Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Month of me 2013
As a blogger, reading can become this rat race. You get this "I must read ALL THE GALLEYS and REVIEW ALL THE BOOKS" syndrome. Because without reviewing upcoming releases, without the galleys, without all the reviews our page numbers drop. For better or worse we are judged by publishers (and often ourselves) by those pageviews.
Sometimes it can suck the fun out of reading. (Not all the time. Sometimes you discover a new favorite that you would've never read without blogging or make a new book blogger friend. Those times make it all worthwhile). Last year I came up with this idea. I looked at my very-scary to-be-read list and all the books I had all the intentions of reading and decided to carve out a month where I could read whatever I wanted. My birthday is May 26 so May seemed as good a month as any for this little experiment. It took months of preparation, careful selection on netgalley and saying no to books that I might otherwise have decided to review.
But it was worth it. I read conclusions to favorite series, the next Iron Druid book (coincidentally the next after that is at the top of my list this time as well), library books and whatever I wanted. There was a freedom in taking a month off from galleys and reading actual published books. I'm not one of those super popular bloggers who is inundated with request. Honestly I don't know how you do it. But even with what I have and my netgalley obligations, I think it's important to take time and just read freely.
Since May is already upon us I wanted to see if anyone had any "Must reads" that I may have missed this past year. Here is my to be read shelf on goodreads if you want to recommend upgrading (or downgrading) any books. Or if you want to steal my idea and take a month off for yourself go for it. You won't regret it.