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Being the readaholic that I am, I have lists of lists. If you are interested in checking out what I plan to read and review in the upcoming months, go to Amazon and check out the wishlists of Julie L. Anderson. They are arranged by month (of course) and, if you can see the notes and priority, a couple of months prior to their release I arrange them by day of release in that month. So if you look at the 1008 wishlist (Oct of 2008), then if you look at the priority/notes section under each book, there should be a day (1, 7, 14, 21, 28, or 31). If you didn’t know, media is released on Tuesdays. The majority of books are released either the first or last Tuesday of the month! Some big authors (Roberts, Hooper, Lowell, etc) will have a mid-month Friday release (to separate them from the riffraff?) to make their books stand out. Finally, some publishers just say Oct 2008 so most bookstores will put them on the shelf on the 1st of that month (BAM is good about this, Border’s not so much and B&N varies). Now, wasn’t that more than you ever wanted to know about upcoming books and when to look for them?

All this is assuming I don’t receive an ARC (advance reader copy) to review. These are special early prints of upcoming releases that publishers and publicists pass out to review sites hoping to gin up some buzz on the upcoming release. Sometimes they look NOTHING like the finished product and sometimes the only way you can tell is a circular stamp-looking thing on the front cover of the book. If I get energetic this weekend, I’ll try to take some pics of ARCs for exemplars…

Happy reading!

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Fond memories

I think the first true novel I read was “The Exorcist” by William Peter Blatty in ’73 or ’74. I remember the movie had just come out and people were freaking out. My parents said I was too young to read it, so I begged a teenager at church to loan me a copy just for Sunday afternoon. I sat down and read the whole thing in about 3 1/2 hours. Mom caught me and grounded me (I would have been 11 or so) for a week, but I still think it was worth it.

I also remember getting in trouble alot because Mom or Dad would catch me reading in bed under the covers with a flashlight after bedtime. I got better at hearing them coming before I could hide the flashlight and book, but I still think it was worth it.

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Well, the kids start school tomorrow. As they’re both teenagers (16 & 17), that won’t really be much of a change to my days. I’ll still get up and go to work. But now, I get to make sure they’re conscious vs comatose when I leave in the mornings! Speaking of teenagers, especially male teenagers since that’s what I have…my youngest turned 16 on August 4th. He asked if he could invite some friends over. We settled on the 6th and so that evening there were 5 young men plus my two totalling 7. They remained downstairs for the most part, playing Xbox and on the computers and being loud like young men are. I think they don’t realize that deep voices carry, so they don’t think about how loud they actually are. Anyway, when I went to bed around 10:30pm, they were still going strong. My husband yelled down the stairwell to keep it down and they did fairly well. Now I get up at least once during the night. When I did so at around 3:00am, they were still going strong. When I got up and left for work at 6:30am, still going. What are they? Energizer bunnies? I guess I can vaguely recall having the stamina to stay awake that long! So, Thursday I come home from work, walk in the door, and…wait…what’s that smell? That’s eau de homme apparently. It’s a mixture of testosterone, sweat, and smelly feet. So now my whole downstairs smells like teenage boys. I figure I’ll just get a power sprayer and a bunch of Febreeze and de-contaminate everything on the lower level. Here’s hoping it works.

And just checked my book #s. Up to 556 for the year.

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I’m such a readaholic! People I work with often comment how they never see me without a book in hand. And that’s so very true. I’m always reading two or three books at one time…unless one grabs me and won’t let go. At which point, I finish it and move on. I lost count of the number of friends and coworkers who’ve asked me, “How many books do you read in a day/week/month/year?” And I realized I couldn’t give a good answer. So, in January of 2008, I began keeping track on Goodreads.com. Then I got a few questions from people there about whether or not I like the book I’d added to my Library. Next thing I know, I’m trying to write at least a short review of each book I read. Now I’m reviewing for queuemyreview.com which reviews all the romance genres. I’ve also had a few requests from authors to review. So here I am, reading and reviewing. And having a blast!!

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I’m back on my soapbox regarding the link between readers and command of one’s native language (whatever it may be). My two kids, boys 16 & 17, are big readers…just like me. They also score in the highest levels on the standardized tests in ‘language arts’. If you take the time to talk with educators, you’ll find there is a distinct correlation between reading and language facility to include command of syntax, grammar, and vocabulary. Nuff said?

Today is a 7! I got my car back!! I spent Saturday out in the middle of BFE reading as I waited for a tow truck. My timing belt went. You try finding a tow truck on a late Saturday afternoon. That pretty much shot the weekend to hell and back. But, now I have my own wheels again instead of borrowing hubby’s car while he rides his motorcycle (like that bothers him…). Anyway, read two books today…wrote two reviews, and now to bed!!

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Why is writing well in English a dying art? I teach adults a foreign language and it’s very distressing to see, day after day, what they consider “flowing, colloquial English”. Mis-spelling, poor contruction, bad grammar…what do they teach in English class these days? I realize I sound like an old fogey…but really people, this is your native tongue! Most other countries in the world produce fluent bilingual citizens at the least. Here in America, apparently we can’t even produce functioning monolingual citizens.

I think a good bit can be blamed on a decrease in book reading. I read at least one book a day. So far for 2008, I’m up to 302 books. That’s assuming I didn’t miss any. I never used to count until several people asked me how many books I read in a week/month/year, etc. I realized I didn’t know. So this year I’m keeping track over on Goodreads.com. I’ve been on a romance/erotica kick for the last couple of years. I still read the occasional s/f, suspense, history, non-fiction, etc., especially those by my favorite authors. Reading takes me to a different place. In some ways, I think it’s my escape. I’m just not sure from what…

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Today has been a 5 for injuries. I feel like such an idiot, but yesterday as I was walking in the parking lot of where I work…I tripped and fell…pretty hard. So now I have a bloody skinned right knee and wrenched my left knee pretty badly. So today I’m moving like an elderly person…very irritating. Since I’m trying to rest the knees, I’ve spent most of the day reading and reviewing. Now if only somebody would pay me to do so!!

If you’re interested in reading any of my reviews (mostly erotica and romance), check out queuemyreview.com here on wordpress, or jjmachshev on librarything.com, or jjmachshev on goodreads.com

And if any of you out there know someone who would pay me to read my minimum of one book a day…be sure and contact me!!!!

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