Monday Musings, August 11

I’ve been on a bit of a historical fiction kick lately.  One of my interests outside of science fiction and fantasy is Tudor history.  It started when someone loaned me a book by Philippa Gregory, and it has branched out from there.  Over the past few weeks, I’ve read The Boleyn Reckoning by Laura Andersen, A Dangerous Inheritance by Alison Weir, and The King’s Rose by Alisa M. Libby.  I’ve got several books, both fiction and non-fiction, on my wish list to get to someday.  Ah, that mythical “someday”.

That’s the hidden peril of being a reviewer: when you have an interest outside of what you normally review, you can’t always indulge it as you’d like!  In fact, I currently have an advance copy of Philippa Gregory’s next novel, The King’s Curse, sitting at home and I don’t have time to read it.  Too many other books are needing my attention at the moment, one of them for an upcoming blog tour.

To all of you reviewers out there: does anybody else have this happen to them?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments!


    • If you like history, they’re all interesting reads. Weir especially does great Tudor fiction and non-fiction.

  • That’s one of the main reason why I request very few ARCs–I don’t want to be locked into reading a specific title when my interest may be elsewhere. I have pretty varied interests, so I’m often reading books on a wide range of topics at any given time. My bookshelves look like they contain books belonging to about ten different people!

    • I’ve been scaling back on my requests lately. I usually don’t HAVE to read anything within a specific timeframe, but with the blog tours, I do. At least it’s just one book and I have until mid-September to read it! 🙂

  • I haven’t read any of Philippa Gregory’s books, but she’s on my list of authors I want to read. Scheduled reviews definitely get in the way of me reading what I want sometimes, but it has also exposed me to some great authors.

    Hope you enjoy your new book.

    • I like Gregory’s books, for the most part. I couldn’t get into the COUSIN’S WAR sequence because there was too little action for me, but otherwise, she’s a good writer. THE KING’S CURSE is about Margaret Pole, the Countess of Salisbury.

      And I’ve found tons of great authors by requesting review copies. I actually try to review new authors, because everyone needs a boost. 🙂

  • I don’t request many books to begin with, only the ones that really interest me, so I haven’t had this problem.

    • I try to only get ones that interest me as well… problem is, I’m interested in a lot of things! 🙂

  • I adore Philippa Gregory and her Tudor series!! I’ve added the other Tudor books you mentioned to my TBR list! Luckily for me I am just a hobby blogger so I never have to review anything by a certain date. I just review what I am reading when and if I feel like it. 🙂

    here is my musing:

    • I usually don’t have to review by a certain date (unless I’m doing a blog tour, which is a new thing for me), but I just hate to leave things for too long after the actual publication date.

      Have you read any other books by Alison Weir? Her research is really extensive for both her fiction and her non-fiction. I think I like her even a bit more than Gregory. 🙂

  • exactly!
    commitments to tours and reviews usually wipes our personal reading time unless I’m VERY intentional and just say, time for me! The annual Reading Just For Fun challenge is a great reminder to do that =)

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