July was the month of weird reads. Honestly, I was moving and terribly busy and stressed both at home and at work and the usual things that have no problem holding my attention were well beyond my mental capacity for most of July. Happily, a couple of books rose to the challenge of keeping my over-stressed mind from melting all over the floor while still serving as a good distraction from the madness. One was Enthralled, a book of YA paranormal short stories that I picked up at my first BEA (which was ever so long ago now). It's sat patiently on my shelves waiting for one of those moments when I decide I'm into short stories again. Short stories, especially of the YA variety, were just the ticket for this crazy summer.
Other stories stood alone, and I was sad to see them end and disappointed to find there wasn't more fiction out there with the same worlds and subjects that I could dash out and buy. Ally Condie's selection, "Leaving" was one. In just a few short pages she managed to create a captivating dystopian world and a couple of characters that made me hunger for more of their story. "The Third Kind" by Jennifer Lynn Barnes was another great story about a pair of sisters unwittingly being swept into an otherworldly war that I'm certain would make a compelling novel.
A few of the stories left me cold, particularly the ones that were looking on the "lighter" side of paranormal but came off more ridiculous than funny. However, by and large, Enthralled was an excellent collection of diversions that proved to be the perfect opportunity for me to dip back into the waters of paranormal YA that I'd been missing without realizing it.
(Thanks to the publisher for giving away copies at that long ago BEA.)
Monday, August 31, 2015
Saturday, August 15, 2015
On the very first night of the glorious long weekend I was about the take,
Happily, my family and friends have already begun to pitch in, bringing me food and medicine and otherwise assisting me in my time of infirmity. So that's what I can see if I try to look on the bright side. If I keep looking, I realize I have a million books here to read, and blogging is one of the few things I do that doesn't require much walking, so while vacation and, you know, actual happiness might be slightly beyond my reach, finally rejuvenating the blog (albeit a little morosely) and participating in next week's Bout of Books (how perfectly timed!) seem much more attainable. So, here's my official letter of intent to participate...
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
So I'll be trying to do a little more reading next week instead of a little more binge watching TV series on Netflix while hosting my own pity party. Wish me luck!
So, how's everyone's summer been while I've been slaving away at my life? Have you ever broken a bone and lived to tell the tale? ;-)