plot devices of the coming of age story. I have heard this is overly violent, but that typically doesn't bother me.

Invasion by Mercedes Lackey.
It has Superheroes and Nazi aliens...apparently. I picked this up from the ARC shelving truck at my library. I generally like Mercedes Lackey and this looked like it was something different from her. I have no actual idea what it's about. I'm honest like that.

The Spice Necklace by Ann Vanderhoof.
I picked this up as an ARC at ALA 2010. I haven't gotten around to it until now because it was published in June 2010 (before the conference) so I figured reading it later wouldn't really matter much anyway. This is one of those combo memoir/travelogue/recipe book deals. I've never read one of those, so it should be an interesting experience at the least. It is set in the Caribbean, which is an area I don't know very much about.


  1. Hi Amy! Do you what you have to do and if that's posting twice a week instead of every day, that's what you should do! I'm still going to read your posts either way. :)

    I'm looking forward to your post on Super Sad True Love Story. I, personally, hated the book. I'd love to chat with you about it once you read it! Maybe you'll see something in it that I didn't.

    Grace @ www.feedingmybookaddiction.blogspot.com

  2. Of course you should do what you want. This is all for fun, so have fun. But, as someone who just recently found your blog, I'm hoping for more than twice a week. ;-)

  3. Grace, Thanks for continuing to read my blog regardless of posting schedule. I do appreciate knowing that there are regular readers out there. I'll be happy to talk books with you in depth when I'm finished with Super Sad True Love Story. Perhaps we can set up a time for an exchange via IM? I use Meebo so if I don't have an active account for a service you use, I can make one. If it is especially interesting, I might ask to post the conversation on the blog.

    You are so sweet. I will likely continue posting more than twice a week for books that really blow my mind away, but it has gotten harder to stretch my mind to really pull out good topics for some of the more "brain candy-ish" books I read. I don't want to stop reading them, but I don't think it's necessary for me to struggle with them either. I will definitely be posting every day for special events like Banned Books Week. Who knows, we'll see how it works out. But after a year of posting everyday (even with the occasional breaks for guest bloggers), I just can't keep up with it and do what I _should_ be doing to get my life back on track.

  4. Hi Amy -

    I've never heard of Meebo. I'll have to google it. I do have an AIM account and I use Google Chat. I'm definitely interested in chatting about Super Sad True Love Story or any book for that matter!


  5. Hey Grace,
    Meebo is a chat service aggregator. It's also web based, so you don't have to download a program (unlike Trillian) and you can put code onto you website for a chat program so any visitors can talk with you regardless of what program they're using since they interact directly with the widget.

    Send me an email with your screen names and I'll pop on and say hi. acampb8@kent.edu


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