Today’s post is not a tag or a book review (though I certainly wish it was the latter – I’ve been a bad, slow reader lately), but just a mini-update. This post has been a bit overdue, so some of this stuff may be old news. I will try to not ramble.
So, I’m running Read, Think, Ponder alone now.
Shingie and I had a talk recently, and we decided it was for the best that I run Read, Think, Ponder by myself. I asked her honestly whether she saw herself contributing, but the honest answer was no. Shingie is currently balancing work, studying, and a multitude of other things that take priority, so RTP no longer had a place in her life. Though I know that reading and what this blog means – because, after all, we set out to do this together – is still important to her, this was a practical decision. So I will be the only writer and owner of Read, Think, Ponder. I wish some of you could have met Shingie! But, alas, maybe one day.
I think I’ve found my blogging style… and yet I feel unsatisfied with some things.
When I started this blog, I really struggled to find my ‘voice’. Within the past two months, I believe that I have found my ‘voice’, which is cool. It’s nice finding my rhythm, and it’s also nice to read my own reviews and think, yeah this sounds like me.
The thing, however, that I am still unsatisfied with is that I believe my book reviews aren’t very accessible. I acknowledge that not everyone has time in their day to read my wickedly rambley reviews, so I have been asking myself what I can do for those that don’t have a lot of time to read my reviews. Should I write TL;DR’s at the bottom? A quick summary? And yet when I think about it, offering something doesn’t seem like it’d fit with my style of book reviewing.
What do you guys think? Would you guys like a short summary at the end of each review?
(And then there’s the whole art thing. Maybe it’s an artist’s affliction, but I’m never happy with what I produce. sigh. I’m still trying to figure out what looks best!)
ARCs have turned me into an awful reader – though that’s my fault.
I had always seen the words ARC thrown around in Goodreads, but didn’t really understand what they were. So I made a Netgalley account and naively requested a lot of books like I would for Goodreads giveaways, believing that out of fifteen, I might win one. Next thing you know I receive several approvals – more than I can read in a timely matter. Whilst I’ve found some gems like Gambit, and some not-so-great ones like A Girl’s Guide to the Apocalypse, I’ve learned something about myself: if my choice of reading material wasn’t an intuitive choice but an obligatory choice, my enjoyment of a book is curtailed.
So after I finish my list of ARCs, I’m going to stop requesting and revert to books-I-want-to-read for awhile. And as of late, after reading so many fantastic reviews, my TBR list is gargantuan! Time to start cracking on those books!
Do you enjoy reading ARCs? Why or why not?
Something I’ve always just wanted to ask everyone…
So. What’s your MBTI personality types? Here’s a free test if you don’t know what you are. Just for fun.
Do you agree with your personality type? Why or why not?
Before starting this post, I said to myself, “CW, no more than 300 words! This will be a SHORT POST!”
Welp. Impossibility, confirmed.