Wow, I’m experimenting new ways of reading and reviewing, and it worked marvels for me this past month!
New ways of reading?
I said goodbye to a multiplicity of reading challenges, mostly for the sake of wasting less time connecting my reviews to many other web pages
Like many other book bloggers, I decided to focus on my TBR
I’m thrilled to be in my 2nd year of The Classics Club
Even more strict with review requests, book tours and egalleys, I try to leave room for “wild range reading“, meaning being able to grab a book that catches my eye at the library, instead of saying, Oh, I would love to read this book now, but I have so many scheduled to review for 3 months, I have to wait
New ways of reviewing?
Focusing on what I enjoy finding in the reviews by other book bloggers, and what I pay attention to, I have streamlined my reviews
No more official synopsis, mine is enough
No more details and picture of the author, unless the review is for a book tour
Minimum details on publisher, date, etc at the end of my review, with social media links only if the book was received from the publisher/author
When reading ebooks, I’m experimenting leaving my ereader wifi on and taking notes and copying and pasting notes on my Evernote, ans then write my review from that.
Instead of highlighting, then copying most of that on paper, then summarizing it in a review!
An accident propelled me to try that new formula: for some reason, all the passages I had highlighted in an ebook I had just finished reading disappeared on my kindle. With a bit of research, I realized the memory for highlights is limited, so as I was starting to make highlights in a new book, looks like highlights in the one I had just finished reading disappeared. Sounds like it was a happy fault.
a very very enjoyable month, with A LOT read (compared to my usual stats)
it feels so so good to check off books that have been on my physical or digital shelves FOR EVER
at the same time, I was thrilled to be able to read books that caught my eye on the moment
and A LOT reviewed, so much more than usual. I do plan to keep it this way
So here is what I read in January:
12 books: 10 in print = with 2,386 pages, that is: 76.9 pages/day
+ 2 audiobooks
= with 13H31, that is: 26 mn/day
Author:Ann Morgan US release date: May 2015
by Liveright Pages: 326 Genre:
Theory and Criticism / Writing / Books about Books / Travel
Before 2012, Ann Morgan considered herself rather “a literary xenophobe”, reading mostly British and American writers. At the suggestion of a fellow book blogger, she decided to change that and lunch into an amazing project: to read a book coming from each country of the world and to review them on her blog A Year of Reading the World.
Part-penance, part-prophylactic, this undertaking would, I hoped, atone for my years of literary insularity and inoculate me against the narrowness of mind that such a restricted diet of reading matter must have predisposed me towards. It would be the corrective treatment that my stunted and anemic reading needed. Page 7
Fascinated myself by world literature, I eagerly followed her reviews, as she ticked each country, one after the other.
Then, I realized she was publishing a book about her experience. Ann graciously sent me The World Between Two Covers some time after that. Always behind some urgent reading deadline, only recently did I finally take time to read and savor every line of it.