Thursday, October 21, 2010

Do you read when you’re sick?

Ugh, the flu. Forty-eight hours on the couch seems like an ideal opportunity to get some serious reading done. But when I’m sick, I always seem to end up watching a zillion hours of television I usually wouldn’t even glance at. Reading requires investments of thought and energy that watching television doesn’t. Besides, if I have to get up to vomit or fall asleep sometime during the middle of a show, I’m not really missing anything, right?

What about you? Do you read when you’re sick?

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Knight of Passion by Margaret Mallory

This blog was inactive for so long that there are quite a few reviews that didn’t make it here. So I’ve decided to make Saturdays recap days.

Knight of Passion by Margaret Mallory was such a fun book to review because my husband helped me make the video. We had a blast pretending to model for the cover of a romance novel! He even let me smear his chest with Victoria’s Secret bronzer. He smelled like a pretty lady all day.

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Reviewer’s Dilemma

Lately I’ve been thinking about how I want to approach these book reviews.

I don’t want to savage anyone’s work; I know how hard it is to write a book—even a bad one. But I’m not the fastest reader, and I’ve committed myself to one hundred reviews. I don’t have the luxury of skipping books that bored or annoyed me. So a couple days ago, I took the plunge and posted my first blatantly negative review.

In hindsight it might not have been such a good idea to start with an enormously popular book.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Vain Reviewer

I’m behind. I didn’t post a single review in September. It wasn’t because I lost interest or quit reading. I stopped posting reviews because my hair looked terrible. Really, really terrible. I know that’s not what I said in the video, but it’s the truth. I also know it’s vain. These videos require quite a bit of editing, though. And staring at ugly hair while cutting up a tedious piece of footage, listening to myself say the same thing over and over again, is a quick way to go crazy. Since no one around here really likes it when I’m crazy, I took a break.

Now that I’ve gotten a haircut, I’m struggling to catch up. I jumped back in with a review of Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross because it’s an easy book to talk about. It’s substantive, dark, and original. My kind of book.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

In The Beginning

As a family we’ve pledged to read and review 100 books this year.

No problem. That’s only two books a week. I can fit the reading in anywhere.

But making a video review of each book is turning out to be harder than I’d imagined. Two weeks ago I didn’t know Widows Movie Maker from Widows Media Player. And it requires a shocking amount of time to edit out all my incoherent babbling.

Still, I’m having fun. Yesterday’s review of Homecoming, Book One (Star Trek: Voyager) made my husband and oldest son chuckle. That’s worth a few extra hours in front of the computer… right?