The Perks of Being a Bookseller – Part 85
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  • April 1, 2016

I have lots of books to show you all, and with very little fanfare, here they are.

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– This Grimm’s Fairy Tales is something my co-worker gave me from 1903 –


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I have been absent for some time, this I am aware of. I hate to keep falling back on the “ill-health” excuse, but in this case it’s still apt. For the past few weeks I have been exhausted everyday and sicker than a dog. I saw a doctor last week and spent some time in the hospital emergency room also. I know what’s going on, but I am not prepared to talk about all of it yet. I do have pneumonia and am waiting for that to clear up but it’s not the only thing I am dealing with right now. Suffice it to say, it’s not life-threatening. It’s just more problematic than I thought it might be. This too shall pass, I just have to wait it out. 

To add insult to injury, my seasonal allergies decided to visit themselves upon me at this time, at the bookends of the pneumonia bout. So, I am ill and exhausted all the time on top of being ill and exhausted all of the time. It’s not good, trust me. But, it will get better and I am out of any danger zone. But, I think you can all understand why I haven’t been around.

Because of this, I have not had much ability to concentrate or focus. Honestly, I’ve spent a lot of time sleeping and staring more than anything. I was working until last week because, you know, this is America and we have such stellar health care provisions that…well, let’s not get into politics. Even not working leaves me little energy for anything, including this.

Anyways, other than that things are great. Books keep flooding in, many goodies that I am excited about. Since I am having a hard time focusing, I am trying not to read anything that I am uber-geeked about. Heartless, for example, is set aside momentarily until I can get my focus back to snuff. I have a handful of books that are off-limits until I get better. I did read The Rose and the Dagger for a freelance review and it was quite good.

I started reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and I put it down. I did not care for the main character’s voice and I found the inclusion of the photographs gimmicky and contrived. I started reading The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley and I quite enjoyed the tone of it, but that was over a week ago and I haven’t picked it up since. I started reading Maestra by L.S. Hilton. I need a palette cleanser, so that’s what I chose. I sense a reading period of lots of graphic novels coming up. I’m trying to stay away from fantasy and a lot of the YA that I am gunning for so we’ll see if this works.

I’m getting very bored. Very bored, so I may end up breaking my own rule soon. I could reread a bunch of things and that thought appeals to me right now that familiar, and beloved, might be just the thing. We’ll see.

Okay all, I’m off. What are you reading right now and what are you looking forward to reading soon?

Happy reading.

– BP

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Allie L

2016-04-07 22:59:49 Reply

I know a lot of people like Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children but I couldn’t finish the book too. I have seen the trailer for the movie and it does look intriguing that I’m debating watching it. Maybe I’ll find it more enjoyable than the book. Hope you start feeling well soon 😀