I know I haven’t been around the blog much in the past few months and I miss it. I honestly don’t know why my posts have dwindled off, but I suspect it has something to do with my new reading habits. Back in April I decided to really devote myself to reading galleys, participating in the LibraryReads nominating process and to becoming a well-rounded readers advisory expert in my library system. This means that I’m not reading the type of books that I’ve read in the past or the authors that I normally devote myself to. Also,  I’ve been reading books about 2-3 months in advance of publication and find that many publishers, when granting access to a digital galley, ask that you not write about the book until 1 month before the book is released. As I’m not a very organized person when it comes to scheduling blog posts I completely forget all about writing about a book that I read 2 months ago when its publication date is near.

Though I love reading new books and am pleased with the difference it’s made in my approach to my job and my satisfaction in fulfilling my duties as a librarian, I don’t want to abandon this space or stop reading my true loves (all those Persephones, Viragos, and other British classics). So I just need to find a way to have better balance in my reading life and to incorporate all of my interests into the mix. I also want to write reviews for the new books I’m reading so I can not only share my opinions with you, but remember them better when I suggest them to patrons. Overall, returning to posting on the blog on a regular basis will be a good thing!

And I also hope to set aside time every week to catch up on my blog reading.

Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend and here’s to a lovely week to come!


  1. Lovely to see you posting again! I don’t recognize most of the authors of those books, so I’ll look forward to your reviews, and probably be adding some of them to my reading list. I can understand it’s hard to find that balance, especially when you are reading for work.

    • Yes, the balance thing is difficult! I feel guilty these days if I read something that’s not for work, unfortunately. But I’m going to try to shake that!

  2. Welcome back! Sounds like you’ve a good plan; certainly having a schedule of sorts, where you’re reading the different ‘types’ of books will help you get to more of everything. Your work plans sound pretty good, too 🙂

  3. Lovely to hear from you Anbolyn, and look at all those shiny, new galleys! I am pleased you have been enjoying your reading and adding to your work. I hope you are able to get back into the blogging routine.

  4. One of my mantras is ‘You’re only one woman!’ We’re here whenever you are, Anbolyn. Enjoy!

  5. It’s good to see a new post from you, Anbolyn. I hope you can find a balance you’re happy with. I’m curious about those books in your pictures – I’m only familiar with two or three of the authors!

  6. Hullo, good to see you back! I sympathize with your problem re: galleys. If I don’t write and schedule a post for an ARC within a few days of finishing it, I’ll usually forget all about it. I keep casting guilty glances at Neil Gaiman’s Trigger Warning, which I was meant to review in like February. :/

  7. I am not a good scheduler (also not a very good blogger at all once I became consumed by the spontaneity of the twitter vortex) — it seems to take the fun out of things, HAVING to do something.

Thank you for reading and commenting.

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