Not Giving Up, Just Taking a Break

I will continue this blog, but right now I’m operating at the limits of my mental bandwidth (thank you, 2020), and I just am not having the mental anything needed to read fiction, not even the books I’m rereading. I’ve been mainlining nonfiction though, in the form of both books and podcasts. Next week, I’m hoping to write a review of the latest nonfiction book I finished, No Time to Spare by Ursula K. Le Guin. I highly recommend the book, if you want to read it but don’t want to wait for a proper review. Good luck.

Still Going

I went into a prolonged (for me) depression and haven’t read much in my new book for…almost a couple months now? Wow. But I am still making my way through The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee. I’m halfway through and thoroughly enjoying it, when my anxiety isn’t convincing me the worst thing ever is going to happen to the characters, they’re all going to die, and the book itself is going to burst into flames in my hands (only a slight exaggeration). My sister read The Gentleman’s Guide first and assures me it’s wonderful and has a happy ending.

So I keep going. I hope to have a proper review up soon, but I can’t make a guarantee. I’m not giving up on either the blog or on reading though. I wish you good health, mental and physical, and good books.

Making Progress

My current reads--Curtsies and Conspiracies, Grave Importance, Dreyer's English
My current reads–Curtsies and Conspiracies, Grave Importance, Dreyer’s English

My two book system worked to get me through the last new book I read, but I haven’t needed it this week. I haven’t yet finished the new book (Grave Importance, by Vivian Shaw, book three in the Dr. Greta Helsing series) I’m reading, but I have managed to read just my new book without resorting to the old favorite (Curtsies and Conspiracies, by Gail Carriger, book two in the Finishing School series) this week. I have been reading some of my non-fiction book (Dreyer’s English, by Benjamin Dreyer), but that doesn’t take as much time as reading the old favorite, and I didn’t switch to it to come down from anxiety so much as because I just wanted to. Also I’ve often gone back to the Grave Importance after, which I’m about 1/3 of the way through! And though I haven’t managed to read every day this week, I’ve read more days of the week than not, which I consider another big win. All in all, I’m happy with my current reading progress.

I Have a New Reading Strategy

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve developed anxiety, which isn’t helped by the current everything-ness of the pandemic right now. But I have developed a new strategy to help myself be able to read new things. I’ll be reading two fiction books at once—first I’ll read the new book (currently Seanan McGuire’s Beneath the Sugar Sky, which I’ve been looking forward to getting to for a long time) until I can’t stand the tension anymore, then I’ll switch to my comfort read book (currently Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger). If I still feel like reading when I’ve had my fill of the comfort read, I’ll switch back to the new book. Hopefully I’ll have a review for you next week or the week after. Wish me reading luck.

More Reading About People Reading—The “Dragonriders of Pern” Reread

I apologize for not having posted for a couple of weeks. I’ve been suffering from some anxiety and it’s prevented me from consuming any new media. I saw my doctor and got some medication and that’s helped, so I should have a real post for you next week.

Meantime, over on Tor.com, Mari Ness has started a new Reread (I linked to some of her other stuff earlier), Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series. Check out her commentary, it’s fun.

Stuff For Writers

I’ve been into more non-fiction than fiction lately, so for those of you who are or who’d like to become writers, here are some resources.

1—Write Through the Roof

Write Through the Roof is a podcast where Australian author Madeleine D’Este interviews authors of all sorts and asks them questions, with the primary question being: what one thing took your writing to the next level? Continue reading “Stuff For Writers”