What's happening with me:
Hello, my friends. In case you were wondering, the publishing industry
is robust and active. At least it is my little world. I've been busier
lately than I have been since before the 2008 downturn.
This, of course, is a really, really good thing for me . . . and for all of us. What it's not a good thing for is my commenting on your blogs. I am so beat at night that when I get around to doing some blog hopping on my tablet, I'm just too lazy to use the on-screen keyboard to let you know I've been around.
You may have also noticed a lot of round-ups on Beth Fish Reads and not so many reviews. I am still reading, and I have several audiobook and print/eBook reviews to write. However, by the time dinner's over, the last thing I want to do is to head back into my office to sit in front of the computer yet again.
I have no intention of letting this blog go, but I'm struggling with time issues and need to rethink my blogging strategy. I might switch to writing blog posts over the weekend or I may decide on lunchtime writing. In any case, blogging after work (what I've done for eight years) isn't really working this fall.
What I read in September: Audiobooks are my friend! (You already knew that.) I listened to 93.5 hours of audiobooks in September, even with my busy work schedule. I didn't do a lot of print reading, but that's okay.
- The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin: a fantasy
- Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton: a memoir
- Tea Planter's Wife by Dinah Jeffries: historical fiction
- Blackout by Mira Grant: dystopian
- The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies: literary fiction (set in four time periods)
- Real Food, Fake Food by Larry Olmstead: nonfiction
- Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt: literary fiction (set around 1970)
- Some Tame Gazelle by Barbara Pym: literary fiction
What I'm reading now:
- I bailed on Thrones & Bones: Frostborn by Lou Anders. The audio was a little too enthusiastic for me and I just wasn't hooked by the idea that board games held significance in that world. I may come back it later.
- I'm listening to Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. Okay, this one captured my attention. Three sisters (triplets), each with different magical abilities and all in line for the throne. Only one can remain alive to rule.
- I've just started The Guineveres by Sarah Domet. I wanted to read this because (1) It's an Amy Einhorn book (Flatiron), (2) I like the premise of four orphans, all named Guinevere, who become friends and dream of a brighter future, and (3) the writing is beautiful.
- The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick, which I started reading way back in June before life got crazy. I'm going to finish it this month: ice, comets, nonchronological plot, the bond of a deep relationship.