In My Life
I probably finish 98% of the books I start reading, even if it takes me a year. Yet I’m not a stickler for finishing a book before starting the next. In fact, I’m usually in the midst of several books. Once in a while I even find myself alternating between books in one seating. At the very least, I almost always give myself options when I want to read. Such is the life of a mood reader.
Besides switching to and fro between books this week, I changed laptops. Selling my three-year old one and adopted a one-year old one from my dad. That kept me busy with backing up my data twice over, transferring everything and restoring my old laptop to factory settings. It took me quite some time to figure out how to format a bootable external hard disk in order to do a fresh installation of the operating system but I finally figured it out. And so I learnt new tech stuff this past week.
The best thing that has come out of this week is the anticipation for the coming weeks. So many exciting things might potentially happen if I can work out all the details.
On the Blog
Audiobooks make up a sizeable chunk of books I’ve read this year and it struck me that encountering the same narrators can be a problem for me. For Mise-en-scène, I took the opportunity to share some fantasy books for this week’s theme, genre.
My book reviews offered something for practically anyone as I reviewed a classic, a YA novel and a graphic novel. That was completely unintentional but a happy discovery after the fact. Sadly, I had to express my disappointment with The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Perhaps I had come to expect too much from it.
Then I reviewed The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew which I enjoyed tremendously. Basically, it considered an alternate history — one where the Nazis had won World War II. What would life have been like today if that had happened? I thought the story turned out to be fairly plausible outcome.
Lastly, I’m still on my quest to expand my graphic novel horizons. Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley was a great addition to that horizon. Magic, food and rumination on What if you could change your past? made for such a promising premise and I’m happy to say Seconds delivered.