Is it just me, or did July go by unusually fast? These are the books that I read and reviewed this month:
- [8 Jul] Hard to Be a God by Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky
- [10 Jul] Feather Bound by Sarah Raughley
- [21 Jul] Clariel by Garth Nix
- [25 Jul] The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
- [28 Jul] The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
- [30 Jul] The Deepest Ocean by Marian Perera
In addition to writing reviews, I’ve been doing a lot of behind-the-scenes blog improvements. Little things like setting up webmaster tools, setting up a plugin to tweet older reviews (but not in a spammy way), and making the font size in my blog posts bigger.
Graphics on my blog have always been one of my weak spots. I’m not adept enough with GIMP/Photoshop/Paint/etc. to be able to make anything that looks good. Then I discovered PicMonkey, and now I am hooked. It’s very user-friendly. I made myself a new blog header, and I’ve been playing with banners to make posts like this one more interesting.
I’ve noticed a trend in my month-in-review posts, which is that I usually take time to vent about how far behind I am at life in general, the resolve to play catch-up and be where I want to be with reading and reviewing. Instead of doing that, I’m going to point to a discussion over at On Starships and Dragonwings about the difference between accepting books in exchange for a review and accepting books for review consideration. It raises a lot of good points about both blogger and publisher attitudes, as it’s making me rethink some of the pressure that I put on myself when I fall behind on my reading. I’ve started to tweak some of the language in my review policy and FTC disclaimers in the hopes that it will make me feel less obligated to post reviews, especially if there are time constraints. For any bloggers who accept review copies, I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on this.