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.
Sara Strauss says
I like to read a few books at one time too! I like to read certain books based on my mood, so I don’t want to read a murder mystery when I’m really happy or a huge sci-fi book when I’m feeling lazy (those times are reserved for graphic novels lol).
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Joséphine Simone says
Yes! Mood and situation. Every format has its place, so depending on circumstance, I’ll reach for the book I’m currently reading in whichever format. Like, HCs I usually only read at home. PBs are good for commutes. Ebooks good for travelling. Audiobooks are great for when I’m otherwise occupied but hardly need any mental capacity for what I’m doing.
I’ve started skipping books, some I don’t finish but others I will. It’s like I have this urge for a type of book and then when the book had fulfilled my need (not necessarily at the end) I just skip it.
I’ve been a little busy this week planning October for my blog so that means I’m getting back to blogging which has got me so excited. I’ve totally missed it!
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Joséphine Simone says
Unless a book throughly bores me out of my wits, I do try to finish it. As much as I read for enjoyment, I also like to figure out why particular books just don’t work. (Y’know, for if I ever decide to write a book. Lol.)
I’m so glad you’ll be back soooon! I missed seeing updates on your blog.