Over the past couple of months, there has been a lot of talk about inbox zero on Twitter. Whenever anyone has gotten there, I have felt extremely covetous. Then, just a couple of days ago, a couple of my favorite tweeters talked about their gmail accounts being slower than they should be because they had thousands upon thousands of emails in the inbox, unarchived. In the aftermath of that, Michelle archived absolutely everything. I used to make a point of keeping my gmail inbox to a single page, labeling and archiving things when they went beyond that point. After Daniel was born, though, this became an exercise in futility, it was enough just to have to answer emails. In the last year and 1/2, my organization and archiving has been haphazard, which left me with 5,000 emails sitting in my inbox.
Yesterday, I finally gave in and decided to organize. Initially I was going page by page labeling and deleting and archiving, but it was taking entirely too long, so I just deleted the junk sitting around in my inbox – so much junk that I actually deleted 30% of all of my emails (size-wise, not necessarily number wise) – and simply archived all the rest, unlabeled. Once I finished, I took care of some of my starred email and unstarred/archived them, so I am now down to 5 starred emails and 5 general emails in my inbox. It is really sort of amazing, now not only is my inbox only one page, it even fits on my netbook screen without scrolling or resizing. Now I’m crossing my fingers that I can actually KEEP it under control.
Anyway, you’re here about books, not email, so here’s what I read this past week:
You’ll see those last two books showing up this coming week.
Before I review what I reviewed this week, I wanted to point you to a short post on my tumblr: Book Bloggers and Indie Bookstores: Two Great Tastes, Better Together about the success of one of my ‘staff picks’ in The Bookstore’s February newsletter.
Without further ado, this week’s reviews: