First of all, a very happy New Year to all of you and thank you for all the thoughtful comments and support you’ve given me during these past couple of months!
As some of you already know, I am still suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. The meds I’ve been given help a lot with reducing the barfing and gagging, but it sadly does not really tackle the nausea. Eating can still be a nightmare and I just want to sleep most of the day. The waiting for things to get better in the second trimester…yeah, I’m in my 14th week now and still waiting.
Now on to the stuff which brings you all here: books and blogging (and boobs maybe, but I’ll save that one for another time)!
Reading stuff on the interwebz still really worsens my condition. I get migraines and see lights flashing if I look at the screen for too long. Hence, my total lack of blog hopping and updating my own blog.
I’ve been able to read a little again thank FUCK, but noticed my patience with mediocre books has become pretty much non-existent. If it still hasn’t drawn me in by 20%, I won’t waste my precious reading time by continuing to try. And this is coming from the person who only DNF (did not finish) a book twice in the past 7 years or so. And those were because they were literally unreadable (hello James Joyce).
Then there are those books I’ve started at the height of my barf fest. Looking at their titles now brings on another wave of nausea meaning I am literally making myself sick when trying to read them. Massive apologies to the authors and publishers, but that’s a definite no-no for now. I’m not getting paid enough for that! And even if I were, I still wouldn’t do it.
Because this whole thing leaves me with a conundrum the size of a Frankfurter bratwurst, I decided that to be able to keep on blogging and reading, I have to set some new guidelines.
1. I am no longer accepting ANY review requests whatsoever
I’ve already shut that section down a while ago but sometimes, I’d make an exception for an author friend or something that just peaked my interest. Not anymore.
2. Apart from the ones I already have, I will stop reviewing ARC’s unless it’s something I’ve been craving to read for ages (yes GRRRRRR Martin, I’m talking to you there!)
3. I will only read those books that I have chosen myself and/or have been on my to-read list for quite some time.*
4. I will attempt to finish my Owlcrate copies but apart from that: no more YA
My heart lies with adult Fantasy, Historical Fiction, and the occasional contemporaries from all over the world. My focus will be on those genres mostly because I feel like the joy has been sucked out of my reading experience (hormones plus my own fault) and I would like to bring that awesome feeling back.
* Also known as the Say No to The Flow-principle.
5. More meaningful interaction with other bloggers
I’ve already been very fortunate to meet a lovely bunch of
coconuts bloggers from all over the world who have become very dear to me and vital in keeping up my motivation for all of this. Somewhere around the summer, I’ve started a massive blog hopping spree to spread the love. Which has not been a good idea at all because it meant way less time to read and write myself, spending 6+ hours every day to read the posts of hundreds of other people.
The main problem is that I’m literally unable to skim because I want to pay attention to the hard work someone else has put into his/her post. I also really like to avoid any fiascos by skimming and then not getting the true message behind the post. I’ve had a few people commenting “CONGRATULATIONS!” on a post in which I wrote about my father being diagnosed with cancer.
Now while I generally REALLY appreciate every single comment, this is not how I wish to communicate with others. Genuine interest = more meaningful interaction. It takes a little more time, though, which is why I’ll become more selective and thoroughly read those posts which seem interesting to me and/or from the blogs I enjoy the most. This will still be a fair number, but no more visiting hundreds of blogs every day.
I might’ve just portrayed myself as a total cunt, but gots to keep it real and fun!
“Great review!” is SO 2016.
Ending this massive wall of text (which I don’t expect y’all to read as thoroughly as I was just whining about in the previous paragraphs 😉 ) with a list of ARC’s/review copies that I will attempt to finish up neatly before making the transition to my own bookcase:
Riker’s Calling by Rico Lamoureux
Finished this one quite awhile ago.
Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley
Same with this one. And it sucked.
Freeks by Amanda Hocking
Finished this one recently and it sucked the life right out of me.
Of Fire And Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
My first DNF when it comes to an ARC. I just can’t pick this up anymore.
Reviews of these four books will be posted in due time.
A Star-Reckoners Lot by Darrell Drake
Sadly, one of the books which worsens my nausea even though there’s nothing wrong with it! Stranded at 30% for now.
The Magician’s Key by Matthew Cody
Same with this one! Stranded at 20%.
Legacy of Power by Fiona Tarr
One of the books I was already reading when the nausea began. Stranded at 15%.
The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
A physical copy was sent to me by http://www.socialbookco.com which is making me feel incredibly guilty for not being able to make their deadline, but just looking at this book makes me gag. While it wasn’t bad at all! Stranded at 10%.
Unfuck Your Habitat by Rachel Hoffman
This one doesn’t make me nauseous but furious with my husband so I’ve been putting it on hold at 15% as to maintain my marital status.
Haven’t started yet:
Battle Of The Bannockburn by Karen Gray
BIG And Small In The Mirror by Mary Feliciani
Fall From Grace by J. Edward Ritchie
The Dragon’s Blade: The Reborn King by Michael R. Miller
Giovanni Meets a Coven by Kathy Bryson
The Last Day of Captain Lincoln by Exo Books
That’s ten more books to read! With three of them being novellas and four that I’ve already started, I should be able to DO THIS!!
Especially before the wee one arrives and my life will most likely once more be deprived of reading ^^.