Thursday, January 01, 2015

Looking Ahead to 2015

Pierre-Auguste Renoir: "Gabrielle lisante" and "Liseuse a la Venus"
Happy New Year! In 2014, I became more organized in my reviewing. I thought I would continue along the same lines in 2015.
  • Mondays. Alternating historical fiction and nonfiction; all audiences (mg, ya, adult)
  • Tuesdays. Specultative fiction. Science fiction and fantasy; all audiences (mg, ya, adult)
  • Wednesdays. Alternating "war" reads (World War I, World War II. both fiction and nonfiction) with vintage between-the-war reads*; all audiences (mg, ya, adult)
  • Thursdays. Free days! (mg, ya, adult) 
  • Fridays. Free days! (mg, ya, adult)
  • Saturdays. Dedicated to young readers. Reviews of board books, picture books, early readers, early chapter books, etc. I'LL BE REVIEWING A DR. SEUSS BOOK EACH AND EVERY SATURDAY in 2015. I'll be approaching his books chronologically.
  • Sundays. Each Sunday has a theme of sorts.
  1. First Sunday: New-to-Me Series. Series can be any genre for any audience (mg, ya, adult)
  2. Second Sunday: Children's Classics. Children's Award Winners.
  3. Third Sunday: Victorian Classics 
  4. Fourth Sunday: Revisiting Favorites** or My Year with OSC
  5. Fifth Sundays: Reviewing Short Stories
*books published between 1914-1945
**I should have decided by now if my focus will be on rereads (of all sorts) OR on reading and rereading Orson Scott Card. It wouldn't just be rereading because there are plenty of his books that I haven't read yet. There are so many books I do want to reread, it would be nice to have a decided place to schedule them. But. There are so many books I haven't read yet that I do want to get to this year.

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Suko 4:50 PM  

Happy New Year, Becky! I always enjoy visiting your blog.

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I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

I also review adult books.

I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

If you're interested in sending me a review copy of your book, I'm happy to hear from you. Email me at laney_po AT yahoo DOT com.

You should know several things before you contact me:

1) I do not guarantee a review of your book. I am just agreeing to consider it for review.
2) I give all books at least fifty pages.
3) I am not promising anyone (author or publisher) a positive review in exchange for a review copy. That's not how I work.
4) In all of my reviews I strive for honesty. My reviews are my opinions--so yes, they are subjective--you should know my blog will feature both negative and positive reviews.
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