So, the July-to-December delay in posting recommendations probably made it clear that I’m having trouble with that whole endeavour.
Keeping up with the recommendations has always been difficult. I have a limited amount of time for reading; I have an even more limited amount of time for reading novels. Then, even when I am able to spend time on fiction, not everything I read is suitable. Some of it is re-reading, instead of new material. Some of it, I don’t like enough to recommend. And even when I find something new and good, maybe the thing in question turns out to be a six-book series, which still only provides me with one month’s worth of material. Is it any wonder finding twelve a year proved tougher than it looked?
Adding in the “primary source” recommendations (folkloric material I thought fantasy writers might enjoy/benefit from/make use of) was supposed to lighten my load, and it did. Nine novels or series a year, instead of twelve. But because of the way I chose to approach the folklore recs, those ended up being even more work than the novel ones. It’s no accident that I slammed to a halt this year during August: that was the Prose Edda, and I just kept on not finding the time and energy to put that one together. My solution ended up being not so solvent.
With five years of this under my belt, I’m wondering what to do now.
I know that I don’t want to change over to straight reviews instead of recommendations. I think reviews serve a purpose, of course — negative ones included — but what I want to do here is point people toward good books, not away from bad ones. So I figured I’d turn to you lot and see what your preference would be for, among my various possibilities.
Feel free to make other suggestions in comments.