Sunday, March 26, 2017

Reading Update

It's been a busy month, for many reasons. I'm yet again a couple of issues behind on The Economist; I think I'm going to try more skimming/speed reading. I definitely do feel much more aware of what's going in the world and world economy, so I feel like I'm getting some value. I'll see if the value is worth the price at the end of the year.

I revived my ereader this past week and read The Winner's Curse and The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski. The first book came up as a $2.99 deal on Amazon, and I recalled enjoying a free sample of the first chapter when it came out. It's a quick read with world-building elements I like, and the author hasn't met a metaphor she doesn't love (fortunately, I loved hers). The two main characters, general's daughter Kestrel and rebellious slave Arin, are a little bland, and their romance obvious from the first sentence. However, I was intrigued enough to continue to the second book, which was meatier in both plot and character development. I'm sure The Winner's Kiss will follow shortly.

I also recently picked up Spark Joy by Marie Kondo and Voyager by Russell Banks at the library. Spark Joy is for those, like me, in the middle of 'tidying up' KonMari-style, and it reinspired me all over again. Post-wedding, I will conquer you, komono! On the other hand, I'd never read Banks before, and probably won't again. I enjoyed the New England specificity of his stories, but the writing style seemed overwrought, and there wasn't enough of a payoff for me. I finished the first novella in the collection, but I'm DNF-ing the rest.

Up next: most likely, The Winner's Kiss; more Economists; and if I'm lucky, The Magician King audiobook from the library.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts

1. I'm on eye drops, ear drops, and nose drops ftw. Here's hoping I'm back up to full health soon.

2. Wedding planning looms. I hit the three-month out mark, and although I'm totally on checklist, wished I had more details completed. If you've got more time, you might want to think about how you'll feel at xyz points. The WIC (Wedding Industry Complex, recently learned acronym) pushes you to decide earlier and it's definitely not necessary...but it might make you feel better, which is an angle I hadn't considered when I decided to take it more item-by-item.

3. That said, I'm now two months out and don't feel any MORE stressed than I did three months out.

4. Choosing and sending the invitations has been my favorite task so far.  Choosing my own stationery felt so gloriously luxurious. Highly recommend Minted.com--gorgeous designs and excellent customer service. I'm looking forward to getting back all the RSVPs!

5. Books...I'm loving inspirational and self-improvement books right now, even though I'm having a hard time getting motivated to do anything non-wedding or health-related because those are so time-consuming. Looking forward to Sarah Knight's Get Your Sh*t Together.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Reading Updates

So, I finished Revenge Wears Prada. My assertion that it doesn't measure up to the original stands, but also that it was interesting to peer further down the lane of the characters' lives. There was one brilliant bit of plot that I didn't quite see coming, and another that was obvious, but still satisfying. The focus on weddings, since Andy and Emily run a luxe wedding magazine, was obviously interesting to me right now, as I plan my own!

I haven't been keeping up as well with The Economist or with The Case for G-d. I did this last time I read Karen Armstrong, where I got kind of slogged in the middle--even though it's fascinating, it requires a lot of in-depth thinking as you read along. I'm more than halfway through though, just need to keep going. For The Economist, I'm letting myself skip a couple of issues and start fresh. I'm still keeping up better than the last time I had a weekly magazine when piles of The New Yorker buried my closet floor.

Next up on the reading list will hopefully include the next two Magicians books, depending on the library selection, and I'm interested in reading Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight and The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni.