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ARC Entitlement | A Discourse

So I just read this article by Publisher’s Weekly that did a short review of BookCon.  In it there were a couple of interviews with attendees who felt displeased with the lack of free stuff – both ARCs and swag – available for them to get from publishers.  And all I could think was, really?  That’s what’s important to you?  Getting as many free books and stuff as possible? Continue reading “ARC Entitlement | A Discourse”

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So about those reading habit changes…

You know how I recently decided to start reading for myself and my mood and just, not try to cram in egalleys before their publish date?  Yeah that’s a laugh.

I’m the children’s lead at my local BN and they just announced the YA Book Club and I know I’m going to be running it (especially since I love YA).  Technically I don’t have to read the books, I’m just there to facilitate and get the discussion rolling, but it would be stupid not to.  Also the first three books are already on my TBR anyway.

It’s just the fact that I just made the decision to go back to reading for me and now I have three books lined up that I need to read before a certain date again.

And then there is BookCon and the fact that some of the authors I want to meet and get autographs from have books I haven’t read yet and that I really want to before meeting them.  If I even get autographing tix for them (here’s crossing fingers for Meg Cabot and Eoin Colfer, my top two choices).

But I’m not going to think about that today because I just came off of one hellish tech week (where each night ended around 11 or 12 and I ended up getting 5 hours of sleep each night, maybe less), and I just need a day to not really think about anything so I am just catching up on some TV shows instead.

Like, I am more than happy that there is going to be a YA Book Club for BN now, but also I’m just sighing internally because lol I tried.

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I Need a Change in my Reading Habits

It took me 3 months to read Priory.  And I know it was a big book and that it’s a reasonable amount of time to get through that thing, especially considering that I had a major show in the middle of it that took up a large chunk of my life.  But still.  You know what it made me realize?  How little I want to continue this work of reading ARCs and egalleys before they are published.  It’s starting to feel more stressful and a lot less fun.  I want to go back to reading for me.  What I’m in the mood for, when I’m in the mood for it.

When I get these egalleys or request them, at the time I think “yes!  I want to read that!”  But by the time I get to that book or he deadline comes up, I’m usually not in the mood for it at the time.  I end up skipping half the egalleys I have for a month.  Either because I just don’t have the time, or I lose interest in them.  Like, part of me still wants to read it.  Just not….at that time.

So yeah, I think I will still keep them in the back of my head as “possibly next on my TBR” but if something else is calling my attention more, I’m going to go with that.  Those will be good for when I just have no clue what I’m in the mood for.  And I think I am going to put a major pause on getting egalleys from Edelweiss and NetGalley.  I need to clear out my future reading schedule badly.

I mean, right now the next book I’m itching to read is There Will Come a Darkness which is an egalley, just one that doesn’t come out until September…

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Discourse | Okay not so much a discourse as it is a rant…

I WANTED THE GOLDSBORO SIGNED & SPRAYED EDITION OF DARKDAWN YOU GUYS BUT OF COURSE I DIDN’T GET IT!!!

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Ugh I kept checking last night because Goldsboro’s vague “it will be available Friday morning UK time” was so not helpful for this here girl who is living in the US.  I checked at all the hours but had to give up and go to sleep because I was exhausted because I’ve been painting all week and will do so again today.  And finally I woke up an hour before my regular alarm, checked, and yup they had gone on sale and sold out an hour before I finally woke up.

Fml.

This wouldn’t be such an issue if I hadn’t already had the other two in the series from Goldsboro as well.  Continue reading “Discourse | Okay not so much a discourse as it is a rant…”

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T.T.S.I.F | Weekly+ Update

Well my reading has been…slow lately.  Part of it is being completely burned out by work – both as a bookseller and as a lighting/set designer.  It’s all coming to a head and I just…I’m tired.

Even getting through the last audiobook of the Lux series feels like a struggle.  Which it shouldn’t?  But all I can think is “damn why is this taking so long to end?”  It made me start wondering if I prefer shorter series to longer ones.  I mean, I adored Bloodlines, which has 6 books in them, and sometimes I wish that trilogies were drawn out more, but other times I’m like – duologies are the best!  I guess it depends on the series.  Right now I just think it’s all because I’m just not in the right mindset.  At least, I hope that’s the case. Continue reading “T.T.S.I.F | Weekly+ Update”

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Reading Slumps & Everday Life

So I think I’ve fallen into a reading slump and I only have myself to blame.

With two shows I am designing for coming up (one which I am doing the set and lights for), and doing extra work at my day job, I’ve pushed aside my reading-for-pleasure books and have tried to just focus on my ARCs and egalleys.  Which sucks because I’m a mood reader.  There have been plenty an egalley that I’ve read or DNFed that I just didn’t care for, but I knew that if I picked it up at another time in my life, I probably would enjoy a lot more.

As it is, I’m just meh about everything.  Even the one book I’m reading for myself – Opposition, the fifth book in the Lux series, and is actually an audiobook and takes up a different sort of free time – just isn’t holding my interest like it should.  I’m invested in these characters, shit is happening, I do want to know more.  But I just don’t feel like actively investing myself into it right now.

I ended up spending today mostly watching episodes of Roswell New Mexico, the new CW reboot.  I did do my job and read the script for the show I’m designing the lights for this week (don’t get me started on how that one is making me grind my teeth), but other than that?

I think my brain is just shot.

I’m actually kind of glad I turned down a gig that I was offerred for April.  I mostly turned it down because I wouldn’t have been able to get the design done in time for it, but now that I’ve reached this point, I think I need a month where my free time is just that – free.