I have been posting lots of reviews in the past two months but I have hardly been in cyberspace. I feel like my blog has lost the me part of it. It's a difficult thing to rectify. I'm busy being me in real life so I don't feel inspired to duplicate myself here. If there is a key to finding the right balance, I haven't found one to fit the Becky lock. Part of the challenge is that I am trying to write a children's book, do my homework for my writing class, as well as review children's books and then do the whole children's librarian thing with them too. I have over extended my love of children's fiction so that I am relaxing with reading adult fiction and this is really not normal for me. I often think it is time to reign in the blog but then I receive a charming, appreciative email from an author and I just can't. So instead I am juggling all my loves and hoping that with practice I will get the hang of it. The fact that I asked to be taken off a number of publisher mailing lists has helped. My postie and I are again on speaking terms and I feel more free to read what I am in the mood to read.
So a few itsy bitsy me things:
1) I'm read Unearthly by Cynthia Hand - I'm loving it. Angels people... I'd forgotten how much I love them. Being on the book reviewer runaway train can move your tracks without you even noticing. It is great to broaden your reading tastes but it is also good to read what makes you happy. Thanks to Sophie @ So Many Books, So Little Time for recommending that I read this via Goodreads.
2) I'm reading Unearthly because I bought it with my hard earned money. I spent one day of my half term holiday with hubby in Ely. Not close to where I live but a friend had told me they have a fantastic indenpendent book shop so I went to investigate. Good news! My friend was telling the truth. It was worth the journey. So I am going to give the brilliantly staffed and stocked shop a little publicity.
Here is their website: http://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/ They also have a shop in Bath.
3) While I was there, I also bought:
Crossing Over by Anna Kendall - I hadn't heard of this before but it sounds like my favourite type of book. Fantasy!
Scat by Carl Hiaasen - I have been wanting to read this for ages. It sounds bizarre and funny which is right up my street.
4) I've watched The Blindside twice recently and both times I've loved every second of it. Such a touching film. I love it when people do good things for other people. With that in mind, I'm going to give a shout out to a new UK book blogger. Her name is Amy and her blog is: Turn the Page She is a fan of Percy Jackson so I welcome her to this world.
5) There are four books that are most anticipated reads of 2011:
Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles - Why did the US publisher move the release date from May to August? Anyway... I'm sure it will be worth the wait.
Everlasting Dark by Cate Tiernan (Immortal Beloved 2) It is out in the US in September (as Darkness Falls, I think) and if I don't manage to get hold of a copy, I may need to be forcibly detained. For some reason I am not able to preorder on Amazon UK or Book Depository. If someone can explain this, I would love to hear it.
Untitled - The Kingdom of the Cello #1 by Jaclyn Moriarty - There is no formal release date as yet but it says 2011 on Goodreads so I am on the edge of my seat waiting to find out more. I really don't mind what this book is about, I just want to read it. This is the extent of my love of Jaclyn's writing.
Bloodstone by Gillian Philip (Rebel Angels Book 2) - Firebrand was amazing. I NEED THIS BOOK!
May BBC draw winner announced:
Raimy @ Readaraptor was the winner of the May BBC giveaway (a copy of Everybody Jam by Ali Lewis) with her review of The Iron Witch by Kaz Mahoney. Congratulations Raimy. I am going to tweet you!
So this is me. How are you?