I return!

Yup, my hiatus is up at last, and I’m returning to the world of blogging. I’ve been making a bit of an effort these past few days to get back into the swing of things, catching up on other blogs, commenting more on Twitter, just so that it all isn’t such a shock to my system, so to speak.

So now that I’m back, what can be expected?

Well, for one thing, about 24 new reviews. No fear, I’m not going to dump them on you all at once. They’re definitely going to be spread out. I’m thinking of 2 reviews a week until I’m caught up… at which point more time will have passed and I’ll have an entirely new batch of reviews to catch up on. The cycle never ends.

But you know, that’s good. Events of the past few months have taught me that among other things, my health is not certain. I haven’t been working for about 2 months now, not because I was fired of laid off or quit, but because I haven’t been able to. Due to bleeding problems and an as-of-yet undiagnosed underlying condition, my hemoglobin count went through the floor, fatigue caught up with me, and I haven’t been able to keep myself together enough to reliably go to work every day. For weeks I’d sleep for 9 hours at night, take a nap in the afternoon, and walking for 15 minutes at a pace that old grannies could beat would just tire me out too badly to do much else that day. Climbing the single flight of stairs to my apartment left me with a pounding heart and out of breath. My doctor put me on leave, knowing there was no way I could handle 8.5 hour shifts 5 days a week in that condition. I have a minor surgery scheduled for this Friday. Hopefully after that things will start improving. (People who follow my personal Facebook account have no doubt heard me rant about this more than once…)

But my point is that I’m not sure, and if things don’t go as well as I hope, I might end up battling major fatigue and other health problems all over again. I may not have the energy or the will to keep up with blogging again at some point, and to be frank, knowing that I have about 3 months worth of posts stored up gives me a lot of leeway. If I need to take a break for a couple of weeks while I pull myself back together, I can, and I can do so without disrupting the blog again. It’s worth me spending a couple of days writing reviews like a mad fiend, to have that peace of mind for if things go wonky once more.

So what’s on the review chopping block? What books have I read over the past while that you’ll see reviews of here? Let’s take a look at the final list:

Main list

Nexus, by Ramez Naam
Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes
Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
The Hobbit, by J R R Tolkien
A Natural History of Dragons, by Marie Brennan
The Tainted City, by Courtney Schafer
Son, by Lois Lowry
The Magicians, by Lev Grossman
I am Legend, by Richard Matheson
The Nightmare Affair, by Mindee Arnett
Exile, by Betsy Bornbusch
Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman
Another: volume 1, by Ayatsuji Yukito
Knife Sworn, by Mazarkis Williams
Firebrand, by Gillian Philip
Indigo Springs, by A M Dellamonica

Valdemar novels (by Mercedes Lackey)

Take a Thief
Brightly Burning
Exile’s Honor
Exile’s Valor

I mention the Valdemar novels seperately because (drum roll, please)… I’ve finished the Great Valdemar Reread! I have now finished reading all Valdemar novels currently published! And as before, to avoid overloading readers with a month of nothing but Valdemar reviews, I’ll be spacing these ones out with the rest, to make everything more balanced.

Out of 24 novels, 9 were review copies, so I got to catch up on some of those, too, without feeling pressured. That was one of the reasons I initially took the hiatus from blogging. I felt like I had so many review copies, so many authors and publishers that were waiting for a return on their investment in me, that it all just got to be too much. Though I wanted to read, and indeed was reading a lot, I didn’t feel like I could read what I wanted to. How dare I read another Valdemar novel when I had so many ARCs piling up? Too much pressure, and it made reading less enjoyable because of the guilt.

Funny how taking a break and telling myself that it’s okay to read what I want to read, no matter what it is, results in me reading 10 ARCs and that count being over 40% of what I read anyway.

So enough rambling in this entry! I’m back, and now I’ve got a ton of reviews to write up!

Ah, it’s good to be back!

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