Happy Sunday, everyone! Thanks for bearing with me and my new-found busyness. The new job (in a bookstore again, since some of you asked) is going very well, though that plus class has effectively wiped out both my reading time and my blogging time. Luckily, I’ve somehow amassed a backlog of reviews, which shall come in handy as we go into the crazy holiday season!
So, here’s the plan. Over the next couple of months, nearly all my reviews will be of books I’ve read before today. They’re mostly written, so there’s no chance of a book fading in my memory before I write it up. I’m really happy I have enough reviews accumulated to cover a chunk of time, as not having the burden of reading and writing away is a huge help right now. They also make it possible to focus my now limited time on some reading-related things I’m excited about.
First, Reading Buddies is doing a couple of books I’m looking forward to for the end of 2011: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins for November and The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne for December. (January’s book hasn’t been chosen yet — cast your vote in the sidebar poll now!)
Second, my IRL book group is reading The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell for their early December meeting and The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver for early January. Both of those are on my shelf and on my TBR list, and I’m glad to have a reason to pick them up.
Third, I have to finish War and Peace for Jillian’s readalong! I fell of the one-chapter-a-day wagon long ago, but I’d still like to make it to the end by the time 2012 rolls around. So, when I’m not reading one of the above books, I’ll be spending some quality time with Tolstoy.
Depending on how much extra time I have, I may read something by Jane Austen for Advent with Austen. Perhaps as an audiobook? My listening will remain mostly unscheduled, so I have some flexibility there.
If you’re interested in reading any of the above books, let me know and we can sort of coordinate. Obviously, the Reading Buddies books will get their usual dual posts plus Goodreads thread, but I’d be happy to have company for The Sparrow, The Lacuna, and/or Jane Austen as well.
So. What does all of this mean for Erin Reads? Nothing much will be different. The reviews will keep coming and Reading Buddies will go on as usual as I finish up the semester and get used to my new schedule. As much as I want to reply to all the comments you have left over the past couple of weeks, the list keeps growing, and though I’ve read them all, the backlog is now to the point that I’m rather overwhelmed. I’m hoping to start back up again soon. I’m also hoping to get back to reading blogs on a limited basis — at this point, my Google Reader is far beyond the 1000 mark, and for sanity’s sake, that Mark As Read button is looking more and more likely. (If you have a not-to-be-missed post, please tell me about it so I don’t miss it!) But! I am still here, and I thank you for continuing to hang out with me, and I will try very hard to be around as much as I can.
While I sell books today, tell me what is new or exciting in your life! (And if you’re one of those Energizer types who can juggle three lives simultaneously AND have a post go up every day, please share your secret!)