I gave myself permission to take the rest of August off reading-wise this week. I just find that I am forcing myself to read and where is the fun in that? My mind is just full of other things and is too restless to sit quietly with a book. I am still listening to audios so it is not like I am not reading at all. I am just giving myself permission to do the other things I want to do lately.
And what are those things? One of them is I am finally making a list of all the unread books in my house. This is very time consuming and scary because I purged a lot of books earlier this year and I still have a large amount of unread books in my house. Add in audiobooks and ebooks... It is scary! These reading slumps do not help. (And have taught me that I need to be more careful as I am reading Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman on my e-reader and turns out I own it in paperback, too. oops!) So, everyday I tackle a shelf or two. I have a ways to go... There is a reason I have never counted how many books are on my TBR!
I also had bought a planner in July and then just could not get into a groove with it... But, I decided to add in some stickers and I did some playing around with this weeks spread this weekend. Now that I sort of have an idea of what I am hoping for, I understand there are YouTube videos to offer more suggestions. Now I just need to find time for those! I am still doing a bullet journal. I have kept that up for months and only missed two days! It has turned more into a journal, though. I still plan out what I need to do the next day, but then I write notes of what some of the key things I did that day were and I have started doing a 'Currently' page everyday. What I have learned from that is we eating really boring food...
I still clean on a schedule of sorts but it has become a habit so I rarely look at the actual schedule any more. I just clean what needs to be cleaned next... My house will never be immaculate, but I don't feel as overwhelmed by it all as I used to. That helps a lot! And, I continue with the treadmill and taking pictures. I also have been really good at keeping up with my feed reader even if I don't comment on every blog that I read. What I can't seem to get better at is blogging myself, but again... Managed to blog once a week so far this year. It could be worse!
Graphic Novel Year
Skip Beat! Volume 1
Skip-Beat Volume 1 ~ I do not read manga very much because the series are so long, but I had a really good coupon for Kobo that made this book less than a dollar. I figured it was time to see if I liked this series. And, it was a lot of fun and I can see myself getting into it as it goes... But, we will see if that actually happens because that is like 30-something books. I wish the coupon had been multi-use! Recommended!
Bookburners - Season 1, Episode 5 ~ I have sort of fallen out of the habit of this serial thing. I decided the other night when I couldn't sleep that this shorter fiction was the best idea. And, I am really enjoying this story of a group that hunt down all the evil books in the world and their adventures. The writers are all doing a wonderful job! Now, if I could just read more! Recommended!
To the Bright Edge of the World ~ Audio ~ Okay, so if you have not read this you really should! I loved this book and cannot recommend it enough! It would be a great read, but I loved the audio, too. It is set at the end of the 19th century and is told through diary entries, letters, etc. It then flips back to a more modern period where the descendant of the 19th century couple has sent all of the records and artefacts to a museum in Alaska. The history of Alaska, the expedition, and the modern woman that Sophie was all combined with the magical writing of Ivey made for outstanding read. Strongly recommended!
Nothing this week...