I just want to take a minute to say, we ALL know how insane this month has been in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lexington had it’s first confirmed victims of the outbreak in the first week of March, and from there, the state of Kentucky – and the rest of the country- has been trying to remain calm and face all the challenges that arise.
We’ve all been dealing with information overload, and obsessing over every update, every change, every cancellation that has come up. We’re all worried about the economy and the effects of this pandemic. We’re all trying to to keep ourselves and our family safe.
Right now, I am planning to fulfill the review requests that I have received prior to the pandemic and carry on my scheduled posts for April. However, with the uncertainty of what is to come, I am no longer taking review requests, and planning a hiatus for May. I’m sure I’ll have plenty of reading time, but I want to take as many things as I can off of my plate during this stressful time. My head is just not in the game here, and it’s been really difficult for me to focus on anything but my loved ones and work at this time.
I know and hope many of you will understand and respect this decision.
Now, I would like share what I managed to review over this chaotic month:
- The Death of Santini by Pat Conroy
- The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix Harrow
- The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
- Break Your Glass Slippers by Amanda Lovelace
- Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer
- So We Can Glow by Leesa Cross-Smith
- The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J Ryan Stradal
- Another Ruth by Rita Kuhn
I also talked about some favorite authors- Paula McLain, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Fredrik Backman- as well as shared about the Kimmery Martin event in Lexington, and also gave a list of recommended books about music. I also put the spotlight on a pile of bloggers who discussed Edelweiss and ARCs, and then shared a list about blogging discussion podcasts and controversial blogging topics.
Mind you, most of these reviews and posts were scheduled by the end of February and beginning of March, and as of now I’m trying to fill out April. As I said, I will post what I have read over the past month and what I’ve promised to those who requested reviews. It’s tough to take this decision, but at the same time, I know that I’m not giving you all my best effort. I want to make sure that when you visit TLB, you’re getting the information you want and deserve.
Please take care of yourselves, and know that I’ll be around checking on things from time to time, so still feel free to reach out.
All my best,
Amanda, The Lexington Bookie