It’s Monday, What Are You… (1/15)

…Reading?

Bout of Books

Bout of Books wrapped up yesterday. I read around 350 pages, but I feel like I read a lot more than that. I read The Box Jumper, a novella by Lisa Mannetti, the last 50 pages of The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe, seventy pages of a novel I DNFed, the first 80 pages of Countdown City, and four short stories. Happily, the slump that dominated the last half of 2017 is gone.

This week:

Countdown City (The Last Policeman, #2)  The Huge Hunter, or, the Steam Man of the Prairies
  • Countdown City by Ben H. Winter – TBR Challenge
  • The Huge Hunter, or, the Steam Man of the Prairies by Edward S. Ellis – which I suppose qualifies for the Wild West Reading Challenge
  • “How to Sync Your Spouse” by Russell Nichols – Deal Me In
  • A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • “The Masochist’s Assistant” by Auston Habershaw

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…Doing?

Winter frisbee leagues got started last week with a meet-and-greet game for my division. Fitness-wise, due to sickness and rain, I’ve only played three games in two weeks, additionally Eric and I ran some intervals yesterday…which were painful. Teams haven’t been picked for my division yet. I thought about captaining, but my life currently has an okay amount of neuroticism; I decided not to rock that boat.

I’ve been slowly working my way through some Codeacademy tutorials and I plan on learning a little about watercolor painting in the near future.

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It’s Monday, What Are You… (12/25)

…Reading?

The Linking Rings (An Eli Marks Mystery Book 4) Fangirl

I’m well on my way to finishing 40 books this year (which was my goal). The only wrinkle in my planned TBR list for December is a reread of Fangirl. The residence hall where I lived and worked for the majority of my time at UNL, which is also where Cath lives in Fangirl, was demolished on Friday.

Any sadness about the end of an era is mostly eclipsed by the coolness of the demolition. Still, it seemed a good time for a reread.

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…Doing?

Enjoying Christmas at my parent’s house. There are way too many goodies. For me, feast-wise, Thanksgiving has nothing on Christmas.

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I didn’t think I posted much on Christmas, but I guess I’m wrong.

It’s Monday, What Are You… 12/11

…Reading?

The Prestige Wuthering Heights The Ramshead Algorithm and Other Stories

I’m clawing my way to my 40 book goal. I should finish The Prestige this week, with intent to post some thoughts about it on Thursday/Friday. I’m reading a couple of chapters of Wuthering Heights each day for Roof Beam Reader’s Classic Book-a-Month, but honestly, I’m not sure that’s the best way to read it. I keep losing track of narrative threads. And lastly, I’ve been slowly savoring the stories in KJ Kabza’s The Ramshead Algorithm, both the ones that are new to me and the ones that are rereads.

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…Doing?

Oh, man, it’s like two weeks until Christmas. Unfortunately, I haven’t been feeling it. It’s been warm(-ish) here in Tempe and with no real rain yet this season. I have my tree up, but haven’t done my cards or any shopping yet. And, well, not that I don’t enjoy the rounds of holiday socializing, but it’s very tiring. For a hermit like me, the world is already pretty tiring. The holiday’s are making me feel like I alternately need a double espresso and a double vodka.

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It’s Monday, What Are You… (10/16)

…Reading?

Saturday is Readathon! I’ll have more about that on Friday (probably).

Unfortunately, I haven’t been very excited about any of the novels I’ve been reading and a short story marathon will burn me out. It’s still slump city around here. I might be adding some nonfiction to Saturday’s pile.

alt text In the Matter of Nikola Tesla by Anthony Flacco

DNF – Every character not Tesla sounds exactly the same. And Tesla is super quirky. Tiresomely quirky.

alt text The Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Koike

Still reading – I think this one might be losing something in translation. The dialog feels…dubbed? But I’m about 45% through and the creepiness is accumulating.

alt text The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James

Listening to – It’s a little more romance-y than my usual fare. There are certain tropes in romances that get on my nerves, but I’ll probably finish it.

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It’s Monday, What Are You… (10/2)

…Reading?

Slade House Dark Screams: Volume Eight The Overneath

I started Slade House last week, but then skipped over to The Ballad of Black Tom, which I finished. Not sure what I think, thus far. It’s…quirky. I’ve also been working my way through two short story ARCs. And I’ll probably read other assorted short stories. The October Reading Club is back, but started out with Lovecraft. *shrug*

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…Doing?

Trying to get work done. Playing some frisbee. Basking in October-ness. The usual.

The data drive on my desktop took a dive Saturday night. I’ve recovered most of my important files, and I’ll have probably an attempt or two more to grab a few things, but it’s been an interruption of my usual routine. Eric ordered a ginormous replacement.

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It’s Monday, What Are You… (9/18)

…Reading?

Bird Box Chicago Magic: A History of Stagecraft and Spectacle Slade House

As expected, it didn’t take me long to get behind on my big, annotated Dracula, so that’s going on the back burning for the moment. I’m about a third of the way through Bird Box and I don’t know what I think. I didn’t expect so much of a post-apocalypse/survivalist vibe. Not a genre I’m keen on. I’ll also be reading Chicago Magic, which I picked up through my newly acquired hoopla access. I derailed an entire day looking though hoopla’s catalog. I’ll probably also start Slade House this week after I finish Bird Box.

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…Doing?

We’re finally in the midst of break from the heat. (I hesitate to say we’re done with the heat.) Daytime temps are still around 100F, but the nights have been down in the 70s. So much nicer. And therefore, it’s time for more Halloween in my work space.

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It’s Monday, What Are You… (9/4)

…Reading?

The New Annotated Dracula
So, a month or two back I picked up this weighty annotated edition of Dracula at Bookmans. It’s gloriously full of crunchy historical bits. I’ve worked out a schedule to get it read during Sept/Oct. We’ll see if I can keep pace.

Universal Harvester The Overneath

Universal Harvester was an impulse check-out from the digital library. Because, you know, I didn’t have enough books in-progress or on my TBR list. So far, it’s been a creepy good read for R.I.P. Also started working my way through Peter S. Beagle’s upcoming anthology.

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