Hello lovely readers. I just wanted to drop you all a quick note to let you know some of what’s up with the blog. This week, I’m going to be going into the hospital for heart surgery. I have a number of already written posts scheduled through the rest of this month and April, but when I’ll get back to blogging after that all depends on how I feel throughout recovery. I’ll be back eventually, hopefully with lots and lots of books read. The TBR pile is huge–I’ll need plenty of distractions since I won’t be allowed to get out of bed for awhile! But I may not be approving/responding to comments for quite awhile. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Anyway, as always, happy reading!
Well, here we are at February already. Ack!
There is a ton of stuff going on in the blog this month. I’m a stop on the Book of Apex blog tour, and will be hosting an author interview and guest post. I’ve got some great books in the pipeline for review. And for the last week of the month, The Bastard Title is turning into a foodie blog, celebrating cookbooks! I’m kind of obsessed with cookbooks, so I’m really excited about this one.
There’s also a small change to features. I came to realize that a lot of the reason I’ve been slacking off on Short Story Sunday was that I freak out way too much about it. I always feel like I have to say something deep and profound about each story, and it gets kind of exhausting. (There’s not a reason to overthink these things, I just do it. My brain, ladies and gentlemen).
So, from now on, no summaries, no analysis. Just the first line, publication information, and a link. If the first line is enough to hook you, it will draw you in on it’s own, no matter what I say. So now I can focus on finding more brilliant stories to share with you all.
Let’s get back to the books, woo!
Greetings, lovely readers! Just a quick note to let you all know that except for one scheduled post, I’ll be taking the month of January off. I’m hoping this will allow me time to catch up on my reading and plan bigger and better things for The Bastard Title. Hope everyone has a wonderful new year, and I’ll see you again come February!
I just wanted to take a second to apologize for my sporadic schedule of late. I WILL be getting back on a reliable two-post-a-week schedule fairly soon, hopefully by the middle of June. I’m just having some issues adjusting to new real-life things.
In other news, the Nebula awards came and went and I totally failed at my no-stakes-no-consequences reading challenge. (Let’s all blame my budget for that). Of course, one of the four books I didn’t make it to, Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2312, was the winner. It’s on my to-read list, but who knows when I’ll get to it.
So the start of that feature was kind of a bust, but I’ll take suggestions. What do you think I should challenge myself with next?
I’m in a little bit of a reading rut, wherein all I even want to deal with are predictable YA paranormal romances and historical novels. That’s fine as far as it goes, but nothing really screams out to be reviewed. Any wish lists for future reviews?
Thank you all for continuing to read as I work to figure out this whole blogging thing. If you’d like, friend The Bastard Title on Facebook (I post random, amusing book related links!). And remember to tell your friends!
For another week, this is not a review.
I started this blog to talk about books, but also to review them, and I know it’s been quite awhile since I’ve done that. Basically, I’ve been going through a move and a lot of personal upheavals. It’s not that I’m not reading–on the contrary, being stressed out means I’m reading like crazy, going through a few books a week. But they’re not the sorts of books I necessarily want to review or talk about in depth.
So for one more week, this is not a review.
I figure maybe it’s a good time to talk shop. I started this blog almost three months ago now. I’ve made 24 posts so far, and I enjoy writing, but I’m still not sure how to attract readers, or get you all to talk to me. There are 24 posts, and essentially only one ever gets looked at. It’s the 4th I made. I’m considering deleting it just to see if I can get some accurate stats for once.
Blogging can be a ridiculous endeavor, spewing opinions into the void of the internet. I want to keep doing it, and I want to get better and become someone worth reading. I want to know what you guys are looking for. There are so many types of book reviewers, and book-oriented blogs out there. As readers, what keeps you coming back?
Hopefully next week there will be an actual review in this space. I have short stories laid out for a few weeks, it’s just the rest of the content that’s tripping me up at the moment. But I definitely don’t want to be one of those blogs that updates for a few months and then disappears. I want to be here for a good long while. I know there are things I have to get better at (commenting on other people’s blogs, keeping up with my reading), but I really am striving to make this the best blog I can, and I hope if you are reading this you find something here to enjoy.