A New Year begins

We hope you have enjoyed the Summer Series of posts so far.  There are only three weeks left of our reduced schedule and then it is back into the full flow of posting two reviews per week.

As always, we would like to thank our volunteer crew of reviewers, your support makes this all possible.   We have had some lovely offers of reviews over the past little while, and now that we are about to get under way with the full schedule, it is time for me to put my editorial hat back on.  If you have offered a review (or two) but have not committed to a date for sending those in, please do so as soon as you can.  If we don’t hear from you shortly we will consider those books open for other reviewers to choose.
We appreciate that life can get in the way of fun things like reading good books, so please just let us know with a quick email.

For those of you who have committed to dates, or are in the process of doing so, many, many thanks for your continued support.

If you have been thinking about sending in a review, you are most welcome to do so.  We don’t bite.  Much.  But as this year starts, we will be introducing a new requirement for our Review Crew.  Deadlines.  Both Tori and I have increased commitments at home this year, so our time is precious, and to help with the posting schedule we will now need any promised reviews to have an agreed date for submission.  Hopefully you won’t find this additional requirement to be too onerous.

Now on to some odd facts about our reviews to date.

We have published 112 reviews so far.  Most sit on their own with no surrounding books reviewed yet.

The most consecutive reviews we have is three:

536. The 13 Clocks – James Thurber
537. Gormenghast – Mervyn Peake
538. The Grass is Singing – Doris Lessing

There are a number of duos sitting next to each other, including:

37.The Book of Illusions – Paul Auster
38. Gabriel’s Gift – Hanif Kureishi

209. The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul – Douglas Adams
210. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Douglas Adams

310. The Passion of New Eve – Angela Carter
311. Delta of Venus – Anaïs Nin

698. Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
699. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

789. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
790. The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells

989 a. Monkey: A Journey to the West – Wu Cheng’en
990. The Princess of Clèves – Marie-Madelaine Pioche de Lavergne, Comtesse de La Fayette

Feel free to offer a review to fill in any gaps between singles, and maybe by this time next year we will have a larger run of consecutive books reviewed.

And following up on an earlier post about which 100 is the most popular, here is an update some six months later.

Books 1 – 99: 19 reviews  (5 more)
Books 100 – 199: 12 reviews (5 more)
Books 200 – 299: 16 reviews (7 more)
Books 300 – 399: 12 reviews (5 more)
Books 400 – 499: 8 reviews (2 more)
Books 500 – 599: 7 reviews (5 more)
Books 600 – 699: 6 reviews (4 more)
Books 700 – 799: 12 reviews (2 more)
Books 800 – 899: 10 reviews (1 more)
Books 900 – 1001: 10 reviews (8 more)

Interestingly this past six months has worked quite well in balancing out the 100s, but there is still something of a middle of the bed slump going on in the 400, 500 and 600s.  What do we all have against mid-20th century literature that it is the least reviewed period so far?

Happy reading everyone !

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2 thoughts on “A New Year begins

  1. Naomi January 13, 2013 / 9:06 pm

    I don’t think there’s anything against it, in my case it’s that I read many of the books on that part of the list long ago and want to keep reading ‘new’ books. But I’m going to make a mammoth effort to read books from the 400s, 600s and 700s this year. There are some I haven’t read 😉

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