Sigh. Drat being a responsible adult.
I want to apologize for my absence here, my delayed (or completely lack of) comments on your blogs, and all current and future whining about the intrusion of my thesis and work on my book blogging life. I’m a little bundle of stress these days, but I’m trying really hard not to inflict that on anyone. (I think I would be a little more successful at that if I moved to Antarctica. But I hear it’s kinda cold there.)
Even though work, school and being sick (yes, I’ve been sick, too, which is just not fair, if you ask me) have kept me from blogging, I’ve managed to squeeze in quite a bit of “fun” reading. (Mostly because I read while at work, but don’t tell on me!) I don’t really have a review in me right now, so here’s a brief recap of some recent reads:
I did read one more Isabel Allende book last month – Daughter of Fortune. Most of the novel takes place in California during the Gold Rush, and it was interesting to read an Allende novel about a time and place I’m familiar with. She is such a vivid writer, though, that even if I wasn’t a native Californian I would still have felt like I was there. I’ve never been to Chile, and yet after reading House of the Spirits I feel like I have.
Hmmm, what else . . . I finished up the Stieg Larsson Millennium series a few weeks ago. Not the all-time greatest books I’ve ever read, but still very good. A coworker loaned me Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen last week, and I feel a little ho-hum about it. I’ve definitely read better memoirs (A Girl Named Zippy comes to mind; wow, do I love that book!).
I’ve had a good reading streak since then: I finished Bad Mother by Ayelet Waldman last night and lovedlovedloved it. When I have available time and brain space I’m definitely going to review it here. (In the meantime, check out Jenny’s review. Wonderful.) I’m on a mini Diana Wynne Jones kick, too. I read Charmed Life the other day (good times, big fun) and am in the middle of Dogsbody, which is just fantastic. I’m also in the middle of Among the Shadows by L. M. Montgomery, (recommended by Chandra), because frankly I could not resist reading a collection of spooky stories written by the author of Anne of Green Gables.
And on a totally unrelated note, autumn is finally getting rolling here, which just thrills me to pieces. The leaves are blowing everywhere, there’s a chill in the air . . . I would be totally okay with it staying like this until spring
What are you up to? Any great reads? How’s autumn treating you?
P.S. In more unrelated news, I just discovered that Gail Carriger (author of Soulless, which I reviewed back in July) quoted my review on her blog! A real, live author quoted me! Wow. I’m getting all giddy and starry-eyed over here.