Reading Journal: Reading Frenzy

This month so far, I have read twice as many pages as I read in all of May. I feel this frenzy to keep reading. On the other hand, my goals at keeping up-to-date on reviews is not an obsession. I get more and more behind on reviewing with each book I finish, and I’m not feeling an urge to write about these books. I need a bit more balance.

Books I’ve finished and need to share thoughts on.

  • Nom de Plume by Caramela Ciuraru. An advanced copy from BEA. I enjoyed it.
  • The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar. I cried so hard through the end of this one. I have a book club meeting discussing it on Wednesday.
  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I didn’t love it, so I am not sure how to write about it for this blog. I so hate getting hate comments!

Posts in progress:

  • (Kids Corner) To the Moon and Back: Picture Books about the Moon
  • Steinbeck: Intro to the Classics Circuit Tour (for Classics Circuit site)
  • What I want to read: thoughts on all the Steinbeck books I now want to read for that tour!
  • Reading Reflection: thoughts on some bookish quotes I read.

Books I’m currently reading or want to read in the next few weeks:

  • Your Child’s Writing Life by Pam Allyn. So inspiring to me to be a better mom (which is a bit hard to do when I’m reading so much…)
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. For next month’s Classics Reading Group meeting.
  • Going Bovine by Libba Bray. For fun. I need something really funny to read.
  • Half Broke Horses (halfway done) and The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. The later is my book club read for next month, and I’ve never read the other, which I have wanted to read for a long time.
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. For the upcoming Classics Circuit.

I feel like lately I’ve been reading fewer classics on my currently reading lists. The same thing happened last year, mostly (although last summer I also tried to read Victorian.) I just get in a “modern fiction” mood when the sun came out and the weather got warm. I also have recently begun accepting review copies, and this is gearing me more toward newer works. I really do want to keep focusing on classics: this summer may just be an anomaly.

So, anyway, if I’m busy reading all these books, when will I get a chance to post on the one’s I have finished? How do you pace yourself? How do you get “in the mood” to blog about your recent reads?

Silver and Gold: Post Book Blogger Convention Edition

Silver and Gold: Post Book Blogger Convention Edition

After the last Book Blogger Appreciation Week, I decided to regularly feature new bloggers I’ve found. I haven’t been doing a great job of doing this regularly. I’m going to try again! I’ve named this feature “Silver and Gold” after the scouting rhyme I used to sing. I plan on featuring bloggers I’ve been reading a long time and bloggers new to me.

Make new friends, but keep the old: One is silver and the other gold.

These are not all the bloggers I meet at BEA. I’ve selected a few to share with you; I’m saving others for another day. Some of these are new-to-me bloggers and others I’ve been reading for a long while.

  • I stood in line for a while with Pam from MotherReader.com. She blogs about children’s and teens books, and recently hosted the 48-hour book challenge.
  • While waiting in a different line, I also met Lisa, a librarian from New Jersey, who blogs at Shelf Employed, also about children’s books.
  • Kim from Sophisticated Dorkiness and I started our blogs at about the same time. Kim blogs about literary nonfiction and fiction, and it was so fun to finally meet her at BEA.
  • Heather from Age 30+ Books was one of the first bloggers I met at BEA. Heather blogs about all different kinds of books, from fantasy to nonfiction and literary fiction.
  • Colleen from Books in the City is a new-to-me blogger: she blogs about fiction, especially immigrant stories. Since I’m fascinated by my own immigrant ancestors, this sounds very interesting to me.
  • Anastasia at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog writes about classics a lot. But I also have to give her a shout out for her recent awesome post about Retro summer reads.

That’s it for now. As I said, I met tons of other bloggers, new and old at BEA! I’ll highlight some more in the next Silver and Gold spotlight.

Have you visited these awesome bloggers?