I have come to the conclusion that I am feeling somewhat jaded in my relationship with certain sectors of the bookish world. There are still publishers who remain immensely supportive. Others, less so – I suspect I have been blacklisted by at least one, which saddens me. As a book blogger I am well aware that we are many and what certain publishers really want is exposure in national newspapers and magazines. I’m not going to stop reading and reviewing but am questioning the value of the time I devote to doing so.
With all this in mind I have been getting out and about more often to enjoy the local countryside rather than feeling a need to get through every ARC sent before it is published. This need to step back has been building for some time. I have come to realise that I feel more comfortable reading and writing without feelings of obligation.
In processing this issue I started to put together a post – writing helps cohere thoughts that are bothering me. It evolved into musings over the value of a review when it is written by a book industry insider: The value of a review written by an author’s friend
My September reads have been a mixed bag with a larger than usual number of disappointments – books that didn’t live up to expectations generated from the quotes and blurb (yes, I should know better and do more research). As well as reading soon to be and newly published works, several were plucked from my vast TBR pile. I have so many titles there that I am eager to read.
I reviewed 12 books in total: 2 poetry collections, 4 works of non fiction, 6 fiction (2 translated).
Click on the cover to learn more about the book. Click on the title below to read my review.
The Secret Life of Books: Why They Mean More Than Words by Tom Mole, published by Elliott and Thompson
Non Fiction originally written for Bookmunch
The Great Naturalists edited by Robert Huxley, published by Thames & Hudson
This is the second in a fabulous series – I am already eager to read the next installment.
Sunny and the Hotel Splendid by Alison Moore (illustrated by Ross Collins), published by Salt
My Book of the Month is a work of fiction that I urge you all to read.
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape by Peter Hedges, published by Fox, Finch and Tepper
As ever I wish to thank the publishers who send me their titles to review – the arrival of a book parcel remains a cheering event in my day.
My thanks also to those who share my words across their social media platforms. Your continuing support is always appreciated.