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30 Apr

An entire month has whooshed by here on Blue Truck Book Reviews, like the breeze from the dance floor at a  wedding when you are small and playing under a table covered in a long white cloth. I haven’t been hiding in any secret places or doing much playing, but I have been very busy preparing for a huge and important event coming up on May 14: I’m graduating from college.

Because it’s taken me ten long, hard, rightful years to get here, this is an emotional achievement for me. So while I’ve been working hard doing all the things I normally do plus all the extra things I must do to walk across the big stage, I’ve also been careful with myself: making sure I’m getting enough rest and exercise; making sure my soul is fed with good books; making sure I’m allowing myself to be in the moment instead of feeling guilty about x, y, z, including  posting reviews here. I have been pleasantly surprised (One Was a Soldier by Julia Spencer-Fleming), utterly riveted (A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, and The Gospel of Anarchy by Justin Taylor), and left gasping with heartache and recognition at one of the best books I’ve read so far this year (You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon), but mostly I have been burrowed into reading for comfort, and for me, that’s one of the best being in the moments there is.

I may post reviews of these books and the others I’ve read since the end of March eventually, but right now, I simply want to enjoy my accomplishment to the detriment of most of my various pursuits (my job, my writing, and my new vegetable garden notwithstanding). I hope you are all well.

As always, happy reading.


New Meat*

17 Jul

Here I am.

Welcome, readers old and new. This is Blue Truck Book Reviews, and I am the queen of the world.

Wait, no.

If you know me from elsewhere online, you realize how much it has taken for me to get here. Maybe you were with me years ago, during a tumultuous time in my life when I made questionable choices, both on and offline. Maybe you met me on the tail end of that downward trajectory, maybe you liked me for screwing stuff up all the time, maybe you hated me and lurked; I’ll never know.

If you know me in real life, thank you, for everything I will never say here.

Most importantly, if you don’t know me at all, hello. It’s so very nice to meet you.

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I feel owe it to all of you to tell you what you can expect here on BTBR, so I have put together a handy list. (Let’s say it together, now: three cheers for Type A personalities!)

> I will only review books that I want to review. No one is paying me to do this. (Unless you want to. In which case, call me on the red phone.) 

I will only review books when I want to review them. I have a full-time life, in several senses of the word. I’m not going to clog up the already-cloggy anxiety works with some high-pressure schedule I set up in my mind.

> I will only review books that I have actually finished, and I will not force myself to finish one. My entire life, my mother has drilled it into my head that there are too many good books in the world to waste my time reading one I don’t like. And I do whatever my mother says.

I welcome your feedback, thoughts, comments, questions, hate mail, valentines, @’s, and carrier pigeons. I am a fan of the serial comma and also, on occasion, the non sequitur. Welcome.

*yeah, not really

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