Thursday, July 29, 2010

I'm at it Again!

Do you drive yourself crazy with self imposed rules?


July has been a great reading month, however,  I am behind on book reviews once again with just a couple of days to go before the end of the month. In case you didn't know this, I have my own self-imposed rules to follow. No book review, means I can't count it toward my monthly totals....LOL  (Do you drive yourself nuts like me?) I mean seriously who cares, or who would even know if I didn't post a few reviews, but added them into my totals. Is there a "blog-cop" checking up on me, or do I just enjoythe pressure, and having something to complain about?

Whatever the reason I read (2) wonderful books, and (1) okay book I need to complete reviews for.  Be sure to read the first (2) books they are awesome:


(it's awesome - review coming)


(OMG...I Loved it!)



(good...BUT.....)

Reviews coming....by July 31st.....or "I will be punished"....yep, that is what my parents did to me a long, long, long, long time ago, but who holds grudges?    LOL

32 comments:

  1. Well you wont be punished here but those three books look very very good.

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  2. yes I am counting all the book Ive read over the year and I dont count them until they are on the blog (mad really)

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  3. Looking forward to the reviews! In the meantime, I'll check with my library for copies. ~karen

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  4. I have heard of the Mitchell book, it's supposed to be really good but difficult to read. It's on the long list for this years Booker prize I saw

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  5. I think most of the pressure we bloggers feel is self imposed. I'm so glad to see you loved The Good Daughters since I'm expecting it.

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  6. Why yes, yes I do drive myself nuts with personal rules that I wouldn't really expect anyone else to follow.
    For instance, in my reading challenges, I cannot re-read books, I cannot have books that count for two challenges (no double dipping was instilled early in my life), and at least one book for each challenge must be something I would not normally read.

    I feel your pain and I sympathize

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  7. I'd really make myself nuts if I felt I had to review every book I read! Don't be so hard on yourself.

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  8. YES --- I have way too many self-imposed rules in life. Fortunately reviewing books in order to count them in annual tallies is not one of them :)

    I am very much looking forward to reading your review of Blind Hope. NO PRESSURE though - ok?

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  9. Seriously, I LOVE these posts where you insert that wonderfully cranky looking little girl...it shows up on my blog list and I have to come here.

    I have rules like that, too. Mine is...I can't start a new book until I've reviewed the one I just finished.

    Now that I see you loved The Good Daughters, I'm going on Amazon to order it (or preorder).

    I know, the book buying ban...but it doesn't apply if there's a favorite author with a new book.

    That's another one of my rules.

    Here's to breaking the rules!!

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  10. What a perfect photo! There are really no rules or 'blog cops', and most of our blogging pressure is self-imposed. Just remember... this is supposed to be fun!!

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  11. I also have a few self imposed rules about blogging and try to stick to them whenever I can. When I don't I just end up feeling really guilty, so I understand what you are going through. Don't be too hard on yourself though!!

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  12. Rules, schmules. I just posted a review for a book that I read MONTHS ago. Granted, it wasn't much of a review...

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  13. Hahaha too funny! I am strict with myself on reviews and deadlines as well. I HAD to finish reading The Exile of Sara Stevenson because I HAD to review it by yesterday so that I could include it in my year's worth of review totals. It's my blogoversary! :)

    Alayne - The Crowded Leaf

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  14. I do look forward to your reviews...no pressure though. I too drive myself crazy with self imposed rules especially when i think that i am not reading fast enough and my reading list is growing. But really that just takes away from the joys of reading : )

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  15. I have heard great things about David Mitchell's book - I need to read it soon! :)

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  16. lol -I'm the same. I don't count a book as read for the month unless the review is up. Crazy the little rules we set for ourselves - just more stress.

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  17. Diane, you are so funny! But I know what you mean, feeling as if you must do a review for each book for it to "count". Sometimes you can get by with just a mention, though! :)

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  18. I don't place hard and fast rules on myself. For me, the only rule is to review everything I read. Sometimes it happens right away, but sometimes it doesn't. I've also stopped keeping track of anything but a yearly total. I'm reading more quality literature, enjoying it, and the numbers have little meaning for me. Still, I hope you do review these soon so I can hear your thoughts. I'm especially curious about the Booker-longlisted Mitchell. I hope to read it soon!

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  19. I'm bad at following rules so I don't event keep a count of the books I read. I'd probably only disappoint myself with the low number anyway!

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  20. It must be the perfectionist side of us. Sometimes my self-imposed rules really help me stay focused and other times they drive me nuts too!

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  21. I've been hearing good things about The Thousand Autumns and now it's been long-listed for the Man Booker prize. It's going on my wish list for sure. I'm looking forward to your reviews!

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  22. LOL! I used to do this; not so much anymore but I do have my moments. I used to think I would review every book I read, but I'm so far behind that if I punished myself I'd be grounded for the rest of my life ;o)

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  23. LOL! I'm behind on book reviews too :-) I don't mind though - I'll catch up eventually and there is no way I'd not include a book in my end of month total just because I hadn't got round to writing the review yet.

    Good luck in your mission to complete them though!!

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  24. Totally understand 'the pressure'. I am just the same.

    Can't wait to see what you think of the new David Mitchell at any rate. I LOVED 'The Cloud Atlas' and am hoping this one is just as good! :)

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  25. I love this post! It's so true. I think we 'police' ourselves or we'd get nothing done!

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  26. I list all the books I read regardless of whether or not I review them. You still read them, right?

    I ADORE the photo that you included. My daughter makes that face at me at lest once a day. Makes me think of that creepy movie, The Bad Seed.

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  27. I'm looking for a book for the Nook and just might get The Good Daughters. Thanks for the suggestion! hmm.. I have to wait (it's not out yet).

    Rules... with the exception of June/July and the chaos from the move... I never start a new book without writing the review for the one I just finished.

    I actually start the post when I start the book so I only have to write the review so I have no excuse. I need to do this so I don't forget!

    Just remember we read for pleasure, enjoy the experience :)

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  28. I'm always behind on reviews! And I'm so good at breaking my own rules I've just stopped making them...:)

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  29. So funny but I am relieved to see I am not the only one! If I don't post a book review I don't count it towards my monthly 'read' total either :)

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  30. Nice to see I'm not alone in the stressful rules I make for myself!

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  31. I do the same thing!!! I don't have the exact same rule as you but I keep falling behind again and again on writing my reviews. I keep saying "I'll write it as soon as I'm done" and that almost NEVER happens.

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  32. i just wanted to stop by and say that the photo in this post is ultimately creepy...maybe I will rethink my self-imposed rules!

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