Saturday, August 14, 2010

One step forward, two back

I love reading and reviewing, but this is the time of the year when I seem to suffer from what my husband calls "Eyes bigger than stomach" disease. Or just plain greed. I see all these fabulous books I want to read and I love to review, but the pile is growing higher, and the clock seems to be going much faster.

With Granddaughter arriving Saturday and then a vacation at the beach with son, d-i-l and g-babe later this month, and then a trip to California 1st week in September to see all the hubby relatives in Modesto and wedding in Los Gatos, and a presentation to give at Maine Library Assn conference in early October, I'm not sure how much reading I'm going to get or stay caught up. So...I'm going to have to sit on my hands and not request any new ones, and not accept any offers for about two months, until I can catch up. This means the contests will have to be run by somebody else also...I'll try to keep the sidebars up-to-date, but can't promise. I almost wish I had an e-reader, but the books I need to read for review probably aren't yet available in e-format anyway, so it probably wouldn't help much. It sure would be easier to drag some of these along on my trips tho....

I'm currently reading The Lotus Eaters for my Vietnam Challenge, and listening to Let the Great World Spin-just because I want to.

Sometime by end of September I have the following I need to read/review:

Way over due - like-- already published:

This is Not the Story you think it is by Laura Munson
Lost Love Found by Tim Gomes
Remembering the Ladies - a book about US first ladies written by a Brit-Ann Covell. I'm really curious about this one.
The Last Surgeon by Michael Palmer
Swimming Pool by Holly Lecraw
All over the Map by Laura Fraser

Just out this month

The Doctor and the Diva - by Adrienne McDonnell
War on the Margins = out in UK, but I'm not sure when it's coming in US
Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives - an Early Reviewer book from LT
The Good Psychologist by Noam Shpancer
Rules of Betrayal by Christopher Reich

and coming soon
Ape House Sara Gruen's newest due out in Sept
Keep the Change by Steve Dublanica not due out until Nov

and I just did an ARC swap yesterday at my library workshop to get the newest Louise Penny. If I'd stop being so greedy and agreeing to accept free books for a review, maybe I could get caught up, but then, I'd be feeling like I was missing a good chance to read something exciting....

Going off to grab a book and take a deeeeeeeep breath


  1. know when I am considering it, things are out of control.

    funny, I was thinking the same thing today, the whole 'too many books, too little time' and I don't have all those upcoming obligations. no, I just have these piles of books, several overdue at the library, ARCs to be reviewed...and then I read a review of a book that came out in June with a fantastic serial killer..and I love me a serial killer!...and I want to get it, but really, I have some many books to read...

    ok, I feel better now that I ranted.

  2. I have the same "eyes bigger than stomach problem". There are just so many books I want to read in addition to the books I need to read for two book clubs and the nomimating committee for Reading Across Rhode Island. It's not a bad problem to have, though. Right?

    Anyway, I didn't realize Sara Gruen has a new book coming out. Before I even left this comment, I went to my library's website and put a hold on it. Thanks for the heads up.

  3. Many readers suffer from this condition - we just can't seem to help ourselves. I'm holding a giveaway Aug 25th or 26th (can't remember exact date) for War on the Margins by Libby Cone. The paperback comes out at the end of the month. Fantastic book by the way, I really enjoyed it.

    Enjoy your trip!

  4. Oh, Tina, I can so relate! I've been thinking the same thing and trying to figure out how I can step back but still catch up! Hope you have a marvelous time with all your upcoming activities. The books aren't going anywhere!

  5. I've found that July is always my greediest month for some reason. I too am looking at the books in my stack and wondering what I was thinking. :)

    That being said, I really want to find a copy of Ape House. I loved Water For Elephants, and so I'm hoping that this book will be as good.

    I hope you're enjoying The Lotus Eaters - I thought it was fantastic!


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