a new book-review policy, plus goals
When I first started writing about books on my blog, my policy was “review every book I read.”
Well, that’s not really practical, nor interesting. I read lots of books, and not all of them are review-worthy. The latest Dan Simmons? Yes. A dog-training book? Probably not. Also, increasingly: so-so sequels, quirky one-offs that aren’t really that interesting but killed a few hours, childhood re-reads (who really needs a review of The House At Pooh Corner?)
So, what I may be doing is listing the books on my book-count page and sometimes mentioning them. If it’s a series, I may lump some of them together in one review. If it’s a bad series, I might just mention it in passing, in case anyone was wondering, but I won’t waste an entire post on it.
For instance, my last audiobook: Forever Odd. The second in the Odd Thomas series. I finished it last night on the way home. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t anything groundbreaking. Mostly I just liked the character and wanted to hear more. The plot itself wasn’t that great. I’m currently listening to the third, Brother Odd, which I’m enjoying more. So maybe I’ll lump the two together. I go on sprees of reading lots of things by the same author, or great streaks of sequel-reading. Not always the best for book reviewing, although I like to make a note of it.
And I like to keep track of some of the non-fiction I read, which don’t necessarily merit a review. The Other End Of The Leash was really interesting, although I have no idea how I’d review it.
So. I know ya’ll really needed to know that.
Anyway. I have some autumn goals I need to write down somewhere. The ol’ blog is as good a place as any.
- Replant the sidewalk planter (the strip next to the street). We are thinking low-water. Lavender. Something native. Stuff like that.
- I want to work with Sculpey again. I loved making the mushroom trophies. I’d like to make some Halloween statues. I have a whole art room (now Finn’s room) and I want to play in there some more. I have one project I need to finish and then I can play with clay.
- Make a leaf-compost bin. Of some kind. I’m thinking free wooden pallets, tied at the corners, making a ‘box’ for leaves.
- Plant lettuce, fall veggies. ASAP. I’d like to make one more raised bed but I don’t know if I will get to it in time.
- Make my RIP list and start requesting books from the library. Yay! RIP! When does it start again? September?