I’m super-excited to have been selected* to attend the Penguin Random House inaugural National Book Bloggers Forum in Sydney next week.
I’ve long been an avid reader, but only started reviewing books (an unpaid gig sadly) late last year. I receive advance copies (which are sometimes yet to be graced with a final edit) and read an average of 3-5 books a week.
Some of my fondest early memories involve reading, books and stories and I’ve talked before about being *ahem* slightly (ahem) anal about my books and lending them to friends (as a child and now!).
Although I already had/have many favourites, I keep finding new authors I enjoy but am not really getting time to read any of their other old work as I regularly have steady stream of books waiting for me. Note that this condition is self-inflicted cos I keep requesting more and more AND while I try to have a night off reading now and then, I struggle and feel almost bereft.
For many MANY years now, I’ve allocated an hour or two to reading at the end of each work day. Living alone means I can do it uninterrupted. It’s always been a good transition between ‘work’ and ‘home’ and on days I don’t work it helps fill the only time I find myself feeling ‘alone’ – late afternoon and early evening.
I have to confess however, I don’t really know what I’m doing when it comes to reviewing books – although I’ve got a couple of University degrees and myriad of writing courses under my belt – I haven’t ever actually formally been taught how to write a review.
Indeed, those I share in my blog posts must break all of the usual rules as my personality and life intrude far too much in my writing. Yes, it’s all about me!!!
More recently I’ve tried to ensure the reviews I post on Goodreads and The Reading Room include a little less ummmm…. personal commentary
Financially attending the Forum is a bit of a struggle at this point in time but I couldn’t bear to miss it, and I’m bizarrely excited. Unlike ProBlogger (national blogging event) when I stress about what I’ll wear or how I’ll be perceived; I’m just keen to meet other book bloggers and obsessive readers. I don’t really ‘know’ any and am very keen to learn more about the craft and how to take my reviewing further.
Undoubtedly you’ll hear more from me after!
Are you a lover of books?
PS. Linking up with Trish and the Wordless Wednesday gang though this is far from wordless. Alas. (There are THREE pics though! 😉 )
* They possibly ‘selected’ everyone who applied!