2020 First Quarter Update and Stuff

Boy, do I have a lot of reviews to write. I’ve been able to read so much since this whole thing started and I haven’t been able to go to work. My university’s spring break was extended by a week, so even though I’ve already been taking classes solely online, I still got an extra week off. SO MUCH READING. Silver lining to all of this? I’ll definitely meet my Goodreads goal this year! Wooooooo!

Anyway, I thought I would give a quarterly update about how my reading has been going and how I’ve been doing with the challenges I’m “participating in” this year.

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Last week was a whirlwind…

The last couple of weeks have been a total whirlwind, but last week was especially bad. I thought for sure I would end up having a panic attack, but my body hung in there…or maybe I didn’t end up having one because I just didn’t have time. Who knows. Bottom line is, I’ve been handling shit pretty well, all things considered. I won’t say I didn’t cry a few times over the past week, but it was mostly out of frustration.

Library Book Haul

Because I work at the library (and because I have limited reading time right now), I rarely place holds on books. In our library, new books coming in have a 14-day checkout period, and they generally cannot be renewed. So even the most popular books are bound to be on the shelf at some point if I go looking for them. This particular stack has been rather elusive, but I finally got my hands on them!

Book Review: Norwegian Wood, by Haruki Murakami

I’m not sure how I want to talk about this book. I’ve read a number of Murakami’s books, and Norwegian Wood is the most down-to-earth of the bunch. There is none of Murakami’s “typical” magical realism in this one. It is a pretty straightforward story (relatively speaking) about Toru’s coming-of-age and his coming to terms with death and the mental health issues of the girl he loves.

Book Review: A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. Le Guin

A Wizard of Earthsea is the first book in Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea Cycle. Le Guin wrote this book after being asked by the editor of Parnassus Press to write a fantasy novel for younger readers. Le Guin had never written something for the young adult audience before, and really, when this book was published in 1968, the young adult book market was just becoming a thing.

It’s #Zombruary!

Back in 2013, when sj still had her book blog, she started Zombruary. It’s exactly what it sounds like — reading zombie books in the month of February. It didn’t take off in 2013, mainly because she wasn’t impressed with any of the zombie books she was reading. In 2014, she tried again, and that’s when I started joining her.

Book Review: Tender Cuts, by Jayne Martin

I’ve said before that I think the short story is harder to write than the novel and that it takes more skill to get it right. If that’s the case, then flash fiction must really take a lot of skill when it’s done right. Due to it’s very nature, flash fiction is either going to work or it isn’t. In the case of Tender Cuts, it definitely works.

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