New Book Review Schedule for 2018

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Throughout 2017, I have been doing a book review per day. I will end the year with a total of 365 reviews, which, when added to the reading I do just for pleasure, will mean that I will have read over 400 books this year. It’s been fun, and educational, but the press of other writing and non-writing projects have taken their toll. When I did my annual eye exam in late-November 2017, I was informed that, while my distance vision had improved, my lack of binocular vision, due to a childhood accident, meant that I’ve been reading with only one eye. Even with store-bought readers, that one eye was just reading enlarged text. I was given prescription reading glasses, which, to my surprise has made quite a difference. What it means, though, is that I need now to use reading glasses, not just for reading books, but when I’m on the computer as well.

Because of this, I have decided to set a new reading and reviewing schedule for 2018. Beginning in January 2018, I will only do one book review per week on this site. I still have to do a lot of reading as I research my own books, and I’d like my eyes to be able to reach the end of next year without any further degradation of visual acuity.

Thanks to all my readers who have reacted to my daily reviews, and here’s hoping you’ll keep reading the reduced schedule.

8 thoughts on “New Book Review Schedule for 2018

    dancingpalmtrees said:
    December 17, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    I completely understand. I too only use one eye my right eye to read as the retina of my left eye was damaged by a stroke in 2008. I make sure that I get my annual eye check ups with an eye specialist every year. This year I gravitated toward Audio Books since my eyes get tired easily. I will stick with your blog.

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      Charles Ray responded:
      December 17, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      Glad you’ll still be a reader. Hope to fill in the book review blanks with other interesting content. Take care and stay well.


    Yvonne Hertzberger said:
    December 17, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    We have certainly appreciated your reviews. I can’t even imagine getting so much reading and reviewing done, let alone adding research and writing. I suspect we are relatively close in age. I, too, am finally faced with the news that I can no longer expect perfect vision even with prescription glasses. Isn’t growing older fun. Not. Have a wonderful holiday season and I hope the coming year sees you healthy, happy, and productive. ❤

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      Charles Ray responded:
      December 17, 2017 at 6:06 pm

      Thanks. It has been a fun year, but I found that I could no longer keep the same reading schedule and get other important projects done. Not that I’m working any less, mind you, just allocating my time to different projects.

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    dvberkom said:
    December 17, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Holy cow, Charlie! That’s quite a schedule. I can’t even imagine reading 400 books in one year, let alone 4 or 5 🙂 Take care of your eyes, and have fun with all that research and writing! Have a great holiday, D


      Charles Ray responded:
      December 17, 2017 at 6:08 pm

      It was actually funny. My distant vision improved, but I discovered that I now need prescription reading glasses. Now, though, I hope to get more research done, and hopefully convert that research into books that people will find enjoyable.


    ccyager said:
    December 18, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Take care of your eyes, Charles! They are precious. You are smart to cut back on the reading for book reviews. All the best in 2018!


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