Moving Forward

Now that I’ve officially announced my intent to transition this blog into something new (some of the things such as the title, etc., will be changed in the coming weeks), I wanted to give just a little preview of some of the things that I may write about here.

  • Bookish posts. Look, this is no longer a book blog, but books are still important to me. That means lists of book recommendations, wrap-ups when I feel like it, and maybe more dedicated posts on specific books. Dedicated posts will likely be more analysis-oriented, whereas the sort of “is this worth reading” reviews will remain on my GoodReads only.
  • Writing posts. Maybe related to goals on specific projects. Possibly writing samples from my novels or flash fiction pieces. Who knows? I don’t, or I’d have more to say on this piece.
  • Gaming posts. I don’t identify as a gamer, really, but I do play enough that I’ll probably mention it here and there.
  • Yoga posts. I’ve been practicing yoga since August of 2016. I took an impromptu time off from it after graduating from college, but I’m back and more dedicated than before. I have a lot of goals for myself when it comes to yoga. I also might be learning more about the spiritual side of the practice along the way, because I find that stuff fascinating, so maybe I’ll discuss my thoughts on that.
  • Speaking of the spiritual… I’m considering documenting my journey toward fulfillment in that area on this blog as well. It’s been a while since I still considered myself a Catholic. About a year and a half ago, I had started looking into paths to which I felt more called but had to put that aside as I felt like I needed to focus on the job hunt and felt guilty pursuing other things with my free time. And then I found a job! But I never picked the other stuff back up. I thought I might be content just leading a 100% secular life and calling myself an agnostic (even toyed with the word atheist for a bit), but it’s not entirely right for me. I know I believe in science. But I also believe in something more… I just haven’t quite figured out what that something might be yet.
  • General life posts. What am I up to lately? Good question. I wish I had a good answer.
  • No career posts.  It’s not that I have nothing to say; it’s more that I’d like to keep my professional life separate from everything else as much as possible. I am still figuring stuff related to that, too, but it’s probably for the best if I keep my thoughts in a more private space than this.

If there’s anything specific you’re interested in seeing, feel free to let me know in the comments. If you have any advice for me as I transition the blog and move forward, I’d love to hear that too. Otherwise, thanks for reading!

Anticipated 2020 Releases

With 2020 just around the corner, I’m thinking about books I’m excited for the release of. There are definitely a handful I’m looking forward to and I hope to get to them soon after their release.

The King of Crows (The Diviners, #4)

The King of Crows by Libba Bray

This is the fourth installment of the The Diviners series; a series I love for what it is on its own as well as for being the most spectacularly narrated audio books I’ve ever listened to. I’m serious, this series has ruined audio books for me because I’ve struggled to find others that live up to the standard this has set in my mind.

I’m excited to return to this world and these characters and I’m even more excited for an audio book that will make my commute not suck.

Woven in Moonlight

Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez

This is a YA Fantasy that pulls inspiration from Bolivian politics and history, and I am so here for that type of diversity in the Fantasy genre. The main character is a stand-in for the Condesa.

It seems like it will have a lot of political intrigue going on in a fantasy setting, and I’m really looking forward to the setting especially in this one. I have no idea how it will affect the types of magic we see playing out in this book, but either way I’m excited to find out.

The Ancestor

The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni

This book caught my eye on a Goodreads list for 2020 literary fiction. Two of the shelves for this book are “gothic” and “horror,” so there’s no way I’d pass up something like this.

It sounds like there’s a lot of family history and family secrets going on based off the synopsis of this book, and potentially something… supernatural? I’m really intrigued by this one and I definitely will be keeping an eye on reviews as it’s release approaches.

Sin Eater

Sin Eater by Megan Campisi

After committing a crime, the main character in this novel is sentenced to become a “Sin Eater,” defined in the synopsis as “a shunned woman, brutally marked, whose fate is to hear the final confessions of the dying, eat ritual foods symbolizing their sins as a funeral rite, and thereby shoulder their transgressions to grant their souls access to heaven.” A mystery later ensues when someone leaves a deer heart on a coffin despite the deceased person not having confessed to the sin it represents, and another Sin Eater is killed for refusing to eat it.

I am rarely excited for historical fiction that isn’t either paranormal or fantasy as well, but this just sounds too good to gloss over.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games, #0)

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

This is probably on the list of everyone who read The Hunger Games back in the day. I myself was obsessed with the series when I was in high school when all the movies started coming out and everyone who had a mild interest in books was reading them. And I do like that this new book is not a continuation of a long-over series, as many other long not-awaited series installments of late have been, but that it is a side story about a side character.

