Saturday, October 12, 2013

Sue's Saturday Suggestions #69

Interesting Books

I have listed these titles in earlier SSS posts: check out my SSS Books Page for links to more reviews:

Every Day by David Levithan, review at Rinn Reads

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, review at Fantasy Faction

Time For A Rethink?

As you can see, it has not been a massively exciting week for me in the blogosphere and I am beginning to have doubts about my blogging. I know that this is something that most bloggers feel every now and then, as you can see from Rinn’s post this week, so I know that I am not alone in having the occasional crisis of confidence. Perhaps it is a good thing that I occasionally reflect on what I am doing and if I want to continue in the same vein or change things around. I have had a constant battle this year with my inability to simply sit down and write reviews, and I guess that I need to make a decision about what I am doing with the blog, create a plan and then stick to it. Or not . . . first I need to scrape together some motivation!

The lack of interesting links this week is partly due to my decision not to highlight Scott Lynch’s The Republic of Thieves on my SSS page a few weeks ago as the reviews started to roll out. I will be taking part in a Read Along of the title, so I have avoided reading anybody’s opinion on the second book on my Most Anticipated list this year (after Celtic Moon by Jan DeLima – I think I might have mentioned it once or twice!). This title has received a lot of attention over the last few weeks, which I have studiously ignored so that I can revel in my discovery of the latest adventures of Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen in the same way that I would savor a bar of the world’s best chocolate. I just hope that all my self-discipline will be rewarded . . .

In short, I think you can expect a few changes over the next few weeks as I try to rethink my interaction with the blogging world and get myself organized. Wish me luck!


  1. Inability to sit down and write reviews seems to be a very common problem among the bloggers I know this year. I've been struggling with it as well, and I think one of the biggest problems is that the further behind I get, the harder I find it to write them because the number of books that need to be reviewed is so daunting.

    I cannot wait to see what you think of The Republic of Thieves!

    1. That is so true - I think my "to be reviewed" pile could actually crush me to death . . .

      I would feel more panicked if I didn't know that this malaise is a common problem for fellow bloggers - at least, it makes me feel a little less inadequate! :D

    2. I'm pretty sure my "to be reviewed" pile could crush me to death as well, especially since it includes a couple of thick hardcovers! It's very tempting to just ignore it and start over with the next book I finish, but there are books there I want to discuss so I think I might do some short reviews of some of the ones I don't have much to say about. I'm hoping if I can just get caught up, I'll find it easier to get back into a regular routine with the next books.

      It's definitely not just you! I have read similar posts on some of the blogs I read over the last few months.

    3. I just looked at my list and some of the books for review have been there almost an entire year! :(

      Now I just need to work out if I remember them before trying to express an opinion . . .


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