Sunday, July 28, 2013

Outside the Book 07.28.2013

I haven't done one of these posts in a while and, frankly, my intention was to do one every week.  So, fail there.  But, whatever.

I do have a bit of blogkeeping to share with you all.  After following a discussion on a book bloggers google group, I decided to do a better job of planning my posts.  In the past, I've just scheduled a dummy post for the days that I have a solicited review due and then, when I've read the book I just finish off the review.  Posts for non-solicited books just go into the gaps.  Well, after a scheduling snafu on my part (expect 2 reviews this coming Friday) I realized I needed to do something a little different.  So, after spending an evening with excel, I think I'm set.

I've put together a master schedule, including my "regular" weekly posts of Saturday Snapshot, Outside the Book and Raising Readers.  Of course, those last two have not been especially weekly of late.  But, they will be now.  Ha ha!

Another issue I've been dealing with is what to do with my completed books.  I actually don't purchase many books.  However, I receive a lot through solicited reviews (ARC's and finished copies), giveaways, and gifts.  Plus, I have a tendency to not let gift cards to Powell's and Amazon burn a hole in my pocket! While I will occasionally do giveaways on this blog, they are the kind where the publisher sends out a new copy--not when I give away my own copies.  I've been looking at what to do with these...while I keep a few books, I generally prefer to pass books on once I'm done with them.  Ultimately, I've decided to use Bookcrossing.  I currently have all my "available" books listed and am starting to list my TBR books.  I am planning to do "release" books, but I am also willing to send out books that are currently listed as available to anyone in the US who is interested.  You can access my shelf here and just email me if there is a title that interests you.  I apologize that I have to limit this only to US readers but I usually can only get to the post office after hours and have to use the kiosk for my business.  Unfortunately, I can't send internationally from there.

Finally, here is a summary of what has been going on at West Metro Mommy Reads this week:
7/22 - Review: The Queen's Vow
7/24 - Review: Gracianna
7/25 - Review: Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
7/26 - Review: Ragged Hope
7/27 - Saturday Snapshot


  1. I lend mine out to friends. They call it Elizabeth's Lending Library. :)

    I also give books to our local library for the annual sale and keep some for our book club book swap month.

    Busy week for you.

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  2. You have quite a few books on that shelf.

    I loved looking, but I don't need any more books. I need to read the ones I have. LOL!!

    THANKS, though.

    Enjoy your day.

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