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Sunday, 5 June 2011

Random stuff and winner of the May BBC draw

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?


Emma Book Angel said...

Oh well done Raimy - I keep forgetting to add my links :(
What a lovely update post thank you :D

Caroline said...

I have been exactly the same lately, it really feels like I can't cope with everything... But I find your personality in your reviews so your "me" part of the blog hasn't entirely disappeared! Don't worry!
I have been reading more adult books also so yay :)
And hurray for small independent bookshops with wonderful selections!!

Oh my god I so need Bloodstone too!!!!

I need to answer to your email now :) I hope you are feeling good :)

Have a lovely Sunday x

Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

I'm glad you bought a book for yourself! You deserve it, Becky.

Also, I hope you will be able to juggle your various loves. And good luck with your children's book! I will definitely read it once it's published, that's a promise!

Vivienne said...

Sorry to read that life seems to be overwhelming at the moment. You sound like you need a good holiday with lots of downtime. I hope life gets easier soon.

Christina / Book Addict said...

I know how hard it must be to juggle everything. I don't know how you do it all, but I admire you! Don't you just love Unearthly? It is my FAVORITE angel book to date. I'm glad you are enjoying it. I am so excited that you are writing a children's book. :) I wish you all the best with that; I'll be your biggest fan!

E.Maree said...

Unearthly sounds amazing, I've added it to my Amazon to-buy list. =)

I'm a book blogger trying to write a YA book, and I know exactly what you mean about having difficultly finding the time - the book needs to get edited, but the blog also has to be kept updated, and I've got book release deadlines to think about and publishers who've been kind enough to send me copies of books expecting a review.

I hope it gets easier for you with time - scheduling blog posts has been a lifesaver for me, I can spend a bit of time preparing blogs then concentrate on writing.

Cliona said...

Congrats Raimy! Please Becky, whatever you do, DO NOT STOP BLOGGING. Pretty please? Thank you :) Unearthly sounds great, as do the books on your 'most anticipated' list.

Raimy-rawr said...

Wow Becky you have a lot going on at the minute! I hope life doesn't get too stressful and you can sit down and chill out one in a while! :)

Also Thanks for the book!! :D It sounds great. I'm looking forward to reading it! :D

kirsty at the overflowing library said...

you are so right about the ely bookshop it is amazing! I love it

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Oooo I'm loving this Unearthly cover. Its SUCH a great book. Enjoy!

Becky said...

Emma, I find it tricky to remember to link my reviews too. I can't remember the last time I linked for the Debut Author Challenge.

Caroline, we are just too busy. Here I am writing comments when I should be writing. I need more time. Or at least to be more efficient.

Irena, what would I do without you? Your help has actually stopped me going over the edge!

Vivienne, do not fear! I am actually ok. Just feel like I am not putting enough me into my blog.

Christina, you are so sweet. I have actually written the first draft but I feel the hard work is still to come.

E.Maree, I do use the scheduler but even so, blogging does take a lot of time that could be spent actually getting on with writing. A balance is what I need to find. I guess it will just take determination.

Cliona, aren't you sweet?! I do not intend to stop blogging. At the very least I will make it to then end of the year and then I am hopefully joining a team blog so The Bookette may change but not necessary cease to be.

Raimy, my pleasure. It is such a great book. I really hope you love it as much as I do.

Kirsty, you have great taste in bookshops.

Juju, it is a great book. I finished it last night. I could not put it down. Fab!