Sunday, June 25, 2017

It's Monday...What Are You Reading? - June 26 #IMWAYR

Okay folks, I'm going to hijack this post for a bit...

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will have notice that things have been pretty quiet around here lately.  Other than Saturday Snapshot posts and the occasional Monday update posts, it's just been crickets.  There are two reasons for this.  Again, regular readers here know that I lost my Mom a couple of months ago and that has thrown me for a loop, to say the least.

The second reason is that the whole reading and reviewing thing just got to be too much for me.  I was constantly on a deadline and no longer had the freedom to just read what I felt like.  I got to the point where I couldn't even bear to pick up a book and I just needed a break.

So, during this break (which lasted longer than I had intended) I thought about what I wanted to do with this blog.  I knew that I didn't want to give up blogging--I've enjoyed the other bloggers that I've met and the outlet it gives me.  However, I didn't want to get back onto the hamster wheel that is book reviewing.  I've also started getting back into writing--something I was devoted to for all of my childhood and that went by the wayside once I got to college (and ended up having to do so much other writing).

With all of this, I decided to make some changes:

  • I won't be posting as many book reviews.  The only reviews that I'll post will be solicited reviews, and I've become very selective on what I accept to review.
  • Saturday Snapshot will well this Monday update post (or at least I will try to be a bit more regular with this meme!)
  • Books will be featured in a different format.  This could be a group of short reflections on a number of books at once, or grouping books together by theme, or whatnot.  Basically, whatever I feel like...
  • I'll talk about more than just books.  TV, Film, whatever....I'll talk about it all.
  • Eventually I'll be moving the blog.  This one is way down the pipeline, but I'm looking to move the blog and do a revamp.  When I do so (which may be a year from now!), I'll be ditching the "West Metro Mommy" title, although I haven't yet decided what I'll opt for instead.  No worries, I'll give a lot of notice before I do anything.  I have more than a little planning and a multitude of decisions to make on this one.
I'm going to sort of phase all this in during the summer.  My goal is one non-meme post a week until the fall when I hope to ramp it up a bit.  

So, there you go...things are changing, but I'm hoping it will all go fairly smoothly.  There is one little change that has already Instagram handle is now melinda_ott.  My twitter handle remains @westmetromommy (only because I can't figure out how to change it without just starting a new account).  I'm moderately active on both, so it is an easy way to reach or follow me!


It's Monday...What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.  Please visit her blog to link up and join the fun!  Also, if you are participating in the meme, please be sure to link to your blog in your comment so that I can visit!

Again, these are not all the books that I'm "currently reading," but rather the books I made progress on this week.  And, again, I have too many books going at once.  ONE DAY, I will get this under control!

I'm reading Kiss Carlo for review and I jumped at the opportunity.  I've enjoyed Adriana Trigiani's books in the past and this one looked like it would be a hit.  I'm only a bit into it so far--I really need to carve some more reading time for me (as opposed to reading to my son) during the day!

Lift and Separate is another blog tour book, although I actually owned my copy before the tour so it was good motivation to push it to the top of my TBR.  I'm really enjoying it--which isn't a surprise as I follow the author on Facebook and she's forking* hilarious.

Each year, our library chooses a book for their Hillsboro Reads program and this year that book was The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates.  I'll be honest, I'd never heard of this book before it was chosen, but I thought I'd give it a try.  It is fascinating so far (again, I need more me-reading time!) and one I think is very important and an excellent tool to understand some of the ills in current American society.

A miracle happened this week and I caught up on all my podcasts, which  meant that I was able to get back to my listening re-read of In Her Shoes.  I still maintain that this is probably my favorite book by Jennifer Weiner and is probably the first one that I recommend to people.  That being said, the narrator (who is not, after all, Karen disregard the picture) isn't the greatest.  I can't really put my finger on what it is--the only thing I can think of is that she sounds a bit too old.  She's not horrible--and certainly doesn't warrant me to put this aside.  But...I would probably recommend reading rather than listening to this one (unless you get the Karen Ziemba version....)  The movie is also quite good but, really, read the book.

So, that's where I am right now.  This coming week is VBS week, so I may have even less reading time.  I just hope that I don't have to use the same collage....

*Why, yes!  I did binge watch the entire season of The Good Place this week!

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