The Perks of Being a Bookseller: Part 81
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  • October 5, 2015

Hey loves. How is everyone out in the world doing these days?

I have had quite a stack of awesome growing from various sources. And here it is in all of its glory.

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By the by, that copy of The Sleeper in the Spindle is signed by the author himself. This was a gift from the fine folks at my place of business.

All the squees!!!

I am excited for a lot of this stack this time around, particularly Summer of Supernovas, which is written by Darcy Woods, a local-to-me author. I am hoping to get to it this week as I am sort of in the mood for exactly that book right now. 

Currently, I am reading many things, nothing wholeheartedly though. I finished reading Mr. Gaiman’s Sandman series too much love, but now I have a book hangover the size of Texas and cannot seem to make anything else stick. While reading those, I rediscovered The Worst Witch series, which was a great childhood love of mine (the ones that were out at the time, anyways). I am still in the mood for Middle Grade witchy books, so I have requested several from the library, including the original novel for Kiki’s Delivery Service, which should be fun. Waiting for them, though, is causing me grief as it is the only thing that I want at this moment…since I cannot have it now, of course.

In theory, I am still reading The Godfather, though I have not touched it since starting Sandman. I hit book two within the book, made extensive notes, and set it aside for other things. I also started A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis, got half-way through, and decided that it’s not for me right now. I also started Inkheart by Cornelia Funke for my middle grade challenge, made it four chapters in, and realized I would have to reread all four chapters in order to progress just now (I opted to also set this aside for later). There’s a disconnect with both that I can only attribute to their not being Sandman, and I cannot adequately review or analyze either until my brain is not firmly rooted in the realms of Dark Mythpunk Fantasy.

So, I am temporarily switching to contemporary before attempting Sword and Verse (McMillan) for a freelance review, because that seems to be giving S & V the best chances for survival at this time.

Part of these focus issues is timing, as things are just getting read in the wrong mind-set. Part of it is that I am struggling, once again, with health and wellness issues. I haven’t opened up completely about this before but I have problems with both my knees and both my ankles and these problems impact me on a day-to-day basis. It’s nothing attributed to a specific degenerative cause, however it feels like that is what I am dealing with – degeneration. When I was younger I screwed up various parts of mine and they never healed correctly and, well, after thirty plus years of neglect this is what happens. I basically live with varying degrees of chronic pain and/or swelling every day. I deal in a number of therapeutic ways but it is both time and energy-consuming and takes a lot of my will away (on the bad days).

Recently, there have been many bad days, and this is truly disheartening.

I choose not to use this blog as a constant platform for my bodily whinging. It serves little purpose and this blog is about books. At its core, though, my love of books stem from the fact that I frequently cannot move about easily and must use every alternate means of entertainment, so there is that. I have made the decision to begin looking at my surgical options though because, in all honesty, I cannot live like this for another perceived forty years. Frankly, I cannot do it for another five. I’m ever-so-slowly losing heart and that distresses me on a number of levels. So, opening up to the potential of medical assistance, even if it requires reconstructing all four areas of damage (which the last time I checked was my best option), then a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

I mostly mention this because, well, practically all of September I was laid up. I read 23 books while treating my injuries and, well, much of that time I was frustrated and did not want to read so I did not (and I still cleared 23 books!). There is only so long that sitting around and reading while doing nothing else is appealing. It sounds great…in theory. In practice, sitting around and recuperating is a long and boring business and I have been doing it nearly every day for decades. There is only so long that reading and Netflix watching and video game clobbering is appealing, and I have run out of my tolerance. The fact that the books are starting to go sour is truly a sorry state of affairs.

But this blog is about books and not whinging, so I will return to those soon again. I promise.

For now, though, off to work and more books, to raise the spirit and the heart. What are you looking forward to? And what are you reading right now, gentle readers?

Best.

– BP

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Kristen@My Friends Are Fiction

2015-10-05 13:50:24 Reply

Great pile of books! I’m really excited for the Cat Winters book (I requested so fingers crossed). I just read A Madness So Discreet and enjoyed it! Hopefully you’ll get in a better mood for it.