Hey all. You’re here to ogle books, right? Well, Here they be in all their glory.
First off…wow, am I behind. Secondly, wow…is my brain suffused with pregnancy hormones. I have been trying to tie up all the loose ends while in the final weeks of pregnancy (35 weeks as of now!) and, man, is it tiring. How have other women done this for so many eons? I’m exhausted.
I also HATE the excuse of pregnancy brain with a fiery passion. However, I don’t have any other reason to explain everything that I have been going through soooo…pregnancy brain, I guess you win.
Beyond the exhaustion, and the aches and pains, and the complications, everything has been pretty good. Things are lined up, to-do lists are made, things are getting prepped. If I have this kid now it won’t be the worst thing in the world (though I’d prefer to get to the 37th week, it’s safer then). Also, I want my October baby. So, there.
I have faced some difficulty with reading these days. I find myself having difficulty getting comfortable and when I do I frequently fall asleep. So books are getting read at a far slower pace than is normal for me. To give you an idea, for the last few years I have been recording my progress via a few channels. At this time, I would normally be between the 90 and 110 books-read mark. This year, at this time, I have read only 33…and that’s even with the solid month off recovering from pneumonia. It’s been a special kind of pregnancy, I am told, very atypical. Most women do not have pneumonia on top of gestational diabetes, and the like that I have had.
In light of that, I have taken measures into my own hand and am attempting to spend the last few weeks enjoying my books again. I downloaded Overdrive to my iPad and have been listening to The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman in audio-book. It’s really good, full cast recording, though my husband and I both agree that we did not read Lyra as being so excitable (as the voice actress portrays her). Other than that, it’s so good, just took some getting used to. I want to do more audio-books while breastfeeding, so this is me testing those waters. I am really enjoying this as a means of revisiting books that I already adore. I read this series over ten years ago and I am very pleasantly surprised by how much of it I remember. It really made an impression on me.
I also started reading The Raven Boys (again). I once started it in 2012 after getting an ARC of it, but I was not in the mood for it then. Now, with the final book’s release, I have been wanting to get back to it. Fall tends to be my time that I cycle back around to wanting young adult urban fantasy and paranormal, particularly those set in schools, so this may be perfect to suit my current mood. We’ll see how it does as I go on.
And then, of course, there are ALL the books above that I need to read. The ones I am most excited about are Caraval, Hunted, Gilded Cage, Saving Hamlet, and The Midnight Star. I have a small ton of awesome here already as well as a number of great ones on my iPad, sooo…we’ll see. BabyBibliopunkk’s arrival is imminent, so I don’t know where I will be mentally once ze is here. I really hope to get back my wherewithal once the kid is out of me.
I am taking twelve weeks off for my maternity leave, so I am sure you will see more of me. Until then, scan the books up top again. I have composed a final pre-baby giveaway of a couple of them (that are duplicates to me). And, believe me, you want the chance at them.
Until I am delivered, all, have a good time out in your respective worlds. I might be back right away (post-giveaway conclusion) I may be hit and miss. Do not be surprised at the absence. I will let you know any updates as soon as I have them to share.
All my best.
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