Friday, December 11, 2015

Weekend reads and the guilt, oh, the guilt!...

I am so behind on reviews! I have about seven books to review, I think, not including the ones I'm currently reading, and I'm trying to avoid looking and the calendar and panicking. (It's okay for me to review 2015 reads in 2016, right???)

If there's been one theme to my blogging year this year, it's this: feeling behind. My sweet, bookish baby just captivates me, so if I'm not working, I'm with him. But I also think I'm still struggling with some postpartum depression, because I have a hard time sitting down and writing -- be it a blog post, book review, or even work on my novel. (NaNoWriMo was mixed -- I didn't "win" but I did manage nearly 11,000 words and maintained about three weeks of regular writing.)

I've decided to seriously scale back my blog expectations for 2016. So far, I haven't signed up for any book tours and I'm trying to keep from doing so. (I don't think I've posted a book tour review on time once this year.) I'm requesting stuff still from NetGalley and Edelweiss, but I plan to read only if it really catches my interest. I'm hoping to do more "free range" reading and broaden my reading horizons via #WeNeedDiverseBooks and Book Riot's Read Harder challenge.

And since I'm swimming in guilt, my weekend read is Christy English's How to Seduce a Scot, and it is just the fluffy, silly, sexy, and fun read I need. (But when will I review it, eeek?!?!?)

What are you reading this weekend?


  1. I'm way behind too but I am with everything in my life right now.

  2. I am reading Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris, a biography of Tolkien and soon to start The American Senator by Anthony Trollope in a group read on Facebook. I see you are reading Big Magic, a book that interests me.

  3. I have a lot of guilt over undone reviews, too, but no new baby as a very good excuse! Our library genre study group just finished reading and discussing historical romance, so I just read The Duke and I, my first Julia Quinn! This weekend I'm reading Emma for a readalong and it's just the perfect read for me right now!