September in Retrospect

September ended up being a slower month than I’d intended, blog-wise. I still did my usual amount of reading, but didn’t do much posting, and ended up taking a bit of a hiatus to catch up on my reading to begin with. I blame work, really. Too many days of having to get up at 5:30 AM to get to training on time. Hopefully things should balance out a bit better, now that my shifts aren’t so early.

But enough about what I didn’t do. Let’s look at what little I actually managed to do!

Reviews

Yesterday’s Kin, by Nancy Kress
Iron Night, by M L Brennan
My Real Children, by Jo Walton
The Broken Road, by Teresa Frohock
Alchemystic, by Anton Strout

Guest Posts

Lian Hearn on the Blackguards anthology.

Other Stuff

In a Reviewer’s Dilemma post, I discussed the pros and cons of accepting money in exchange for reviews. I also did another On the Watchlist post to highlight a few bo0ks that are currently on my radar.

I discussed why diversity in books, especially YA books, is important, and why I wish I could have been exposed to greater diversity in my youth. It’s not just important to give a wider variety of people a voice and a presence in media, but it’s also important to tear down the ignorance of people who, like me, were startlingly unaware of racism and prejudice for a long time, and who made that ignorance known publically and painfully.

I was also privileged to be part of a Mind Meld on SF Signal, joining a bunch of others in talking about books that just make us shake our heads at other readers. This was inspired, apparently, by an older Reviewer’s Dilemma post that I did: Did I Miss Something?

Upcoming

I may have only reviewed 5 books here last month, but I did get 8 read, and I’m surprised I managed to get that many, all things considered. I have 3 that are currently in need of reviewing still, and 1 more which will be appearing shortly as a guest review over at Bookworm Blues. There’s also a good chance I’ll be participating in another SF Signal Mind Meld, which is going to be a lot of fun!

No guest posts scheduled at the moment, nor giveaways, though I’m always open to the idea. :p

I’ve settled into a comfortable routine whereby I read on my Kindle at home and a hardcopy book at work and on the commute, which is allowing me to get about 2 books read a week, so I think I should be able to keep up with my reviewing schedule a bit better in October. But since there are so many amazing books being released this month, and I know I’m not even going to be able to read half of the ones I’ve got my eye on, I’m also planning to do a Release Day post or two, to bring attention to the books I don’t currently have time to read but that definitely deserve some publicity!

So, that’s my lackluster September in a nutshell. How did yours go? Was it as slow as my blog posts implied, hectic like my work schedule implied, or did you manage to find a better balance than I did?

2 comments on “September in Retrospect

  1. Boo on work and interrupting reading time! I’m glad you’re getting into a routine though, that definitely makes things easier. I’m excited to see what books you’re so pumped for that you have to do a release day post :D

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