Ravenblog: October Reading, Week 1

I have a huge and growing list of books to be read, including ebooks and real books. I am starting to shift away from ebooks already, especially the ones publishers provide free as temporary ebooks. I can check out books frommy library for free and keep them just as long, but my library is not expecting free publicity and marketing from me in exchange for the chance to read the book for free. The reason people who write for online publications have a hard time getting paid much is that we are all so willing to give our work away for free. It takes many hours of work to read a book, formulate a review, publish the review (often on multiple sites including Goodreads and amazon), and market the review. If I were working in a publisher’s marketing division at $10/hr to review and promote their books I’d be making ~$100 or more per book, but as a private, independent book reviewer I am supposed to feel grateful that I am allowed to read the book at all, grateful enough to give away all the time and energy and writing that goes into my contribution to their book marketing plan. As just one blogger my quitting would accomplish nothing at the moment, but I am at least scaling back on reading temporary ebooks on principle.

What I am reading now:

– The Diary of a Madman, by Nikolai Gogol

– Without You, There Is No Us, by Suki Kim

– The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger

My To Be Read list-

– Unsaid, by Neil Abramson

– Gregory’s Game, by Jane A. Adams

– Relentless, by Cherry Adair

– Written in Stone, by Ellery Adams

– Alburquerque, by Rudolfo Anaya

– Black Irish, by Stephan Talty

– The People in the Trees, by Hanya Yanagihara

– Unnatural Creatures, by Neil Gaiman

– The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern

So far this month I have finished

– Under the Dome, by Stephen King

– Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs

– Kingdom of the Golden Dragon, by Isabel Allende

– Pomegranate Soup, by Marsha Mehran

– Austin City Limits: A History, by Tracey E. Laird (a temporary ebook)

I am aiming towards returning a lot of read library books on Friday, which means I have to read a lot of them, but as always I get distracted by other books. What are you reading now?

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Independent science nerd/writer/music blogger/arts enthusiast/theorist currently in Colorado.
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