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I’ve been reading m/m romance for well over ten years, at least.  I had to take a break from reading for a bit while I was doing clinical rotations during my master’s because I just didn’t have the time.  Before that, I used to be a very forgiving reader.  Even my profile says it because it’s true.  Or it was anyway.  I find that this time around I’m a bit less so.  I don’t know that my earlier reviews/ratings would hold up if I reread them today.

I signed up for an ARC service that analyzes your social media profiles, websites, etc., during their approval process, and it said that I am a strict reviewer.  Perhaps that’s true now.  I think it’s because I have less time and patience for things that I don’t like. I’m finding that I’m DNF’ing more books or giving them lower ratings than I used to in the past.  I want my ratings to have some value.  If I rate everything 5 stars, they don’t necessarily mean anything, y’know? The authors might appreciate the sentiment, but do they really value the rating?  No one wants to get a bad review, but how do you know what’s good if you’ve never experienced the opposite?  Reviews are all so subjective anyway. Just because l didn’t like it doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t.    I don’t know; maybe I’m just rambling…

I thought that I would pick out some of my favorite reads and covers for this past quarter since I’m procrastinating on finishing three or four reviews that I still have to post from the past couple of weeks.  Malum Discordiae also can go into the favorite covers as well.  It was a winner all around.  I’m still working on that review.  Always & Heated Rivalry can go under favorite covers, too, for that matter.

Favorite Recent reads for the first quarter of the year:

Recent Favorite Covers:

I still have reviews to write on Barred Desires, Malum Discordiae, Illicit, & How to Date a Dragon.   Now, I’m struggling with what I want to read next. I start a new job at the end of April and I wonder how much time I will have to read.  I will be working significantly more hours than I am now. But, it’s also significantly more money using my degree since I graduated at the end of last year.  So, I’ll be able to afford more books! YaY!  It’s why l tend to stick with KU books most often. 

I’m looking at upgrading/updating this site a little bit.  It’s been a few years since it’s been done. The current theme is no longer being offered or supported, and I’m unable to tweak anything anymore, so I want to change it.  I’d like to drive more traffic to it and ultimately get more people to review with me so l can offer a wider range of genres, so we shall see.  Those are my goals for this year.  Hopefully, I will be able to achieve them. 

I hope you guys have a great weekend.  I’ll get those reviews out soon!

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