It’s again time to share my weekly reads and other enthralling exploits. And when I say enthralling, naturally I mean ‘vaguely interesting’.
What I read
My weekly reading went almost to plan. I started the week with Confessions of a Once Fashionable Mum which I really enjoyed. Other than the whole ‘not being a mother or fashionable person’ thing, I could seriously relate to the self-deprecating lead character Ally.
I moved on (as planned) to Candace Bushnell’s Killing Monica and Nicole Trope’s Hush, Little Bird—a book in my genre wheelhouse and one I enjoyed. I’ll also be publishing both reviews coming days.
Book number four differed from that planned as I was reminded I’m taking part in a blog tour in July so, while I have some time until my review will be posted, I’m doing a Q & A with the author so needed to prepare and submit some questions. A Time to Run by JM Peace is a crime thriller set here in my home state of Queensland.
What I wrote
I started the week pondering my desires. And before you think that sounds creepy or salubrious, my contemplation was focused around our desire to be envied, or pitied. The consensus from my lovely readers was pretty much that the two words themselves are very emotionally / judgementally loaded. Many could relate instead to a desire for sympathy and / or admiration.
I posted my book review of Confessions of a Once Fashionable Mum by Georgia Madden—a book I’ve already mentioned I enjoyed.
And I ended the week with my interpretation of a Gilmore Girls 10 Year Reunion Show. There’s been a bit of talk about a movie or reunion show so I’ve made some “WHERE ARE THEY NOW?” suggestions. #yourewelcome
What I did
I haven’t ‘really’ done any pitching as planned, but did some planning. If that makes sense.
I’d decided to submit this piece on friendships to a local weekend newspaper lift-out; but when I examined the lift-out more I realised it seems to have themes on each page and none of which are generic enough for my piece. So I’ll look elsewhere for a home for it. I did however approach two other sources about writing book reviews for them—or more specifically if they’d be open to me regularly pitching / sending reviews to them for publication (and ideally, get paid). I’m not sure I’ll hear anything back… but you never know.
I accompanied my mother to a book signing for a local author of a slow-cooker cookbook. I introduced my mother to the Facebook group (Slow Cooker Recipes 4 Families) and the creator’s subsequent website, Slow Cooker Central over a year ago. The website development company I was working for assisted in the development of the crowd-funded website. I’m actually in the midst of interviewing the creator about her success cos the whole thing is astronomical. The FB group has grown by over 140,000 members since I’ve been following and her website stats are phenomenal.
Next week’s reading
As I didn’t get to it last week I’m planning to read In My House by Alex Hourston. And then I’m looking forward to a new arrival, The Other Side of the World, by Stephanie Bishop.
I hope to get more reading done, but my unwritten reviews are piling up so I might take a night or two off reading to catch up. And, assuming I catch up, according to my simple little Trello project management dashboard, The Dying Season by Martin Walker is next on my reading list.
I’m actually also thinking of starting to open comments on my book blog posts after a conversation about the issue on FB. I’ve kept them closed as I’ve felt bad for local authors who might not get many (or any) comments. And I’m conscious of my non-book loving readers who will feel obliged to drop by and leave a comment even if they’ve nothing to say on the book or it doesn’t interest them. I think I’ll trial it for a month or so and see how it goes.
What’s on your agenda for this week? Do any of the books I’ve shared interest you?