I will definitely be reading this book when it comes out and I really hope it reminds me of that time that I was so invested in The Hunger Games series.

Mexican Gothic

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I read Gods of Jade and Shadow in 2019 and was very pleasantly surprised by it. My rating of it on Goodreads sits at a 3-star right now, but it’s definitely one that I deliberated on and my real feelings sit between a 4 than a 3, and I think I might have enjoyed more had I read a physical copy rather than listened to the audio book since it is so hard for me to connect with audio books most of the time for some reason.

That said, I really enjoyed what she did with her last book and I look forward to what she does with Mexican Gothic, which is about a debutante on a mission to rescue her newly-wed cousin.

The Deep

The Deep by Alma Katsu

This is a historical fiction about The Titanic, and I never thought I’d have two historical fiction novels on this list when it’s the genre I read the least from overall. But this has a horror twist and I absolutely love it.

Basically What if the Titanic was haunted? is definitely a great story idea and I’m ready to eat that up. I’ve been saying for at least a year (probably more like two years) that I want to read more horror, and a horror novel about the Titanic sounds like just the thing I’d want to pick up.

Those are the titles I’m most excited for in 2020, but they certainly aren’t the only 2020 releases I have my eye on. What are the books you’re most looking forward to being released in the new year?

July Reading Slump Wrap-Up / Thinking of Starting a BookTube?

Hello everyone. It’s that time that everyone publishes their July wrap-ups and I read….

Absolutely nothing. I didn’t read a single book. I got about 100 pages into A Little Life by Hanya Yanigahara, and I even brought it on my business trip with me, but I didn’t read a single god damn page of it and as of yester, 8/1, I still hadn’t touched it so I have officially moved it to my “DNF for now, it just wasn’t the right time for this” pile.

Instead I picked up the most opposite book I could find to that in my unread book piles that I could find and I happened across the second Jackaby novel, so I’m gonna try reading that and see if it can break me out of that.

In other news, I’ve decided that as much as I like blogging, I enjoy watching BookTube videos much more than I enjoy reading blog posts. So I have decided that I’m going to make my own BookTube channel, for now with very low quality videos and natural lighting because who gives a shit? It’ll get me started, and it’s something I’ve been thinking about doing for a long ass time anyway. I’ll definitely be keeping this blog up & running, and I’ll probably try to figure out how to crosspost things between that and this blog and I’ll definitely keep you all posted on that.

My macbook finally decided to give up RIP. I’m on the market for a new laptop, and I think I’ve figured out what I want I just need to get expenses from a work trip and another work expense paid back to me before I’ll have enough money to order it. The silver lining about that is it finally gave me the motivation to DNF A Little Life and actually work towards getting out of this slump.

General Updates

So, it’s pretty clear I’ve sort of dropped the ball with this blog lately.

I recently started a new job with a long commute and it’s definitely been a major adjustment to try to figure out how to balance my time effectively. I’m three weeks in and I think I’m finally adjusting to my new schedule, so I’m gonna try to jump back into things here. For the first two week or so of my job I was scrambling to read enough to get a few posts out and that clearly wasn’t working, so I sort of needed to take a step back and figure out the best way to go forward with this blog in terms of scheduling posts and figuring out what types of posts I want to focus on (since I definitely can’t read fast enough to post more than one review every week at this point, but I will try to post at least one review a week if I can.)

My current plan is to post three times per week (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday) but to have things scheduled out for at least three weeks in advance (this is one of those scheduled posts.) I’m currently sitting on some drafts of reviews, discussion ideas, and tags I have in mind; it’s just a matter of fleshing things out and getting them scheduled. I tend to be at my most productive right after my morning coffee so I think I’m not going to really have time for blogging during the week but I may use Saturday and Sunday morning coffee times to catch up on my feed and get a few drafts scheduled. I tend to keep up with the news during the work week while I drink my coffee (thank god for Google News or I wouldn’t even do that) and that’s definitely a habit I don’t want to break but the weekends are going to be for my hobbies.

It’s going to be a bit of a transition as reading & blogging isn’t the only aspect of my life I’ve neglected the last few weeks. I’m also trying to get back to working on my novel (which I may eventually post about the process of or my struggles with or whatever) and trying to find time to keep up with my active hobbies like yoga and running as well as finding “Me time” for just hanging out and playing video games is going to be a lot to balance. Also there’s the whole social life thing, so it’s all gonna be a lot to figure out.

Anyways I want to thank all of my followers so far on this blog. There may not be many of you as of yet but I see you, and I appreciate you anyway.