Confessions of a Workaholic Turned Book Reviewer

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IMG_7756A week or so ago, having joined a closed group started by a marketing consultant friend on Facebook, I came up with what seemed to me at the time a wonderful idea.IMG_1250


I am not a person who understands much about moderation.

I am a person who makes daily to-do lists, then amended and enhanced to-do lists for weekends; my weekend lists incorporate all unfinished tasks from the Monday through Friday lists, along with additional items especially designed for weekends.

I am convinced that weekends begin on Friday mid-day and end at sunrise on Monday.  They do not include any time for the standard “weekend” activities–relaxing; going to movies, museums, ballgames, campgrounds.  They never include napping, although I frequently include that on my lists.

These are excellent lists: organized, neatly written on narrow-ruled legal pads, re-written for appearance if I get sloppy with, say, taking notes during a phone call, which much to my disappointment, I often do.   I am an Olympic-quality list maker.

I am also an unredeemed workaholic.IMG_2566IMG_1228




So–my wonderful idea.  I posted an “update” in the group, offering to write an extended and elaborate review of anyone’s book on my website/blog.  I had just published one review, and I posted a link so people could get an idea of what they might expect for their books.

On the one hand, I would write more than the usual paragraph or two, and would include images and passages from their texts and fuller and more personal author biographies; on the other, this review would take more time and they could be waiting as much as a month.  I even offered to write one of those Amazon “quickies” as soon as I had finished reading the book and while I was working on the longer piece.

What did I think?  That no one would take me up on the offer of an elegant and very personal review that would go out automatically to most of the social media–Free??Editing pic

I am now piling up books for review in every possible form: digital manuscripts on my laptop; ebooks on my Kindle; even actual Books (remember those?) arriving via the United States Postal Service.  They include a Civil War novel; a collection of letters; an espionage novel; a series of fairy tales for adults; two memoirs (three memoirs as of this draft); and a 700-page work of “historical fantasy.”

In my usual approach to any project, I have a need to plan and prepare ahead (remember those lists).  What this particular inclination looks like in this particular situation is: as I was reading the Civil War novel and waiting for those War letters to arrive, I set up, titled, jotted down some notes, and found appropriate images for every single book I’ll be reviewing.  The result is that I have four or five reviews up and ready for me to begin writing.  A lot like the horses walked into the starting gate at the Kentucky Derby.

The queue is long and getting longer.


A friend asked me just two days ago what I would do if someone sent me a book that was really, really bad.

Isaac at Work

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One Response to "Confessions of a Workaholic Turned Book Reviewer"
  1. Anonymous says:

    I thought I was a workaholic, mind you I write for 10 hours a day, look after 5 cats, 6 dogs, 2o chickens and some local wildlife! I read for professional reasons too. Must be careful ” All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” I play tennis 8 hours a week. That way I only see my friends “in court”!

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