Good morning and Happy Sunday, fellow Saloners. I am up way too early this morning (for me, anyway), so I figured now would be as good a time as any to come in, issue a mea culpa for being such a bad book blogger the last few months, and spend some time visiting and catching up.

Sometimes I feel like the only posts I make anymore are apologies for disappearing for days and weeks on end. And that’s beginning to feel a little fake to me. I am busy in real life, but so is everyone else, and you all seem to do a great job of making time for blogging and reviews. Some of my problem is time management, and I know that. I spend a lot of time on the Internet, but because I don’t spend it blogging, I feel like I’m falling further and further behind. So from here on out, I am going to make it a point to spend at least half an hour every day writing and creating content for Reading and Ruminations, as well as The 1001 Diaries, a sister blog to Reading and Ruminations where I’m writing reviews for the books, movies, and albums inthe 1001 books. And with Book Blogger Appreciation Week right around the corner, what better time than now to get back in the game?

One of the reasons I think I’ve been slow to get back to blogging regularly is that I KNOW I have quite a few reviews backlogged (11, I think). One of my goals for the year was to write a review for every book I read this year. This is doable, because I don’t read hundreds of books in a year. Right now, I’m only at like, 31 books completed for the year (I was doing so well when I was unemployed…). But the backlog is taunting me, and with the exception of a few of the books, I am giving myself permission to skip those reviews. If I decide later that I have time and want to go back to review them, that’s great. And some of them I will review because they are review books, and that is the whole point of review books: to review them. But as far as the rest are concerned, I will just have to settle with knowing I read them.

Other than spending more time book blogging, I want to spend more time offline overall. Life is precious, and short, as I was abruptly reminded this week after hearing about the death of an acquaintance and former coworker: she was only 21 years old. And at the end of my life, whether it be tomorrow, or in fifty years, I very much doubt I will look back and say “I wish I’d spent more time online.”* So that’s going to be another goal going forward.

So after I get out of the shower, I am going to be turning on some music, grabbing The Little Stranger, and spending the rest of the morning reading and spending time away from the computer. Have a great Sunday everyone!

*I really have to credit Stephen King with this sentiment, as he basically said the same thing in Entertainment Weekly recently.