I haven’t been getting as many books since I changed jobs. That said, my white-listing status on Edelweiss is much better than it used to be, so I have been downloading like a fiend. Through it all, though, I am triumphant – That manuscript on the bottom that you see…that manuscript is this glorious book.
Yes. It is true. I am currently reading *Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.
(And The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris. And Abbey Lubbers, Banshees, and Boggarts by Katherine Briggs. And Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler. And The Princess Bride by William Goldman. Still.)
…but mostly I am reading Six of Crows. And I am greatly enjoying it as well. But, that said, reading has become a weird thing for me these days. Allow me to explain…
Things have very much changed in my book world over the last few years. In the addition to the obvious move (and new job), many of you recall that I have been writing. Writing aside, I now find myself in the position to have to edit my own manuscripts again and again, which seems to be cutting down on my reading time and focus overall. I love this process, but it is time-consuming. I find myself becoming more and more easily distracted when I am sitting, even if I have all the time in the world. I spend far less time reading than I once did, and I have little excuse for it as well. Between editing, house tasks and errands, cooking, cleaning, work, and everything else, I find myself only being able to focus for about an hour a day. This is tragic to me as I once had the ability to read a book of this size in two days. Now, it’s taking me a week or so. That’s unacceptable.
The real crime is that I also have more free time when I am not working (since I am now part-time) and I have no excuse for this lack of focus. It could be the fact that I moved and I am still adjusting to everything here? It could be a growing disinterest in things that are beginning to feel like “homework” to me? Who knows? The odd thing is that I don’t seem to be filling my time with useless things. I still get lots of things done, but it’s picky, time-consuming things. I have a blog editing/reformatting project that I have been picking away at for over a year that I have (recently) started amping up again (because I want the bloody thing done). In theory, that work should be done in a short time…but, I get bored doing it fairly easily. Editing 600+ posts by hand = no fun. And all the Netflix doesn’t seem to help that, no matter how many long series I discover.
I am being productive, it seems. The productivity has only shifted. I wonder if I should stop freelancing reviews? That may help. That said, my reading attention span has definitely changed, and I am a little distressed about that.
Wow, don’t know where this has all come from. I guess it has been bothering me and I had to get it out. DO I feel better now? Eh, laterally perhaps. Tomato, tomahto. Gloomy day.
I think I may need to paint. That would help a lot. Soon. Very soon.
Alright, confession over. Back to Bardugo. I love it. A lot. Review to come, soon. (I hope.)
What are you reading and loving these days? Let’s talk!
– Follow the Reader –
* Six of Crows was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an early review. Please do not ask to borrow my copy.