Booked til Tuesday

Life, Law & Libros

Updates: A Floriday and a Reading Plan

10 comments
My Floriday (day in Florida) went off without a hitch. I made both my flights, survived them with minimal wear and tear, and got where I needed to go. It really was a short day, though. I got to hang out with my sister since she was my ride on the hour-long drive to and from the airport, but I feel like all but three hours of the day was traveling. (I know it was more than that, but it felt really quick.) Still, I got to see lots of family I haven't seen in a while (and heard many jokes about my pale, pale skin), got to celebrate the grandpa's 90th birthday and the grandparents' 66th anniversary, and got away without burning to a crisp in the hot Florida sun.

Me and my sister (you're starting to understand all the pale jokes, aren't you?)
I had a late flight back that night, and an hour's drive from the airport, so I got home around 1 a.m. Thus, I spent most of my 4th of July sleeping, Netflix-ing, walking the dog, and more sleeping.

What about you guys? Did you do anything fun over the holiday weekend?

Read:

I had semi-high expectations for Midnight Thief, especially after seeing so many 5-star reviews for it. Luckily, those expectations have faded in the year it's been sitting on my shelf, so I went in with mostly fresh eyes. Good news: it was a mildly entertaining, quick read. Bad news: see tomorrow's review.

Currently Reading:

I'm trying to do a bit of genre jumping back and forth to keep things fresh and keep the reading schedule moving. I did the math and, if I don't take Netflix breaks (as I'm prone to do) and read at least two books (from the review pile) each week, I have a shot at finishing them all before school starts.

Which reminds me...I've never done ARC's before (just eARC's) and am a little confused on sending in my review. Anya had a great post about when to send the email, but I feel like I'm missing a few details. Do I just email it to whichever publicity email I can find on the ARC? Do most of you prefer sending it ahead of time or later with a live link? Do you include the review copy in the email itself? Any and all thoughts are appreciated!

That's it for this week's happenings! Thanks for stopping in and check back tomorrow for my review of Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne! In which a thief joins up with assassins, things get stolen and people die. :)

10 comments :

  1. Happy 66th anniversary to your grandparents! That's wonderful.

    I got my father's coloring (pale, unable to tan, sun poisoning, etc.), and my brother got my mother's coloring (tans well), so I feel your pain!

    I took a nice 5 day weekend for the 4th, and just got back to work today. I did a lot of reading. I managed to knock out one 800+ page book, plus a few others. The 800-pager is Seveneves by Neal Stephenson, which I highly recommend.

    I don't do a lot of print ARCs, so other folks will hopefully chime in with more helpful info. But I would email it to the "general" address included the ARC, unless you got it by interacting with a specific publicity person. (That's probably the person who the "general" email would get sent to anyway.) I've always included the link when it's live, and I don't put the review in the body of the email.

    Hope that helps, but with my lack of experience, I have no idea if that's "standard protocol."

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Haha, in my family it's the opposite! My dad tans like crazy and my mom is pale. (My little brother used to be the palest, but he played too much tennis and got a farmer's tan.) A 5-day weekend sounds absolutely AMAZING. And Seveneves sounds really interesting, but perhaps a mite too long to fit into my current schedule. ^^; Thank you!

      Delete
  2. I am super pale. I totally empathize with you on those pale jokes! I totally love being pasty though -- have embraced it wholeheartedly! :D

    I've never requested a physical ARC either. It makes me nervous!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Nothing short of another summer of lifeguarding is going to tan me, and we're not doing that, so time to embrace the pale. :) All the ARC's I have right now are from BEA. As much as I prefer hard copies, I kind of prefer my advance copies in electronic form. I can buy the finished version if I love if and ignore it if I don't; and the easy reporting system doesn't hurt.

      Delete
  3. I've only gotten a few physical ARCs, I do mostly eARCs as well. But when I've gotten them, I send the e-mail with the link to the review, and tell them when it will go live. I also paste the review into the e-mail itself in case they want to read it earlier and so if they like it they can quote it. (Not that I think they ever will, but it happened once so I do it all the time now! *laughs* )

    I send the e-mail to the one listed on the ARC. And whether or not I send it before it's published depends on when I got the ARC. If I got it soon enough to read before the publish date, I send it in within a day or so of scheduling the post on my site. In case I end up wanting to tweak anything in the review. If I got it after the book was published, I send it in whenever the post has gone live.

    I know all about the being too pale thing. I'm half Italian (the blonde Italians, not the dark ones.) And 1/4 Irish. But I got the Irish skin. So when I was in theatre, they actually had to special order grease paint for me because all the light skin tone ones they had made me look like a horror movie monster. Way too dark for me. It was funny in a way, and also not because it annoyed the make-up people. Since the shade I needed, was then too LIGHT for anyone else! *lol*

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for detailing that for me! I'm kind of bad about scheduling posts ahead of time, but I think I'll have to for some reviews before school starts. As much as I'd prefer to send live links, sending stuff early would be a great way to force me to write/schedule the reviews now. ;)

      Delete
  4. Glad you had a good day in what I like to call Purgatory (when I'm in a good mood) lol ;) But at least you got to visit family so that makes it nice. Haha, I've lived here for 22 years and I'm always pale, the last time I got a tan was out in New Mexico. My holiday weekend was very relaxing, I'm house sitting so I had quiet to read and work and also binge watch shows on Netflix. I never go anywhere for the 4th, it's just too crowded with drunk people.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Haha, it can get hot down there! A quiet weekend sounds wonderful, especially when everything else is so busy. It's almost making me wish I hadn't booked stuff for this coming weekend. Reading and Netflix! Wait, no, no Netflix until reading is done. We will conquer this GR Challenge yet!

      Delete
  5. These are great questions. So far all of my physical ARCs have been straight from an author or a publicity group. I now have my first ARC straight from the publisher, and I hadn't even thought of sending it anywhere besides GR and Amazon! Hmm

    Oh man, now I'm nervous about reading your review tomorrow! But I think it sounds so good I'm going to request it at the library still :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Just because there's no way I'll remember once school starts, I'll probably send the publishers links/review copy ahead of time if I can (and hopefully remember to add the review to Amazon once it goes live on the blog).

      Mwahaha, be afraid! But no, it's not as bad as all that. Just not as wow as I was hoping. ;)

      Delete