Moved to self-hosting

I’ve decided to take the plunge and move to a self-hosted site. The blog’s new url is simply http://www.backchattingbooks.com. If you follow me, I would appreciate if you could update your links. Sorry for any inconvenience.

My new bloglovin’ is http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/10151389/backchatting-books

Weekly Wrap-up #6

The biggest review for me this would have to be Along Came a Spider. Yes there were other books, some of which were really good, but it was hard for them to compete with Nicky Blue. I’ve been playing a little catch-up while I wait Tuesday’s releases – Kitty in the Underworld by Carrie Vaughn, Home to Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak, Perfect Fling by Carly Phillips and Flirting With Texas by Katie Lane. Continue reading

100th Review

Part of the reason I have been so lax with my reviews this week is that I knew review #100 was coming up. I dithered because I couldn’t choose which beloved book to review. Should I go serious and emphasise my literary chops? Should I pick a humorous novel on the basis that most people enjoy a good laugh? I finally decided on Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost because I am a sucker for world-weary souls getting a second lease on life.

That’s a Wrap

Well, I only managed to read and blog four novels for my little Blogathon which is a pretty poor effort. You see while I read the books fairly quickly, I found I needed a few hours to cogitate before writing the reviews. I simply couldn’t articulate my thoughts (somewhat) effectively without stopping and doing something else. It was an interesting exercise of stamina but not one I think I think I’ll repeat. On the plus side, my to-read list has dropped under 100 books for the first time in a long while.

Blogathon Version 1.1

My attempt at a Blogathon on Tuesday was a complete and epic fail because I couldn’t get that many books on release day. I’m not one to call things quits that easily and I’m ready to try again now that I have about half of said books in front of me. So tomorrow I’ll give it another shot. Apart from losing my internet connection, having my computer and eReader die on me, or developing a mystery disease that can’t be cured with chocolate, what could possibly go wrong?

Disaster Strikes

Today has been a right royal pain. I got up at the obscene hour of 8:30 am (remember I’m on holiday time) only to discover that many of the ebooks that were due to be released today hadn’t been. No idea why. I bought, read and reviewed a couple of ebooks and then hung around until 3 pm.

I had pre-ordered lots of books from my favourite indie bookshop and was going to make the two hour round trip to collect them. I braved road works, traffic congestion and the nightmare that is inner city parking to get there just so I could spend the evening snuggled up reading but they hadn’t received their delivery. I just got home empty handed 3 1/2 hours after I set off. It could have been worse – around the road works I managed to get up to 20 km/hr in a 100 km/hr zone and didn’t have to use the handbrake more than once. Yay! 

Remember the Blogathon I wanted to run? Given my inability to source the books, I have managed two books in 9 1/2 hours which is fairly pitiful. Mental note to self, actually have the books in your hand or on your eReader before you plan to spend all day reading and reviewing.