Weekend reads and falling seriously behind...

I'm sorry I've been so absent from this blog; as before, I wish I could claim crazy work success or non-stop reading, but mostly, I'm just tired. (Who isn't?!)

I've got about six reviews I need to write, including a few that are of top ten reads for this year, and I'm not sure why I'm so paralyzed about that. Perhaps because so much time has passed? Do you all have any tips for getting out of the review-writing funk?

I'm ambitiously juggling three current reads at the moment, but all three are so good I can't stop any of them to focus on one.

I'm more than half way through Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, which reads like a novel, it is so good; and about a third of the way through Little Woman in Blue, a novel about May Alcott (Amy from Louisa May Alcott's Little Women). Little Woman in Blue is responsible for a bout of out-loud laughter on my commute this morning. And I've just started Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend because I'm the last person on the planet to do so, and I suspect I'll be a huge fan.

What are you reading this weekend?


  1. I just requested My Brilliant Friend from my library for my Kindle. It seems I've been reading constant good reviews about it! And I'm poorly under-read in the translated novels category, so I'm hoping to rectify that :)

  2. Oh Audra I HATE when I feel like I'm behind in writing reviews...it becomes stressful! Maybe just hit the high points and any low points and don't stress yourself out too much about making it overly formatted or anything. We will love any info you give. I'm excited to hear what you have to say about Little Woman in Blue as I'm excited to read that one. I am reading The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon and really enjoying it! Have a great weekend!

  3. I'm usually the last person to read popular/trendy books, although I've read My Brilliant Friend. I enjoyed it a lot but wasn't as blown away as other reviewers seem to be. Curious to hear what you think!

    I feel the same when I wait too long before writing reviews, because my head can only hold so much, and I tend to forget the details. Which stresses me out. One thing that sometimes helps is if I give myself permission to write something short and/or informal. Now I should take my own advice!

  4. I've pretty much come to accept that I'll never be caught up again.

  5. Happy Saturday! These look like wonderful books - have heard such nice things about Liar, Temptress and the Alcott sounds intriguing. You are SO not the last on the Ferrante books (I really feel like I missed something, the buzz is so sudden and overwhelming?? and of course now want to read too.) Enjoy reading & never mind about the catching up, IMHO :D !!!!

  6. I'm reading Go Set a Watchman--my IRL book club decided to read that and To Kill A Mockingbird, as the discussion's bound to be fun.

    I think Sarah's right--give yourself permission to post a short review, in fact why not do a post of short reviews as a catch-up? And the only way to get started is...get started. Same as you'd do with your fiction--butt in chair, hands on keyboard, no excuses. I put my reviews toward my daily word count, and that helps a lot.

  7. Don't be so hard on yourself Aura, you're one of the most hard-working bloggers I know, so you have the right to a little break once in a while, especially with a new-human to take care of :)

  8. I have over 20 reviews to write, including at least two 5-star reads. What is wrong with us? And I need to jump on the Ferrante bandwagon too. I got the first one for my Kindle. I just need to sleep less and read more:-)

  9. I find the longer I leave it, the more I'll leave it. I like to write my review asap because of this, but when I can't or it's daunting I'll accept that it'll be a shorter review this time. Maybe writing them in a different format will help? I'm reading The Brethren and hope to get to Ferrante soon, too.


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