Reading dead until dark first so I can get a head-start on the Sookie Stackhouse challenge! I didn't purposely align the books in how thick each were; it just seems to have happened that way! But that's the order of which I'm reading.... I've noticed that I get really anxious when I have a huge pile of books to read. (whether I have to read them or not) It's weird, I get overwhelmed for some reason and have to chuck some books back into the return bin at the library...even though I really wanted to read them. I used to be able to plow through books easily. I'd be like: Five books? hah! give me a week. three books? cake. TWO? A joke.
Now I can't do that anymore; I think it's because I've decided to take reading slower and enjoy the content of the book. I'm actually absorbing the words and relishing the experience of reading. I like it better this way, although I miss the way I used to read twenty thousand books at lightning-speed. I wonder, have any of you gone through this before? And is it just a phase?
Also, I was wondering: does anyone have any complaints with how I review? Are there changes that you all think I should make? I've seen how other reviewers (like the book pixie or the story siren, for example) break the book down and rate things by category. Characters, plot, ending, cover, etc. I don't know if I could do that, I'd feel like I was tearing the book apart piece by piece. However, I do admire reviewers that can grade books like that. I can't imagine having to view a book analytically. (which is why I would never become an english teacher). I like reading the story, enjoy what the characters bring into the mix and then write up a review, gushing on how great (or horrible) the book was.
Whoaaaa. LONG In My Mailbox post, hah. But I wanted to address these things and hopefully you guys will give me your honest opinion.