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Year 4 was a quiet one..

Happy Holidays – I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and / or other celebrations πŸ™‚ The new year is upon us: I probably won't post here again until January, so here goes: Happy new year everyone. I hope you'll have a splendid time, and a great start of the new year πŸ™‚

So yes, I'm still here. I still exist. This site isn't going anywhere, even though it has been abandoned in 2011, year 4 of Reading & Reviewing.

The simple truth of the matter is that I've been too busy, too busy to work on this project and too busy to even read a whole lot. I've been working on setting up my photography business (makin' it official in a few days!) and I've been keeping up with a part-time job on the side, as well as makin' home.

Prepping to go into business has taken up most of my time, and most of that work has been completed now. I should be able to breathe a little more in the new year, and I will find some time to work on Reading & Reviewing. I can't promise I'll post more than ever, but I do hope to bring it back to my usual post-rate starting this January πŸ™‚

Thanks for sticking with me despite my other priorities,
– Karin xo

Absence makes your heart grow fonder? Right?

As I'm working on a new review post, I figured I should also explain my recent lack-of-posting here at Reading-Reviewing.com. The project is still my baby. But my photography isn't just about this project. There's more that I aspire to do, more that I'm working on.

Two weeks ago, I got myself a new camera (Canon EOS 7D) and it was the kick in the butt that I needed to continue on with my regular photography, which I've been neglecting over the past year or so. Sure, I was still taking photos, but the passion was lacking, seriously. Having the new camera has brought back the excitement I used to feel. Since my last update here at R-R.com, I've been continuing to build up my portfolio, and I will keep focusing on doing that.

I just need to find a way to balance my passion for book reviewing with my reborn love for photography and expression, to keep both going strong. This means I will try to update again with more regularity, but it also means that sometimes, I have other priorities – and that I hope you'll stick around..! I'm doing this project because I love it, of course, but your support plays a huge role in what keeps me and Reading & Reviewing going.

My photography – mostly (self-)portraiture and travel – can be viewed at Karin-Elizabeth.com (under construction; another reason I wasn't around here much), deviantART and of course on flickr.

For those of you who use Facebook, you can also keep track of my photography via my facebook page.

Thank you for reading this. Back to getting that review ready πŸ™‚

Cover: photography by Karin E.

This post involves a) a book and b) a photo I took. And it has nothing (yet) to do with a book review.

First book cover!

Yup. It's a bookworm-and-photographer's dream come true. My photo (a self-portrait entitled <i>Spirit</i>) is on the cover of a book.

It's the Dutch translation of Michelle Paver's The Shadow Catcher, which is the first part of a historical trilogy. (Publisher: The House of Books; ISBN 9789044330762.)

I haven't read any of Paver's books yet, but – as you probably figured – I'll give this one a go when it comes out in June in The Netherlands and Belgium And I'll review it too, of course.

One review I can give you: this book cover? A++ πŸ˜›

GoodReads

Karin E. 's book recommendations, favorite quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists

I just re-joined GoodReads a few days ago. I don't know yet if I'll be adding my reviews to the site (perhaps excerpts or just The Nutshell), but it certainly is a great way to keep track of my reading. It's been fun to add my reading lists (which I've started in 2004) to GoodReads and GoodReads allows you to track your reading progress, which I also find handy.

But it's also useful for in case you want to recommend me a book. Now you can check my shelves at Goodreads to see if I've read the book yet or if it's on my TBR-pile πŸ™‚

On a final note – I've taken a new review-portrait yesterday; I plan to have a new review up within the next few days!