So as you’ve probably noticed, my holiday hiatus has….run long. There’s a number of reasons for this, but a lot of them boil down to burn out. Since I do like to share a little bit about what’s going on in my life, on Sundays, I’ll actually give a rundown.
A) I’m in a reading slump. I’ve read two books since the beginning of the year – normally I’d have read 6-8 books in this timeframe. And that’s largely because
B) I’ve started a new medication that actually has me feeling REALLY GOOD. I’m getting better sleep, I can be more active without paying for it in pain later, my mood is better, it’s been a remarkable difference. How does this lead into a reading slump?
C) Since I’ve been able to be more active, I haven’t been glued to the couch/chair/bed! We bought the Ring Fit game for the Nintendo Switch, and I’ve actually been getting in workouts every single day! I’ve been more willing to get out of the house and go DO things. This is actually really exciting for me.
So yeah. Taking meds–>Feeling better–>Being more active–>Less time to read.
But. This means the blog is suffering. I could still be doing posts during a reading slump – I haven’t reviewed all the books I read at the end of the year, there’s Top Ten Tuesdays and Library Loot Wednesdays (though I haven’t been checking many new books out, either). But I’ve not had the motivation to write anything, either.
So all this is to say, I’m taking a step back from the blog. I’m still pretty active on Twitter, though books are only a portion of the things I tweet about. I’m far more political on Twitter!
I’m not sure when I’ll be back. I’m sure I will be – I always come back to blogging eventually. But for now, I’m going to concentrate on my offline life.
Since we’re coming up on the end of the year, I’ve been thinking about what I want to do for Reading Challenges this next year. As normal, I will do my Goodreads Challenge, probably set to 150 books again, as that seems about right for my reading speed. I’m currently at 139, so I need to hurry up and read 11 more books before the end of the year!
This year I did Year of the Asian, and read a lot of Asian authors. I didn’t get to everything I wanted to read, but I did read 26 books by Asian authors!
In 2020 I’m going to do something similar, but for LGBTQIA+ authors. I’m going to call it Reading The Rainbow, and I’ll be aiming to review at least one book by a LGBTQIA+ author every week. (With June being completely LGBTQIA+ like normal!) I actually have a lot of LGBT books on my to-be-read list already, so this should be fairly easy to do. I’m looking into link party services, to see if I could perhaps make it a public reading challenge with a monthly linkup! I’m not really equipped to do any giveaways or prizes, though. Would anyone be interested in such a thing?
Hi folks! I’ll be returning shortly – possibly as soon as Tuesday, with a Holiday Reads Top Ten Tuesday. My short hiatus was wonderful, but I’m itching to start writing again, and I have books piling up that need to be written about, because I haven’t stopped reading! I have two trilogies that will be getting combination reviews – K. Arsenault Rivera’s Their Bright Ascendancy adult fantasy trilogy (with two women as the core duo/love story!) and Stephanie Burgis’s middle-grade trilogy about dragons and a chocolate shop. I have to finish my duology review for Victoria Lee’s Fever King/Electric Heir, which mistakenly went briefly up last week in its barely-started state – OOPS! I have a couple of Star Wars books loaned to me by a dear friend – one of them being the lead-in to the new movie, so that’s high on my to-read list. I also have a nonfiction set of essays about being a second-generation Cuban-American, and a fun space opera. LOTS of different things to write about!
I had a wonderful Thanksgiving – I spent the actual day lounging around the house with my husband and binging the entire third season of The Dragon Prince on Netflix. (IT’S SO GOOD GO WATCH IT!) Friday we went to a party at a friend’s house – where I got the aforementioned Star Wars books – and Saturday we went to a Thanksgiving Birthday party at another friend’s house and played a lot of board games. I hope everyone had an equally enjoyable holiday!
Tomorrow I have a doctor’s appointment – it’s a standard check-in, I have one every 3-6 months to check thyroid levels and other things while we mess with meds (oh, the joys of being chronically ill) but I’m a little anxious about it because I was supposed to get my insulin levels DOWN and they went UP instead. Which might explain some of my symptoms. We’ll see what happens!
FINALLY A LAID BACK WEEKEND WITH NO REAL PLANS! Oh my god, I haven’t had one of these since August. AND our houseguest – my spouse’s other partner – has gone home for the weekend, so it’s just the two of us. Houseguest is coming back tonight – they’re still looking for other housing – but I NEEDED this weekend.
Things are getting cold in my neck of the woods – I actually saw a short-lived snow flurry on Friday, and I think we’re supposed to get a small-but-measurable amount of snow this week. That’s still really early for us, but I love snow, so I’m not mad!
I am wrestling with how to write a review for The Fever King and The Electric Heir, the duology by Victoria Lee. They’re involved enough books that I’m not going to read my next ARC – also a heavy topic – before I get this review written, which means I keep reading light fluffy stuff instead of K. M. Szpara’s Docile. I’ve got to get this review figured out.
I’m also going to be working on a book list of books with demisexual characters – I’ve seen lots of ace- and aro- spec booklists, but none that are specifically demi. Given that that’s what I am, and there are several books coming out soon with demi characters, I should make one!
The other two projects I’m working on are a piece for another blog – not sure how much I can say about that – and a piece of short fiction my spouse and I have been musing about. Lots of balls in the air at the moment. Oh, and I should probably actually write up a review for Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments at some point, too. Procrastinating on reviews by reading more books only gives me more reviews to write!
I have a hilarious Top Ten Tuesday coming up this week, so stay tuned for that. I promise it will be great!
Today is the LAST DAY of the Maryland Renaissance Festival for 2019! It’s unofficially known as The Day of Wrong, and a lot of patrons and participants will do something subtly or overtly -wrong- with their garb to celebrate. For instance, this year, I’m going as a blonde! I’m naturally a brunette, and the last few years I’ve been dying my hair crazy colors. Since I work at a booth, I need to have natural color in my hair, so I let the phoenix colors fade and haven’t redyed my hair recently. I bleached it last week in preparation for re-dyeing it this week, so it’s currently blonde! Which is a weird look on me, and one I don’t really care for, but it works for The Day of Wrong!
This also means things around here will be getting somewhat less stressful soon, since we have our weekends back. We’re having a Halloween party next weekend, and The Baltimore Book Festival is the weekend after that, so we’re still going to be busy for a while. My husband’s other partner will also being staying with us for a couple of weeks, starting next weekend, because they’re starting a new job here in Baltimore. So that will be added stress, but hopefully they will find other housing quickly.
I’m so excited about the Baltimore Book Festival! I’ve been poring through the schedule of events, and there’s even a blogger panel happening on the Romance Writers’ stage! I’m going to have to make a personal schedule of where I need to be when!
That’s about all that’s going on here – the temperature is finally starting to drop. Fall will be here for a couple of weeks and then we’ll quickly be plunged into winter. I can’t wait to see our new house in the snow.
The in-laws have left to go back to the west coast, and as expected, I didn’t get much reading done this week. I did read I’m Not Dying With You Tonight in preparation for Barnes & Noble’s Young Adult Book Club last Thursday, but then Trump decided he was going to go to the GOP House Retreat at the hotel behind my local Barnes & Noble THAT SAME NIGHT so I didn’t go anywhere near the area that day! Grrrrr. But I should get a review of that up sometime soon. Probably Thursday. Tuesday’s Top Ten is my favorite things to eat or drink while reading, so I’ll be writing that up tomorrow. I’m hoping to dive right back in now that I don’t have house guests, but I DO still have the Maryland Renaissance Festival taking up my weekends, so I might still skip a day here and there.
I’ll just leave you with a sample of Baltimore’s welcome for Trump: