A month of novellas, new favorites, much too-brain-dead-after-work-to-read, and the first meeting of an awesome new book club. That makes it sound like it was a good month for reading (well, parts of it anyway), but I am barely reading at all. Sometimes in spurts, when I’ve been home sick or found a new page turner or begun a novella binge thanks to a reviewing gig starting this summer. But as of writing this, I haven’t read a book in a week. WHAT WILL BECOME OF ME SEND HELP.
My new job is fucking glorious (seriously, this is an unbelievably fun job in a career of pretty fun jobs), and I find my brain turning more and more toward the subject matter it spends the day contemplating. So instead of thinking about books, I’m thinking about video games. There doesn’t seem to be room in my head for both. (Yet.) (I hope.) (We’ll see.) (Cross your fingers for me.)
New habits have rewired my brain to crave page-turners, all the page-turners, and nothing but page-turners so help me VALIS. So I start a so-so book (I’m looking at you The Bees), stall, and don’t read for a week.
I don’t think I could finish a M. John Harrison book right now if you paid me. (But I love M. John Harrison!) Maybe not even a Miéville. (Gasp!) You can probably imagine how well I’m doing on the Exegesis Group Read (Blaaaarg.) (Turns out I was the one in most need of an Exegesis support group.)
Conclusion: If I want to read more, I need to ignore the so-so books and seek out the page-turners that sweep me off to another world with very little mental effort (but also, with depth! Am I asking too much?). If you have any recommendations for books like that, I’d love to hear them.
Nagging afterthought: I am going to end up ignoring my TBR pile, aren’t I? In the name of reading anything at all, I am going to buy new books, aren’t I? Or…well, either way I’m sure we’ll all live happily ever after. Books! Books? Who cares!? Apparently I do, so here are the books I read this month:
Books I Read in March
25. The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
26. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
27. The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
28. The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud
29. The Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell
30. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
31. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (audio, re-read)
Submitted without comment. (For now.)
How was your month?