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I Need a Change in my Reading Habits

It took me 3 months to read Priory.  And I know it was a big book and that it’s a reasonable amount of time to get through that thing, especially considering that I had a major show in the middle of it that took up a large chunk of my life.  But still.  You know what it made me realize?  How little I want to continue this work of reading ARCs and egalleys before they are published.  It’s starting to feel more stressful and a lot less fun.  I want to go back to reading for me.  What I’m in the mood for, when I’m in the mood for it.

When I get these egalleys or request them, at the time I think “yes!  I want to read that!”  But by the time I get to that book or he deadline comes up, I’m usually not in the mood for it at the time.  I end up skipping half the egalleys I have for a month.  Either because I just don’t have the time, or I lose interest in them.  Like, part of me still wants to read it.  Just not….at that time.

So yeah, I think I will still keep them in the back of my head as “possibly next on my TBR” but if something else is calling my attention more, I’m going to go with that.  Those will be good for when I just have no clue what I’m in the mood for.  And I think I am going to put a major pause on getting egalleys from Edelweiss and NetGalley.  I need to clear out my future reading schedule badly.

I mean, right now the next book I’m itching to read is There Will Come a Darkness which is an egalley, just one that doesn’t come out until September…

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The cover for the final Diviners book has been revealed…and no, I’m not happy.

Well, the final cover for the last book in The Diviners series by Libba Bray was revealed today!  (I only just discovered it though oops).  I haven’t read the synopsis yet because I still haven’t um read book three yet (I’ll get there…just need to reread the other two first…after I read everything else on TBR apparently…) and I don’t want to get spoiled (and of course I saw part of the first sentence and am already WTFing out of my mind and trying to erase what I saw from my memory).

But anyway here are all four covers that I will be owning when the last one comes out apparently!

So on the one hand – yay!  They finally stopped doing cover redesigns!

On the other hand – why the hell didn’t they continue the cover redesigns??  At this point I might as well keep the non-matching cover aesthetic of this series cause why the hell not?  Continue reading “The cover for the final Diviners book has been revealed…and no, I’m not happy.”

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T.T.S.I.F | Life & Reading Update

Well my reading definitely fell behind.  But I have a show to blame.  Tonight was opening night for The Glass Menagerie for which I designed both the set and lights so the last two weeks were definitely busy for me to say the least.  As a result, the only books I managed to finish were my audiobooks, because yes I can listen to those while I paint the set thank you very much.  Both were rereads in anticipation of sequels being released.  One sequel, The Queen’s Resistance, I am still working through but enjoying of course and the other, King of Fools, I haven’t got to yet. Now I am listening to The Golem and the Jinni and it’s enjoyable so far, although it had a bit of a slow start. Continue reading “T.T.S.I.F | Life & Reading Update”

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Discourse | Okay not so much a discourse as it is a rant…

I WANTED THE GOLDSBORO SIGNED & SPRAYED EDITION OF DARKDAWN YOU GUYS BUT OF COURSE I DIDN’T GET IT!!!

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Ugh I kept checking last night because Goldsboro’s vague “it will be available Friday morning UK time” was so not helpful for this here girl who is living in the US.  I checked at all the hours but had to give up and go to sleep because I was exhausted because I’ve been painting all week and will do so again today.  And finally I woke up an hour before my regular alarm, checked, and yup they had gone on sale and sold out an hour before I finally woke up.

Fml.

This wouldn’t be such an issue if I hadn’t already had the other two in the series from Goldsboro as well.  Continue reading “Discourse | Okay not so much a discourse as it is a rant…”

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T.T.S.I.F | Weekly+ Update

Well my reading has been…slow lately.  Part of it is being completely burned out by work – both as a bookseller and as a lighting/set designer.  It’s all coming to a head and I just…I’m tired.

Even getting through the last audiobook of the Lux series feels like a struggle.  Which it shouldn’t?  But all I can think is “damn why is this taking so long to end?”  It made me start wondering if I prefer shorter series to longer ones.  I mean, I adored Bloodlines, which has 6 books in them, and sometimes I wish that trilogies were drawn out more, but other times I’m like – duologies are the best!  I guess it depends on the series.  Right now I just think it’s all because I’m just not in the right mindset.  At least, I hope that’s the case. Continue reading “T.T.S.I.F | Weekly+ Update”

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Reading Slumps & Everday Life

So I think I’ve fallen into a reading slump and I only have myself to blame.

With two shows I am designing for coming up (one which I am doing the set and lights for), and doing extra work at my day job, I’ve pushed aside my reading-for-pleasure books and have tried to just focus on my ARCs and egalleys.  Which sucks because I’m a mood reader.  There have been plenty an egalley that I’ve read or DNFed that I just didn’t care for, but I knew that if I picked it up at another time in my life, I probably would enjoy a lot more.

As it is, I’m just meh about everything.  Even the one book I’m reading for myself – Opposition, the fifth book in the Lux series, and is actually an audiobook and takes up a different sort of free time – just isn’t holding my interest like it should.  I’m invested in these characters, shit is happening, I do want to know more.  But I just don’t feel like actively investing myself into it right now.

I ended up spending today mostly watching episodes of Roswell New Mexico, the new CW reboot.  I did do my job and read the script for the show I’m designing the lights for this week (don’t get me started on how that one is making me grind my teeth), but other than that?

I think my brain is just shot.

I’m actually kind of glad I turned down a gig that I was offerred for April.  I mostly turned it down because I wouldn’t have been able to get the design done in time for it, but now that I’ve reached this point, I think I need a month where my free time is just that – free.