A note I received…

Is anyone interested in helping this author by reviewing her books? Send me your contact info and I will gladly share her information.

“Thank you so much for reading/reviewing my children’s books last year.

I’m running an ad in Publishers Weekly’s children’s book edition next month and trying to build more reviews (Amazon, Goodreads or social media posts) 🥰

If you know avid readers, parents or teachers who might be interested in reviewing my books, could you please share my information?”

Trader Joe’s Frozen Food

Trader Joe’s frozen food

The above linked article shows the best and worst of Trader Joe’s frozen meals. I’ve tried some of these and somewhat agree to them. The article is written with humor, so it’s fun to read if nothing else.

Food, Cuisine, Ingredient, Dish, Aburaage, Duck meat, Tofu, Muscovado,
I agree with the author. A hard pass on this one.
Food, Dish, Cuisine, Ingredient, Foie gras, Pork pie, Duck meat, Animal fat, Produce, Meat,
Taste-wise, these are great. Calorie-wise, not so much.
Dish, Food, Cuisine, Ingredient, Produce, Gnocchi, Cauliflower cheese, Canjica,
We get these a lot, but there’s way too much sauce on them, so we get a package of plain gnocchi and add it in to make a delicious meal.

I have tried some of these and made my own comments above. I hope TJ’s keeps selling most of the items on the list. Yum.

Review Requests

I am asked to review books from time to time. I usually enjoy this. Sometimes, though, the author has a deadline. I really and truly understand this. If I am unsure about being able to hit the deadline, I let the author know before I accept the task. After that, it’s the author or publishing company’s call if they want me to do the review or not.

Recently, I was asked to read a 5 book series with a due date in 3 weeks. I don’t start school again until the day before the due date, so I accepted. 3 weeks is pushing it a little, but I’ll give it a shot.

A week has gone by already, and I haven’t received the material. How do they expect me to get it read and written if they don’t send it? This isn’t the first time this has happened. It’s just the first time with this particular author. It’s hard to meet deadlines if no one else is meeting them.

Pre-planning

Usually, when I review books, I post them right away. This year, I’m trying something different, in the interest of posting something daily.

I don’t think anyone other than those who follow my reviews on Goodreads or who are in bookclubs with me might know the difference.

I’ve scheduled almost a month in advance for the single post of the day. I hope I can keep it up.

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Catch-22

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I picked this up because of the PBS Great American Read list a few years ago. I found it tedious and boring. I put it down. 

I picked it up again for bookclub this month. I still found it tedious, but I had a deadline to meet for this one. I struggled through it and finished it today. The story was OK. I found it dated and that it tried too hard to be funny. 

Unless you’re reading it for a particular reason, I’d suggest finding something else to read. 

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Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines

Libriomancer

Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this book up for bookclub. It’s not my usual type of book, but I figured I’d give it a try. I really enjoyed it. The members of my bookclub who had read it assured me that it would be really funny. While I did find a lot of humor in it, I would not call it a funny book. 

I did enjoy Smudge, the pet spider. He didn’t have a speaking part, but he added a lot of levity to the book. 

I look forward to reading the other books in this series, eventually. I would definitely recommend the book. 

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Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells

Rogue Protocol

Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This third book in the series is just as good as the others I have read so far. I love the stories, but this one started out very slow, too. I had to finish it quickly to find out what happened to the characters. I’m looking forward to the next two that are already published and the 6th that comes out in April of 2021. 

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