Sunday, October 24, 2010

TSS: Reading Schedule

The Sunday

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Last week I really thought I had my reading under control.  I didn't have review books or library books piled up and I was thinking I could just choose a book off my shelves to read.  So I grabbed The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks.  I was having a hard time getting into that one but I knew it was just the mood I was in and not the book itself.  So I set it aside and started reading You Already Know How to Be Great by Alan Fine, which I'd received for review.  I wasn't sure this was going to be a great choice since it is non-fiction but it gave me a lot to think about and I did finish it.  Now I just have to get the review written so look for that coming sometime this week.

My husband threw a wrench in my reading plan when he let me know he had requested the third book of the Noble Dead Saga (First Series) by Barb and J. C. Hendee through inter-library loan.  This created a problem for me because I haven't read the second book in that series yet!  I didn't want to have to request Sister of the Dead through inter-library loan a second time so I figured I'd better request Thief of Lives from the local library so I could read that and have the next book when Daniel finishes with it.  Of course I got Thief of Lives at the same time that Grave Witch by Kalayana Price showed up at the library for me and Sister of the Dead came in for Daniel.  Now I have all these books to read and there is a time limit on getting it done!

I also received Infinite Quest by John Edward for review so I'll have to squeeze that one in somewhere.  The Book Pushers sent me Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin after I won a copy in the Jennifer Rardin Tribute Giveaway.  Although I have never read one of Jennifer's books, the loss of an author is always a sobering event.  I am glad that I will have the opportunity to enjoy her book, although at this point I'm not sure when it will make it into the reading rotation.

I'm pretty sure I have at least one more book for review heading my way but at least that one just has to be finished before December 15.  I'm really hoping that is a deadline I can handle!

Do you generally find yourself with the freedom to choose your next book based on what you want to read?  Or are you just trying to keep ahead of the review books and library books?  For me, it seems to vary from the one extreme to the other with very few times of balance between them.

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  1. I really ebb and flow among library book due dates, review copies, and challenging myself to read award winners. I'm trying to find better balance, but I find the biggest challenge stems from not knowing when requested library books will arrive (and then be due).

  2. You definitely have a lot of books piling up! So many of them sound so great :) I elect not to receive review copies b/c I hate feeling like someone else is dictating my reading schedule. For me, that just makes reading feel a little too much like work. Of course, all of you "professional-ish" reviewers get the perk of reading the best stuff before the rest of us!

  3. It seems like when it rains it pours when it comes to reading. I either get a dozen all at once or nothing at all. Right now I have about a dozen deadlines I am trying to meet. I have a presentation to work on for ILF that requires me to choose my favorites of the last year in the sci fi, paranormal, and fantasy genres and I would love to include a couple I got for review--it is just trying to squeeze them in before the deadline. I have also read the Noble Dead series, it is definitely a great series. I love your blog and am a new follower. Best wishes getting through your list of books!


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