A Bookish Sort of Post

This last week has been busy with work at my non-writing job, packing, traveling, and family time. That means I haven’t gotten a lot done on writerly things, but that’s kinda what I expected.

I spent some of my traveling time getting caught up on reading I needed to do for reviews, so yay! Yesterday I wrote my first ever 1-star review, which wasn’t very fun, but I balanced that out by reading some of a very intriguing book yesterday evening in the car. The book is a historical fiction novel by Jocelyn Green called The Mark of the King. I haven’t gotten very far into it, but what I read was shocking enough that discussing it comprised part of our dinner conversation, and ended up with me searching the internet to see how accurate the book was. Needless to say, it was accurate, and I’m looking forward to reading more.



When I finally do get back into the writing-ish groove, I’m looking forward to querying for agents again. I enjoyed getting to research agents and learn more about their lives and the industry. I haven’t received any feedback or rejections for the last week, which is much more along the lines of what I was expecting when I first began the process. I had thought I’d have sent out more query letters by this time, but I’m not disappointed because life has been full and crazy recently.

And speaking of life being crazy, every time I hear somebody mention something about the New Year, or New Year Resolutions, it hits me that Wait a second! This is still the beginning of 2017! Because so much has already happened this year that it feels like it’s been 2017 for forever. (Although, I do still find myself writing 2016….)


Working while traveling.

One of the things I’m looking forward to next month is getting to review The Lost Girl of Astor Street on it’s release date of Febuaray 7th. (You can read more about it on Amazon and Goodreads.) You might have heard me excitedly talking about this book, and that’s because I’ve wanted to read it for a looonnnggg time. I read the book two weeks ago, and it was so different from what I was expecting. It was captivating though, and even though I received a free e-copy in exchange for a review, I also just pre-ordered a hard copy to add to my bookshelf.

And now I’m off to another busy day with my non-writing job. I hope y’all are having a fantastically wonderfully blessed day!

(By the way, have you ever had to write  a 1-star review? If so, is that the kind of thing that bothers you, or were you more like “The book was horrible! It deserves a bad review!”?)


7 thoughts on “A Bookish Sort of Post

  1. Olivia says:

    Love the update 🙂 And I agree. It feels like it has been 2017 for ages, yet at the same time I’m shocked it’s always February!!

    I usually hate writing 1-star reviews. Thankfully I’ve only written a few and I’ve learned to word things in a certain way so that I’m not trashing the author or my testimony. Sometimes it’s just my opinions which isn’t as hard, but when content wise it’s not very good I have a hard time being nice! 🙂

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    • aidylewoh says:

      Yes! I try and make sure that I don’t say anything bad about the actual author, because the author isn’t what I’m rating. 🙂

      I think it might partly be how the weather has been, also, (and probably now being in Florida), but it totally feels more like March or April than January!


  2. Tarissa says:

    Looks like you’re having fun. 🙂

    I know writing a 1-star review can really be tough! I’ve done it myself a few times now, and I never enjoy writing them. Usually I can only give a book a 1-star review if the content is atrocious, and never ever would I be able to even think of suggesting it to another person. I try to keep these reviews simple, state my preferences, and not point fingers at the author. :p

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    • aidylewoh says:

      There have been books before that I’ve gotten to review that I was very uncomfortable reading, so I requested that I wouldn’t have to review them. This book didn’t actually have anything in it that I thought was bad to skim read, but it just wasn’t something I agreed with. So, this was my first 1-star review.
      And yes, I tried to keep it quite simple. 😉


  3. ladyelasa says:

    I’m glad you’re having fun in sunny Florida. ^ ^ What area of Florida do you like the most? I frequent the state since I’m right next door in Georgia.


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    • aidylewoh says:

      That’s cool that you’re from GA! We have a bunch of friends who live there, and our pastor’s wife is actually from GA, we all love her accent. =)
      I’ve spent a lot of time near Orlando in the retirement village where my grandma lives, so that’s probably my favorite place in Florida. 😉

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