Hiatus post

Oct. 8th, 2013 10:39 pm
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Okay, posting will be irregular or possibly nonexistent till Christmas, because I'm doing Yuletide.

(Well, technically, I'm not. Yuletide proper - one story, 1000 words minimum, write it any time after October 14 - wouldn't take that much time. What I'm doing, because I overcommit to things, is writing AS MANY STORIES AS POSSIBLE between now and Christmas... and of course, reviewing the books and movies and TV shows I'll be writing about. So I won't have much time to read Newberys or liveblog.)

So, yeah. I most likely won't be posting much or at all (except the Vaino review, probably) till after Christmas. We'll see what happens at that point, because I'm hoping to go back to college, but depending how my commute works out for college... yeah. :-)

Have a good autumn/spring, everybody! ^_^
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Okay, here's a question for my readers (loyal and, uh, anyone who happens to drop by *dry grin*):

Would you keep reading if I switched from a strict G rating on language to a loose R (i.e. dropping f-bombs and so forth whenever I go on a rant like yesterday's about Vaino)?

See, I feel like I can't be as scathing as I want in a G rating; I suspect this would be a much more entertaining blog, of the sort I'd like to read, if I didn't have to censor myself every time a Newbery book descended into the truly bad. But I don't want to make a major change like that without asking y'all whether you'd mind.

So. I'd put up a poll, but I don't have a paid Dreamwidth account. Please answer in comments (you can say as little as "yes" or "no", but I'd really appreciate hearing from all you lurkers who never comment, if you have any opinion):

"Would you keep reading if I switch from G-rated to R-rated language in my posts here?"

(Anon commenting is on. Anon comments will be screened, but if you're not an obvious spammer/troll I'll happily unscreen.)
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*pokes head in*

Sorry about falling off the map -- I'm having a medication issue and not really braining enough to Newbery. :P I'll be back when I can, hopefully in a week or two.
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Laptop screen dead. Ability to post tomorrow in doubt.
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Things are going much better now, but I didn't have any posts prepared for today, so Read All the Newberys will return next week. Thank you for your patience. :-)
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No post this week. Life is lifeing at me and I can't Newbery. Hopefully I'll be back next week.
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Before I forget - Read All the Newberys won't be posting this Monday. I've had some health issues that kept me from working on it; I'm fine now, but I'm spending the weekend working on financial issues that caught up with me while I was sick. I'll be back next week.
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Read All the Newberys is on indefinite hiatus due to me having health problems. Thank you for your understanding.
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I got curious about the number of male versus female writers on the Newbery list, and did a little number-crunching. OM NOM STATISTICS. Well, not actually statistics in a mathematical sense, I don't think (I have not very much math training), but there are percentages and ratios under the cut. ^_^

this post is long and full of numbers )

Feel free to discuss, critique, rework, graph-ify, or draw conclusions from my numbers! Conversation is awesome! But since I'm posting this publicly and it can be kind of a fraught topic, I will remind any would-be trolls who may happen by that I am the mod and I wield the banhammer. BOOM. ;-)
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Okay, that took me a lot longer than I expected, to settle in and recuperate and figure out access to ancient Newberys again! (Interlibrary loan, I love you.)

HOWEVER. And in a way THEREFORE. I now have an Announcement to make. I'm going to change up how I do this a bit. ReadALLtheNewberys will now update once a week - probably on Mondays - at which time I will post what-all-ever I've done that week, be it one chapter's liveblog or half a dozen "could not finish" reviews.

In consideration of this fact, I've changed the comm membership settings; I'm still the only poster, but you can now join the comm if you wish, instead of / in addition to subscribing. I figure some people may prefer to just visit the comm weekly instead of having SUDDENLY, ALL THE POSTS on their flists.
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ReadAllTheNewberys will be on hiatus from now till after Christmas. This is because I am getting ready to move cross-country (plans just finalized) and if I try to have library books around while that is happening they WILL get lost and/or be in the way. :P

I may jump around the list a bit, if I have free time, and do reviews of some books I own - Gone-Away Lake, The Cricket in Times Square, the Little House books. No promises, though. :S

However, I am moving to a much better situation (I am required to acknowledge that nobody could have a better library than the one I'm leaving), so posting might get a bit more regular after I'm settled again. :-)

Happy November and December, y'all! :D
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Uh. Sorry about the lack of content, here! My life... pretty much blew up in my face for a bit there, and I haven't been doing a lot of non-Kindle reading. (The annoying part about liveblogging these Newberys / Mock Newberys is, that I need my whole big clunky laptop to do it on. Otherwise I just wind up with books that I've liveblogged but not typed up the liveblogs. :P)

Also, it turns out that critical re-reading of a book you loved when you were fifteen is possibly the slowest and most painful thing EVER. So I'm being verbose and having a lot of thoughts! And enjoying the good bits massively! And... trying to strike a balance between defending the author and acknowledging problematic bits, all of which takes a lot of talking. o_O

(Also it's a very different book from the Newberys, which was kind of the point - both of the book, which seriously has a subplot ABOUT THE HORRIBILITY OF 1920s YA LITERATURE, and of putting it on the list - but it means I'm... un-hitting my stride, a bit.)

Also I might have 300 pages to go, so it's going to be a while. Whence this post. ;S
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All right, over half these Newberys are a slog, and I'd like this blog to be a bit more interesting for me to do. So! Introducing:

THE MOCK NEWBERYS OF THE PAST.

Which is to say: I am adding things to the list! I started with the other Little House and Dark is Rising books, because I am informed that "Dark is Rising" will make more sense if I read them all, and if I'm going to re-read the Little House books I am jolly well going to have Mr Edwards in there. ^_^ (I first read those books when I was actually four, so I am well fond of them from a nostalgic viewpoint.)

But then I thought: why not add lots of good books to whatever year they're eligible for? So - please, recommend me some books! This post will focus especially on books from 1925 (where I have reached) to 1940, but if you have something more recent, feel free to throw it in. I'll be doing another rec-me-stuff-please post at the beginning of every decade.

Criteria: book must have been published first in the US (or in US/UK concurrently) - or if you can't find that out they must have a US-based author or lead character - and must appeal to some age level included in "fourteen or under". And you must think it's awesome. That's it. :D

Lay on, Macduff! ;-)
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Read All the Newberys will be on official hiatus from now until August 15, 2012. (Depending on ~stuff~, I might wind up with a backlog of reviews after that and post more frequently for a while, but no guarantees. *g*)

Uh... have fun! Read books! Be awesome! XD *waves*

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