Hey there! It’s been a few weeks since I posted anything, and I thought I’d update you guys on what’s been going on in my hometown and a new meme that I’m going to try to commit to for my blog.
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First, a life update!
I live in Santa Rosa, California, which is in beautiful Sonoma County. Unfortunately, we had a really tough October in my county, as we were hit with yet another terrible wildfire, the Kincade Fire, in which about 200,000 people had to evacuate from the flames. With emergency alerts going off constantly, fear in the air, and tension everywhere, this brought back so much trauma from our last fire, the Tubbs Fire from two years ago. (See my posts about my experience with the Tubbs Fire here, here, and here.)
I don’t want to dwell on the fire too much, and we’ve also been dealing with PG&E (that’s our power company) shutting off power during windstorms so that other wildfires are not started. I’ve personally been affected by all four of the PSPS’s (Public Safety Power Shutoff) that have happened in the month of October, and so in the month of October my power was out for nine days, with the longest stretch being five days without power. I’ve had to reschedule many posts and also haven’t been writing much either. But, hopefully that will all change soon and I can get back to a normal routine!
So, now to the blog and to a new meme! I decided back in August that I was going to step away from accepting books for review, or ARCs (Advance Reader Copy) from publishers. I kept intending on writing a post about it, but life got in the way, as it so often does, so here I am discussing it now.
I have a few reasons for not accepting ARCs any longer:
- Too much pressure: I was having trouble sticking to my schedule of posting my review on the publication day of the book. I know, you don’t really have to do this, but I really wanted to stay on top of the ARCs and keep my commitments to various publishers. Turns out, this was making me quite frustrated with reading, as I was reading things I felt I HAD to read, rather than what I WANTED to read, which brings me to the next reason.
- I’m very much a mood reader. I like to read a wide variety of genres, and I don’t typically like to read similar books, either by author or genre, back-to-back. If I read a mystery one day, I might switch to contemporary fiction the next, with fantasy being my next choice. The ARCs I was gravitating towards were almost all historical fiction or mystery. So I was getting where I was reading multiple historical fiction books in a row, or multiple mysteries in a row. I don’t like reading like this, as the minute I feel I have to read a book, then I don’t want to read it.
- I’ve got a huge backlog of books I’d love to read. There are so many books out there to read! I love reading older books as well as new releases, and the ARCs were great to keep up my new releases reading! But I found I was reading more of the new books and not so many of the older books, and I’d really like to make a dent in my TBR!
There you have it, several reasons why I’ve stopped accepting books for review and ARCs! Since I won’t be having any brand-new release reviews for you, I was trying to think of a way to highlight new releases, and so I’m going to commit to doing a new weekly post about new releases called Want It Wednesday.
Books are typically published in the United States on Tuesday’s, and while TBR Tuesday has a great ring to it, I think Wednesday’s will work better for me for posting, so Want It Wednesday it is! I’ll focus on the new release books that I’d like to read, along with more popular releases. Because I plan on doing this post each Wednesday, I’ll take out the New Releases section on my sidebar to help save space there.
Well, this has already been a long post, so no official book synopsis or book comments for the meme this week, but here’s the first of Want It Wednesday and new releases this week! What better book to start out with than the new Erin Morgenstern??
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
The Angels’ Share by Ellen Crosby (Wine Country Mystery #10)
The Old Success by Martha Grimes (A Richard Jury Mystery #25)
A Christmas Gathering by Anne Perry (Christmas Stories #17)
Checkpoint Charlie by Iain MacGregor
Cast Iron Alibi by Victoria Hamilton (A Vintage Kitchen Mystery #9)
Tell Me No Lies by Shelley Noble (A Lady Dunbridge Mystery #2)
The Poppy Wife by Caroline Scott
So there are some of the new releases that came out this week! All of these reads sound great, and this meme is really going to add to my TBR! What do you think? Do you like this idea? In the future would you like to see official synopsis of these books? Or just keep the post short with the book covers and you can click the Goodreads link for the synopsis?
Happy Reading! And let’s hope that November stays fire free and the power stays on!