Keeping the UPS and USPS Guys Busy

May 30, 2012 — 3 Comments

It has been quite a while since I alerted you to any books I’ve received. Part of that was because there was a lull in shipments, and part of that is because I stopped doing a weekly update post. However, the time has come to rectify the situation and let you see what’s in the reading review queue line. Quite a few titles have come in in the last couple of weeks and it looks like I’ll have some quality reviews for you over the summer. Here’s what I’ve got:

From Zondervan:

From Crossway:

From IVP Academic:

From Baker Academic:

From P&R Publishing:

From Eerdmans (just came today!):

I’ve also done some recent pillaging of the local used bookstore (which is amazing by the way). Luckily, I’ll be off teaching over the summer and won’t be tempted to stop by so frequently and just “look.” I also happened to swing by RTS when they were having a sweet 75% off sale and snagged these three titles (together for under $25):

All in all, I’ve got my hands full with upcoming books to read and review. I’m torn between planning out a review schedule and just reading and reviewing as I feel like it. Given that it’s summer, you can probably expect the latter.


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3 responses to Keeping the UPS and USPS Guys Busy

  1. Nate,
    Looks like you’ve got some good ones on the way. Always look forward to hearing what you have to say on any particular books. As a fellow-blogger and lover of books, I have two questions that you may (or may not) be able to answer.

    First, how much time per day do you spend reading? And how quickly from time you receive your average book until you have it reviewed for your blog?

    Hope this finds your fam well.

    Grace & peace,
    Mathew Sims

    • Mathew,

      A day doesn’t usually go by that I don’t spend at least a couple of hours reading. I aim for more, but it doesn’t always happen.

      As for turnaround time, I haven’t been as efficient as I would like and I don’t really have a system. There are books that I’ve gotten last fall that I have yet to review and there are books that I’ve turned around in less than a week (The Explicit Gospel for instance).

      I’m trying to set a 60 day system starting now, so the book I got yesterday will have a review up August 1st (ish). As I do that, I’m finishing up the overdue ones first, and then knocking out the bigger Zondervan titles a week at a time. Also, I may have mentioned this before, but I don’t always read cover to cover before a review (especially with the bigger ones, but I did scour The Christian Faith and Wright’s books). I read enough to adequately assess the book for review purposes, and then put together my thoughts. I’m also probably going to start saying less in reviews so I there are more scannable as well as more concise.

      Hope that helps!


  2. So far they look like a great series, I’ve been going through the James one alongside our sermon series and it’s been pretty stellar

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