We had a nice weekend spent mostly at the University of Maryland, as we were enjoying Family Weekend with my youngest daughter. She and I attended Drag Queen Bingo and some other events, plus the football game (sadly, the Terps lost). So it was a lot of fun to see her, especially since the next couple of weekends are busy busy! This week is my 26th wedding anniversary (our trip to England was a belated 25th celebration), so my husband and I are going the beach for a four-day weekend. I think both of us will have to work for at least part of Thurs/Fri after being off so much last month, but it will still be nice to get away and spend some time relaxing (and reading!). Then, pretty much as soon as we get home, I’ll be gearing up to head to GRL (the GayRomLit annual conference) next week. October is shaping up to be almost as busy as September!
Which brings me to my next update, and I am SUPER sad to do this, but unfortunately, we are not going to be able to host Reading Challenge Month in November as I had hoped. My original plan was to push it back two months since we were away so much of September. However, I way overestimated how much I would be able to prepare in advance at the end of the summer, as we got ready for our trip and to take my daughter to college. And then I way underestimated how long it would take me to recover from being away and just get a handle on work, the blog, and life in general. I am just personally stretched way too thin right now for the massive undertaking this event requires. It normally takes me 2-3 months of prep to get it organized. And, unfortunately, several members of our team are similarly stretched thin and taking on the extra reading is a lot right now. So, I really do apologize for disappointing anyone. I know this is a favorite event, and it is one I absolutely love. But I just am not able to get it together this year for a host of reasons. I hope you all understand, and we will be back again with Challenge Month next September.
And my last note is that we are still looking for some more folks to add to our reviewing team. If you like to read, love to share your opinions, and are interested in reviewing in exchange for us providing the books, send me an email and we can talk further.
And with that, here is what we have planned for this week…
- Review: Bet You by Neve Wilder (Jay)
- Review: A Little More Trust by Pauley J. Rey (Elizabeth)
- Guest Post: Something Undeniable by Rory Maxwell
- Review: Fresh Ice by Marina Vivancos (Michelle)
- Review: Short Stack, Volume 2 by Lily Morton (Jay)
- Audiobook Review: Hell on Earth by Macy Blake (Kris)
- Review: Mother Parker by Rhys Everly (Veronica)
- Guest Post: Haydn by J.J. Harper
- Audiobook Review: Ambiguous by Leslie McAdam (Veronica)
- Review: Face Blind by J.L. Merrow (Camille)
- Guest Post: Huntsman audiobook by Morgan Brice
- Review: River Hag by Pelaam (Elizabeth)
- Audiobook Review: Cross by S.E. Harmon (Jay)
- Review: A Different Kind of Love by Kim Breyon (Michelle)
- Guest Post: Parasite by Ridley Harker
- Review: Bad Deal by Annabeth Albert (Kris)
- Review: Wonderland by Rachel Ember (Jay)
- Audiobook Review: Prince of Flowers by Nazri Noor (Michelle)
- Review: Heart of the Mummy by J.D. Sampson (Elizabeth)
- Guest Post: The Refuge Bid by Jude Treswell
And that should do it for this week! Enjoy!