I’ve been mostly AWOL this week. I had a few family-related commitments and was forced to remind myself that – though I try to be as professional as possible and often treat it as a job – I mostly blog for fun. It’s a passion but it’s also just a hobby. So… I attempted to stop stressing and live in the moment (or whatevs) and enjoy time with my family rather than worry about how few books I’d read or book reviews I’d written.
What I read
I only read one book. Yes… you read that right. ONE book. And the lucky winner was the final in Stephen King’s Bill Hodges (Mr Mercedes) series, End of Watch.
What I wrote
Like I said, I felt terribly guilty but posted only two reviews:
The Teacher’s Secret by Suzanne Leal – a thought-provoking book centred around a primary school in a small Australian town
End of Watch by Stephen King – a return to where the trilogy started with the villain and hero of Mr Mercedes facing off. One last time.
What I did
The week kinda disappeared. I picked my mum up and had her with me for a couple of nights as she had some day surgery / tests. They were all fine, but I needed to be on hand and then drove her back to her hometown after. And I stayed on for a couple of days as my brother came to visit.
And finally I had a chatty and boozy catch up with two friends last night. A lot’s been happening for all of us and it was exactly what the doctor ordered.
Unfortunately half-way through the evening our power went out as a result of a car hitting a power pole nearby. It didn’t worry us too much but my friends’ 4 and 5yr old boys were equally worried and fascinated by the blackout.
Oh and in happier news…. I finally made it to the gym and attended two aqua aerobics classes last week!
What I plan to do
I’m hoping this week is more fruitful on the reading and writing front but I have two days of travel for work and other stuff – so that’s always a bit tiring.
I received 10 new books last week, including these seven print copies.
And three new books via NetGalley, including my much desired Ink & Bone and The Kept Woman.
I’m feeling a tad overwhelmed about my reading pile at the moment but don’t want it to feel like a chore. And I don’t want to let publishers and authors down by not getting to their books if I’ve requested them.
Having said that, I know it’s cyclical and all I need is a good reading week or two to feel less pressured.
And that’s about it for this not-s0-little, not-so-diligent book reviewer and blogger!
Do you have slow / slack weeks?