A change is as good as a rest

If I had to sum up 2017 in one sentence, ‘a change is as good as a rest’ would be it. I’ve changed more this year than I remember doing in the previous. Both personally (moving out and meeting someone) and professionally (getting a new job), the change I’ve gone through has been nothing short of restorative. The only element of my life it’s impacted negatively is my desire to write.

When I started this blog, I didn’t have much going on and I didn’t know who I was. I only knew I loved to read and I preferred not to really see people. Now, I’ve found a balance between hiding away and experiencing the outside world, and it’s only been a benefit. Where writing filled a void it had suddenly become a chore. And, if I am honest, the more brilliant fiction I’ve read over the years the harder it is to be impressed.

Where does that leave blogging? I’ve hardly blogged this year, I’ve not really wanted to, I’ve just wanted to read. However, I don’t want to stop writing at all. To that end, I’m changing the of Books format to write one good review a month, rather than 1-2 fluff posts a week. A more in-depth review of a book that I might write for somewhere like Shiny New Books. Valuable content, rather than ‘oh god, I should write something’ content. It also means I won’t feel pressured to write about every book I read, and thus, I should read more.

I’ve also changed the of Books layout, because why not.

I’m reading The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness, you?

Literary Life: Summer in Review

In the absence of any desire to write any reviews, here is an (extremely sub par) haiku.

I can’t write my blog
but it could be worse
My reading block has gone, yay

Bring on the glorious, glorious cold. I don’t own a disgusting amount of jumpers for fun.

Currently Reading:

Devotion by Patti Smith
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

Unfinished:

None!

I’ve Read:

  1. One of Us Is Lying – Karen McManus
  2. The Haunted Hotel – Wilkie Collins
  3. Someone Else’s Skin – Sarah Hilary
  4. Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo
  5. Royal Assassin – Robin Hobb
  6. The Roanoke Girls – Amy Engel
  7. The Limehouse Golem – Peter Ackroyd
  8. The Wonder – Emma Donoghue
  9. Elmet – Fiona Mozley
  10. History of Wolves – Emily Fridlund
  11. New People – Danzy Senna
  12. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
  13. Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders

Nothing will ever be as good as Elmet, life has peaked.

So, read anything good recently?

Literary Life: April – June in Review

“Citizens of Earth, rejoice. Your Lord and Master stands on high.”

Oh, hi there. Doctor Who fans may understand the reference above. To avoid spoilers, the last two episodes have felt like a glorious reward for a season of ‘meh’, an investment paid off.

Anyway, welcome to a brief review of what I’ve been up to / reading since last I wrote. I’ve not been invested in the blog (or other people’s) for the last year, but I’ve made changes and my desire to act has returned.

Currently Reading:

The Lessons by Naomi Alderman

Unfinished:

10+, a.k.a. too many to list.

I’ve Read:

  1. How To Be Human – Paula Cocozza
  2. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep – Joanna Cannon
  3. I’m Travelling Alone – Samuel Bjørk
  4. A New Treasury Of Poetry – Neil Philip
  5. The Sport of Kings – C.E. Morgan
  6. The Dark Circle – Linda Grant
  7. First Love – Gwendoline Riley
  8. The Power – Naomi Alderman
  9. Do Not Say We Have Nothing – Madeleine Thien
  10. Assassin’s Apprentice – Robin Hobb
  11. Pat of Silver Bush – L.M. Montgomery
  12. Kafka – Davind Zane Mairowitz
  13. No Country for Old Men – Cormac McCarthy
  14. Before I Go to Sleep – S.J. Watson
  15. The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k – Sarah Knight
  16. How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits – Anne Berest
  17. The Owl Always Hunts At Night – Samuel Bjørk
  18. An Act of Silence – Colette McBeth
  19. Only We Know – Karen Perry

First Love, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, and Assassin’s Apprentice were the highlights of the last few months.

So, read anything good recently?