Catching Up On My Review Backlog

[or, How I Write Reviews When I Barely Remember the Book]

I’ve learned the hard way that if I don’t write a review as soon as possible after I finish reading, it’ll take me forever to get around to it. At which point I’ll have forgotten everything I wanted to cover in said review, as well as the plot, the tone, the main character’s name, et cetera. Oh, who am I kidding; I forget the main character’s name while I’m reading the book.

Yet I keep telling myself I’ll write the review eventually, start another book, let too many waking hours go by … and before I knew it, I had 24 pending reviews. (Though in my defense, the majority of them are left over from Asian Lit Bingo / Readathon since I was focused on filling as many squares as possible.) 

There’s nothing like a bit of deadline pressure to make me finally get stuff done, which is why I’m writing this post! 😅 It’s partly accountability, and partly sharing some tricks I’ve used to jog my memory and get unstuck in case they might help y’all out too.

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TBR Alphabet Tag

While planning out posts for the next few months, I came across this tag from Haley @ The Caffeinated Reader. Not only did it look fun and relatively easy to write, it also gave me a nudge to declutter my TBR shelves 😅

(This post was written before I went on hiatus, so in the meantime I may have read or unhauled some of these books. But when this post was scheduled, all of these were owned-to-read titles, per the rules below!)



  • Name a book title from your TBR for every letter of the alphabet (can exclude words like ‘the’ if need be); these must be books that you have copies of and not ones you intend on getting but haven’t yet.
  • Try and include different authors for every single one.
  • At the bottom of your list put how many you could fill in (out of 26).
  • Tag other people to join in and link back to the person who tagged you!

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[Announcement] Going on (Semi-)Hiatus

tl;dr I’m going on hiatus until mid-December to focus on school and other personal commitments. Posts have been scheduled for once a week; I might sporadically bloghop if I have time, but I won’t be replying to comments or checking bookish social media. You can still contact me, though I can’t promise I’ll reply promptly.

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August Reflection

August was nearly over — the month of apples and falling stars, the last care-free month for the school children. The days were not hot, but sunny and limpidly clear — the first sign of advancing autumn.

– Victor Nekrasov

Can I get a refund on my summer vacation? I don’t feel like I had much of one, yet somehow the new semester is already upon me.

I honestly couldn’t summarize my August because I barely remember it; the most notable thing about the month seems to be that it’s already over and September is coming.

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State of the ARC: August 2019

This meme and the original header image were created by Evelina @ Avalinah’s Books

So as not to cancel out my participation in ARC August and Netgalley #Reviewathon this month, I put myself on a “soft ban”: only two requests allowed until I was down to my last 5 ARCs and had completely caught up on reviews.

Although I used up those requests pretty quickly because I have no self control, I’m pleasantly surprised to be down to my last two ARCs (currently reading one; the other has long been scheduled for a buddy read starting in September). However, I haven’t completely met my goal since I still have reviews to catch up on.

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[Blog Tour] Review: Mind Games by Shana Silver

A teen programmer at a school for geniuses must join forces with a boy she can’t remember to stop a hacker from deleting their memories in Shana Silver’s action-packed YA debut, Mind Games.

Arden sells memories. Whether it’s becoming homecoming queen or studying for that all important test, Arden can hack into a classmate’s memories and upload the experience for you just as if you’d lived it yourself. Business is great, right up until the day Arden whites out, losing fifteen minutes of her life and all her memories of the boy across the school yard. The boy her friends assure her she’s had a crush on for years.

Arden realizes that her own memories have been hacked, but they haven’t just been stolen and shared … they’ve been removed. And she’s not the only one: her mysterious crush, Sebastian, has lost ALL of his memories. But how can they find someone who has the power to make them forget everything they’ve learned?

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How I Created My Custom Rating System

I’d previously discussed my many frustrations with the default 5-star rating system, and even done some preliminary “research” into upgrades and alternatives. But I was so used to assigning one convenient — if somewhat arbitrary — number and channeling the details and qualifications into my review. Change is hard.

Then Bookending Summer came around, so it was easy to add it to my Tidyathon list … and never actually sit down to create a new rating system. (I didn’t get around to most of my Tidyathon to-dos; we’re only tackling one of them in this post.)

Actually, I’d almost forgotten that this was something I wanted to do, until I checked my post schedule and saw that this one was coming up. So in true student fashion, I procrastinated then wrote this under deadline pressure; I don’t expect the product to be perfect, it’s a process.

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[Bloggers in the Attic] Teatime: Diverse Reads

Bloggers in the Attic is back again! This month we’re bringing you different takes on reading diversely: how it’s changed or helped us, regardless of whether you identify as #ownvoices or marginalized.

The Bloggers in the attic is a discussion chain. And what is a discussion chain? Well, it’s pretty simple.
Me and [SEVERAL] other bloggers united together to discuss a common topic and sharing our unique perspective. Camilla @ Reader in the Attic created the initiative with the wish to create a discussion space that could explore a normal topic for different parts of the world.
The rules to participate are pretty simple. So, if you ever wish to take part in future discussions, just contact camilla. Topics will be discussed bi-monthly, so the next round will be up in October. 

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