Well, June is over, and what a month it’s been. Turned 27, broke my first bone, and fortunately didn’t have to get my first surgery, but the jury’s still out on that one. I go back to the doctor on July 4th to get my finger checked again, and I guess he’ll determine then if it will heal properly on its own of whether I’ll need to have it pinned or wired. As I mentioned before, there are benefits either way. No surgery means, well, no surgery! Surgery means more time off work, but also more time to read, since I have little else to do all day when I’m limited to things I can only do with one hand.
Anyway, enough griping! How did I do for books this month? I started out the month behind on my goals by 4 books, and ended it on track, so I consider it a success! I reviewed 8 books, but read more. I’m having to squash my OCD down into a little ball to do things this way, but some of the reviews for books I read in June won’t appear on the blog until July. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but I dislike having to do that. I prefer to review books in the month during which I actually read them. But things change, and it’s easier for me to do things this way. As it is, what I’ve been doing is reading a buttload of books during the week and then taking a day at the end of the week to type up all the reviews, spacing them out so I’ve got content enough to last me through the coming week. Rinse and repeat. It’s working out pretty well so far!
Anyway, here’s a round-up of all the posted reviews for June:
The Maze Runner, by James Dashner
Ashfall, by Mike Mullin
The Dragon’s Path, by Daniel Abraham
Ultraviolet, by R J Anderson
The Fallen Blade, by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Hereafter, by Tara Hudson
The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi
Isles of the Forsaken, by Carolyn Ives Gilman
So what’s in store for July? Hopefully another 8 books read and reviewed, at least! How many really depends on whether I get the surgery. If I don’t, and if I go straight back to work, 8 books will probably be what I go for. If I do get it and am off work for another 2-3 weeks on top of what I’m already supposed to be off, I might end up reading twice that, maybe even more!
I’ve realized something these past few weeks, though. I thought in the past that while it was a shame that I couldn’t make my living with this blog, it was probably for the best, since I’d get burned out on reading so much and so often. Best to leave it in the realm of “hobby.” I take that back. I’ve been spending the last 2 weeks reading for 8-10 hours a day, almost every day, and I’ve loved it! Every second! Even when I’m groaning because the book I’m reading makes me want to beat my head off a way, I love that I have the chance to read so much. I feel more productive doing this stuff than I do in my mundane job.
So yes, I stand by my original thoughts that it’s a shame that bookblogging isn’t profitable enough to be my day job. I’d love it if it were!
And on that note, my hand hurts from typing for so long, so I’m going to go away and return to my books. Happy reading, everyone! Take care!