So if you’ve ever heard of a book review blog called The Goth Girl Reads… that’s me. I decided to go back to WordPress.com and just keep it simple this time. Right now I’m planning to work through the 92 books I have backlogged on NetGalley, then I’m going to work through the ridiculous amount of books that I obtained free through Amazon via BookBub, authors showcasing free books, and other methods of getting free e-books. After that, I may start working on doing blitzes, blog tours, etc., again, but I’m not sure about that right now.
I am coming to see that NetGalley is a dangerous place for me to be! While that is the source of 99% of the books I review here (although I’ve received 4 from BoStick Communications and I’m awaiting a shipment from Galaxy Press), it’s still dangerous. By that I mean – too many books I want to read/review!
Right now my reading list on NetGalley contains 53 books – and I’m fairly certain there are some requests that still need to be answered by the publishers. Yes, I’ve had a few declined requests (my feedback rating is 40% and NetGalley says it should be at 80%), but overall I’ve gotten some pretty good approvals. One of them is a Fear Street novel by R.L. Stine. I can’t wait to read that one – I’ve been a Fear Street junkie for years! Another is the 4th book in the Weaver series, Phoenix. I’ve already read/reviewed Chimera and I’m currently reading Changeling with Vector to follow immediately after. Phoenix will have to wait a bit though – I’ve got books set to be archived in a week, so I need to get those books read and reviewed ASAP.
I’ve set up a spreadsheet that tells me where I got a book and when I need to have the review done by… although with NetGalley, I’ve noticed that I can still post the feedback even if the book is archived.
So what reviews can you expect to see next? Well, the next 5 will be:
I’m almost finished with Changeling, so I expect that review to be up tomorrow sometime. Vector should be posted this weekend, since I should have time to read.
Are there any books you’d like to see me read & review? If so, let me know in the comments!
I am so sorry that I’ve been MIA for so long. I honestly didn’t intend to be gone for so long – just long enough to get my bearings for the Summer semester at school. And then everything went downhill a bit. Let’s take a look at what happened… just so you can have a glimpse of what’s been going on.
I started my first 2 Summer classes. I thought things would be fine – then discovered that I had more to do in those two classes than I had previously thought. One was online and had me answering discussion questions and answering my classmates, plus reading 2 chapters of a *very boring* textbook per week, plus doing a quiz per chapter, assignment per chapter, and unit tests every 2 weeks. Then I started a second online class that was a 16 week class crammed into 4 weeks. 3 chapters per week to read, 6 discussion questions (2 per chapter), 3 quizzes, unit tests…. it was a nightmare… plus there were often 2 assignments per chapter. I was very busy that month.
Then in July we ran into an issue. My acid reflux/GERD was no longer controlled by my meds and I was constantly fighting with a small fireball that seemed to want to just sit in the middle of my chest. The decision was made to refer me to a surgeon (yes, there’s a surgery for that). He agreed that after having had heartburn/reflux since I was 10 and a hiatal hernia since I was born it was time both said goodbye. So I went through a whirlwind of pre-surgery testing for different things, the actual surgery on August 12 with 3 days in the hospital including surgery date, and now I’m starting Fall semester on Monday August 24th.
BUT – there is a bright side! My classes are spread out a bit and I have 1-2 hr breaks between some of them. This means I can take a few minutes between classes to devour some books. Which means I shall start posting here again shortly! 🙂
It is unfortunate that I must state that my reading pace will be slowing over the next couple of months. I have just started the summer semester classes at my local community college and frankly, I need to focus my energies on my textbooks whether I like it or not.
I wish I could say that textbooks are exciting but let’s face it – they aren’t. And of course, this comes when I am finally getting to the point where I’m starting to get into Aglow and wanting to actually read it.
Don’t worry, I won’t bore you with reviews of my textbooks. Although if you follow me on Twitter you might get to see some rants about the boring subject matter of my textbooks. 🙂
Lately I’ve been running into a lot of books that sound great when I read their descriptions but that I just can’t get into. I’m reading one of those right now. It just doesn’t capture and keep my attention like I feel a book should. That’s been happening a lot lately. I don’t know if my taste in books is shifting or if it’s simply that there really are that many crappy books out there – but I’m sure having a heck of a time reading books lately.