So today on Twitter, I asked this question:
What would happen if I never wrote another book review again?😕
— Tammy (@tammy_sparks) April 28, 2017
And I didn’t expect anyone to see it, let alone respond to it, but I am thankful that Liz, Hannah, Sara and Bonnie saw it and not only replied, but made me feel better about my lack of excitement with blogging lately. Thanks girls! Lately I feel like I’ve lost the fire and drive to keep this blog going, and I’m hoping it’s just a phase. I’m so distracted right now by my personal life, and I’m finding I have too many other commitments to fully focus on blogging. Plus I was trying to write a review today and the words just weren’t coming.
But writing those words made me think, what if I could just read for pure pleasure, and not as a “job”? Has anyone else with a book blog wondered that? Surely I’m not alone! Honestly, I’m not going to stop blogging and writing reviews, but you may see less activity here during the month of May. My son is graduating from high school and getting ready for college (!), my daughter is winding down her junior year and has a ton of choir activities, I have two fairly large and time-sucking volunteer jobs this month, and unfortunately, the blog is way down at the bottom of the list right now.
But in the meantime, I still continue to receive review books, so obviously I’m going to keep reading, and yes, writing reviews. Because I do love it. I just love it a little less at the moment:-)
I’m proud to say I have not received a single NetGalley or Edelweiss book these past two weeks! So my book haul today is all physical books. Plus I scored a HUGE pile of books from Apex Publishing, which I purchased during their recent Revive the Drive campaign! Here are my latest and greatest:
From the wonderful folks at Unsung Stories, You Will Grow Into Them by Malcolm Devlin, a collection of short stories that “…takes weird fiction and horror and blends them into strange and wondrous new shapes.” Yes, I’m pretty excited to read these!
Big thanks to Saga Press and Wunderkind PR for a physical copy of The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente and illustrated by Annie Wu. There are only a handful of illustrations, but I love them and I’m anxious to see how they go with the story.
From Pyr a surprise finished copy of the Nebula Awards Showcase 2017 edited by Julie Czerneda, a mix of the stories, poems, excerpts and essays that were nominated for the Nebula Awards. I’m happy to see a few stories in here that I’ve already read and enjoyed, and time permitting, I hope to read more of this collection.
I had already been approved on NetGalley for Black Light Express by Philip Reeve, but I was thrilled to receive this surprise ARC in the mail, courtesy of Capstone! This is one of my MOST anticipated books of the year, and I can’t wait to read it:-)
I was lucky enough to win an ARC of Lost Boy by Christina Henry from a publisher giveaway! I simply love Henry’s dark tales, and this is a summer release that I will be reading very soon.
I’m a Cory Doctorow fan from way back, so I was very excited to be offered a copy of his latest, Walkaway, by Tor Books. Thanks Tor!
Also from Tor, Deadmen Walking by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It’s been a while since the last time I read Kenyon, and I’m quite looking forward to this swashbuckling paranormal pirate tale!
A surprise arrived just today from Jimmy Patterson Books, James Patterson’s newest YA called Crazy House which is co-written by Gabrielle Charbonnet. I’m digging this cover, and the blurb on the front of the book says it all: “You can stop waiting for the next Hunger Games.”
Big thanks to all the publishers for these lovely books!
I was thrilled when my package from Apex Books arrived, literally days after I made this purchase during their “Revive the Drive” campaign. I mean, LOOK AT ALL THESE BOOKS! I purchased a “Mystery Box” and one of the mysteries was a copy of Rosewater by Tade Thompson, which I loved. I’m so happy to have a physical copy! My order was filled with both old and new titles, including Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt, which I discovered on another blog and couldn’t wait to buy. Also included are Beautiful Sorrows by Mercedes M. Yardley, The Wicked by James Newman, I Can Transform You by Maurice Broaddus, The Zombie Feed Vol. 1 edited by Jason Sizemore, Ugly as Sin by James Newman, Shine Your Light on Me by Lee Thompson, a very cool copy of Apex Magazine from 2006, Prime by Nate Kenyon, and Taste of Tenderloin by Gene O’Neill. I see hours of delicious horror and weirdness ahead of me!