There seems to be a common theme running among my Midweek Mash posts of late. Exhaustion and crazy schedules. While this pattern continues, I am pleased to share that I received perfect news from the neurosurgeon this week and can mark brain surgery off of this huge to do list. It was not on the top of my “want to do” pile as you can imagine.
I am however, still slamming coffee like it’s going out of style and want to share a mini review and quick debate on speed reading!!! So let’s go!!!
I had the pleasure of finally obtaining my copy of Folded Dreams- The Beginning this past week. This is an incredible short story by Pearl Kirkby @The Old Fossil Writes. I believe several of you are acquainted with her and her lovely blog. I hope Pearl does not mind, but I want to include a mini review of Folded Dreams this week. The story just moved me.
Folded Dreams-The Beginning
Author: Pearl Kirkby
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Genre: Short Story
When we reminisce, we think we’re looking back at past memories. But if Time is relative, rather than linear, exactly what are we remembering? The past? The future? Both? Folded Dreams – The Beginning was born in a college English Literature classroom, destined to become Folded Dreams – The Novel. Or was that the other way around?
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Folded Dreams – The Beginning intrigued me. How can you not pick this up with a synopsis like that? It called to me. This beautiful short story looks at life from an angle many fail to see or question. It is glimpse into the mystery that surrounds the very fabric of life and time, provided through the eyes of a child as she grows throughout the years. Pearl has certainly found a way to leave her mark with writing. There is a talent that bleeds through her words that is difficult to express. A connection is easily established with the reader and the experience feels personal. I cannot help but feel there is more to this short story than mere speculation or fiction. While short in length, Folded Dreams-The Beginning reads as only a story written with real passion can. There is an underlying importance and message that can be felt with each page. The perspective chosen for narration works incredibly well. Each reading experience is individualized and I would love to see what you take from this fascinating story. It is my understanding that a novel is in the works. I cannot wait to see where Folded Dreams and Pearl go from here!
Speed Reading & Reviewing
Okay, so sometimes I catch myself speed reading and I have to back it up a bit. I seem to be worse about this with eBooks, but it happens. I normally try to back track if I find this occurring on a title I am going to review. If you are one who can speed read, you know details can be lost in process. I have always felt like I am not providing a fair review if this happens. I am guilty of “skimming” if a title is too lack luster. But I openly admit this in my review when it happens.
Lately, I have noticed several reviewers (mainly that I follow on Goodreads) posting between 4 to 5 reviews a day! And I am speaking of titles that are easily 300 or more pages. That seems ludicrous to me.
I understand some people have much more time. I do on occasion, due to health circumstances. However, I could never read 4 books in a day and feel I have given them honest attention.
So I ask you this, what’s the deal? Do I just really suck at speed reading or is there something else going on here? Sometimes I sit back and wonder if they are possibly pulling old titles off of the shelf and just writing a review, but then I notice a lot of the reviews are for new releases. I feel skeptical.
I admittedly have even unfollowed several reviewers for this very reason 🙄 It just seems impossible and feels shady. Am I just that slow? How do you feel about this, or have you ever noticed it? I average 2 to 3 books a week when I am able to work. Maybe I am thinking about it too much, but a lot of time goes into my reviews. I know a lot of you work hard on your blogs. So how is this possible? They have mass followings as well. Thoughts?
Until Next Time
I hope each of you are having a lovely week so far and not spending too much time in front of the computer playing vids 😉 You know who you are haha.