I thought I’d do a quick post to talk about what I’m reading right now and some of the changes that are happening here…
I’ll start with the changes that are happening with my blog…Those that follow me may have noticed that I recently switched to a wordpress.com account. I chose to downgrade and removed over 300 posts along with tons of media to get to a lower paid plan. After downgrading, I realized that none of my links were working and it was a huge mess. I’ve now gone back to http://www.readrantrockandroll.com and will be staying with that for now. Some posts are still a mess and are missing images. I’m working on it…
The reason I wanted to downgrade in the first place was because I’d lost the interest in reviewing books/posting and wasn’t sure how much I was going to use my blog this year. When my son left for L.A. there was a lot going on in my head. Reading never stopped, but it sure was nice to be able to read and not stress about writing reviews. Writing reviews is a huge struggle for me and always has been; it makes me question my writing abilities, and it can be unrewarding at times with the time and work it takes. I’m not giving up, but I’m slowing down.
So here’s what I’ll be doing from here on:
- Requests: I’m still not going to be taking author requests. I have scads of books to read, and really just want to read what I want, on my terms, without deadlines. It may seem selfish, but I need to concentrate on me and reserve as much time as possible for my family.
- Posts: Some weekly posts will be changing. I’ll do Music Monday when I can, but posts leaving entirely will be Breakfast and a Book and Throwback Thursday. I’ve also removed the Lesson’s from Grandpa posts and will no longer be sharing those. I’d still like to post Shabby Sundays because I love old books, but it won’t be every week. I’ll do Flower Friday when I can and I’ll continue on with my thyroid healing updates every few months. The plan is to post at least two to three times a week. I’ll definitely be finishing the Retelling Challenge for 2019, and I’ll also attempt to finish the A to Z challenge from earlier this year.
- NetGalley and Edelweiss: There won’t be many ARC reviews coming up (if any) at all. I need to let this go for now.
- TBR: I’m deleting my TBR and starting over. I’ve been on Goodreads since 2008 and my TBR is completely out of control: over 19,000 books. I’ll never in my lifetime read that many books! The plan is to delete them all and start fresh because it would take me forever to go through and sort them all out. I’d like to keep it under 100 books, but that’s going to be hard.
- Goodreads: I seem to get much more interaction on GR than WordPress. I’ll still be reading posts and commenting here as well, but I really miss GR and would like to get back to catching up with friends there.
-I think that’s it… Here’s what I’m reading!-
The Penultimate Peril (A series of Unfortunate Events #12)
By Lemony Snicket
We’re finally one book away from finishing this series! I still have a few reviews to catch up on from previous books, which I’ll finish up in the next few weeks. This has been a good series so far and nothing’s been predictable. I’ve had to take a break in between books, but my middle-grade son just wants to plow through and hasn’t tired of it.
I have hope that the series will end with a discovery, but haven’t a clue on whether it’ll be positive or not. There have been hints and I can’t wait to see how it’ll end.
Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects
This book! There are seriously some funny stories here. What originally attracted me to the book was this sentence in the blurb:
“Most of us know that we would not have honey without honeybees, but without the pinhead-sized chocolate midge, cocoa flowers would not pollinate. No cocoa, no chocolate.”
I love dark chocolate, but a chocolate midge? I’d never heard of it and couldn’t wait to learn more. Bugs aren’t my favorite thing, but this book highlights their importance in our world and how we simply couldn’t live without them. It’s jam-packed with facts too, and written in a unique way that doesn’t just lay them out in a ‘matter-of-fact’ manner. Definitely check this book out if you want to know more about our natural world. I’m about half way through and hope to finish it by the weekend.
Thanks for reading my update! What are you reading this week?