I got an email recently asking me why the books I review for Friday Forgotten Books never seem to show up in my Current Reading posts. Well, it’s a good question and deserves an answer, so here it is.
It would be logical to think that if I show I’m reading an older book in a current reading post, that it would, within a few weeks, show up as a FFB review, but that’s not usually the case. I was in an APA [an Amateur Publishing Association], for many years, and I published a fanzine, The Perp.
This bi-monthly ‘zine ran about 20 pages and contained some editorial blather and several pages of book reviews, mostly – though not all – of mystery novels and short story collections. I have all of those issues of The Perp on the computer, and those reviews are the source for most of my Friday Forgotten Book posts.
I write some kind of review of most everything I read, whether it’s a “pocket review” in a Current Reading post or a longer review that goes into a file on the computer. If I read something old and write a review for it in my book review files, I may put it in a Friday Forgotten post sooner, but most likely the review will appear a good ways down the road.
Meanwhile, the Current Reading posts are just that, what I’m reading at the time and planning to read next. Not only do I get to share my reading, but it helps me keep track of the books my wife and I read, which is handy for my Books Read lists and reading stats.
Not everything I read finds it’s way into a post. If if I think the book is something no one would be interested in or if I really don’t like a book I won’t review it or mention it.
So that’s the answer.
update: power came on about midnight.