It only seems like yesterday I was writing my last weekly reading check-in… commenting that it only seemed like yesterday I was writing my last weekly reading check-in. Rinse repeat. It reminds me of the Superman movie in which Christopher Reeve flew around the earth quickly in order to reverse time so he could save Lois from the earthquake. I’m pretty sure (the much cuter) Henry Cavill is doing the same. Just in fast-forward. Ahem… anyhoo…
What I read
It was a very slow reading week for me as my evening ‘bath & book’ time had to give way to other stuff, like work and writing so I only got through two and a bit books.
Tony Cavanaugh’s’ Kingdom of the Strong is the fourth in a series but I didn’t struggle at all, having read none of its predecessors. And—more importantly—I adored his lead characters and can’t wait to catch up on others in the series.
I also read Peter Robinson’s No Cure for Love, which was a re-issue of his 1995 book. I enjoyed it and questioned the source of my frustration when I discovered I was reading something ‘old’ when I had a stack of books-soon-to-be-published sitting on my desk.
And finally I ended the week by starting Michael Robotham’s Close Your Eyes. I’m almost finished and undoubtedly will post my review of that in the next week or two.
What I wrote
It felt like I achieved little, but as I’m writing this I realise I was surprisingly productive! (Which is always a good thing!)
All of the posts on my blog were book-related. My mind was preoccupied with other stuff so there was no chance for rumination and no opportunity for me to share (with you) the meaning of life. Etcetera.
And (scraping in) earlier today I posted my review of Mary Kubica’s Pretty Baby.
And finally, I reviewed No Cure for Love in Goodreads.
In my local (FraserCoasting) blog I wrote about a local bookstore which I love. I’m a big fan of bookstores which help create communities and promote a love of reading and Mary Ryan’s Hervey Bay does just that.
It was also time for my monthly post over at popular Aussie blog, Styling You… check out my favourite books of the month, if you get a chance cos it hasn’t garnered much interest this month! (I’ve even included a book about the birds and bees. #metaphorically)
What I did
I worked a bit. There were my usual few hours at my project management gig and then I filled in for three days at the new admin job, did my usual half a day and a day or two of work (transcribing) at home.
It was strange having my days tied up again. I was reminded though how productive you can be when you make an effort. By the end of the week I was getting up early enough to do one hour of blog-related type work before heading in the office and then after work I’d take a short break before heading back to my desk (in lieu or television and reading). I felt a tad stressed part-way through the week but survived it and will undoubtedly be bored again before long.
What I plan to read
My TBR pile is massive and menacing. We had a couple of earthquakes here yesterday (a rarity) and it remained intact. I’m sure it’s possessed by some evil spirit or similar.
Of course I also have 5-6 electronic books waiting on me as well. I really need to go through and sort them by their publication date cos I have NO idea where to start and what my deadlines may be!
You can see them above, but here are my new arrivals for the week.
I’d actually wanted to enter a manuscript development program which closes tomorrow but have run out of time, so I’m grumpy with myself and my lack of organisation. However I’m hoping to get my sh*t together a bit more this week and get on top of things.
Any of these reads interest you?
Are you more productive if you’re busy?
Linking up with Kimberley, the Caffeinated Book Reviewer for the Sunday Post.
PS. I realise it’s ironic I don’t actually earn money for the reading / blogging I do here and yet I treat it like a job. I sometimes need to remember it’s just a passion! 😉