This weekend I have been enjoying my spare time after finishing my very first work week. The getting up early, the talking to former teachers, the meeting of colleagues, and the start of my project all went a lot easier than I expected beforehand (but then we all know I like to expect the worst and worry about it endlessly). Overall, I am a happy Iris now that I am finally able to start working on the project I have wanted to work on for so long.
However, this first work week also taught me that when you spend 40 hours a week reading about theoretical models, you really don’t feel like doing much reading once you’ve come home, prepared a meal, and did some small domestic stuff. So I have a feeling that from now on the weekends will see me luxuriate in reading, while my evenings might be spent on the couch hopefully spending some time with the boyfriend.
It’s not that I am not reading though, it’s just that there seem to be a max of 20-50 pages at night (depending on how easily sleep will come, which depends on how many serious meetings that I am nervous about will occur on the following day).
This week finds me -surprisingly- finishing 4 books, most of which have been read between Friday evening and Sunday morning, though I had already been reading two of them for quite a while. Reviews of all books will follow, but they might take a while to appear (I have to0 many books read and too little days in a week to publish posts, or, you know, write them):
- Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson was a book I was both excited and hesitant about, and that estimation seems about right to summarise how I felt about it in general;
- Blackwood by Gwenda Bond (for RIPVII) was unfortunately a disappointment;
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman (for RIPVII) was both wonderful and surprisingly scary for a children’d book;
- Maybe This Time by Alois Hotschnig (for RIPVII) was a short story collection I have mixed feelings about.
I spent most of Saturday catching up on Cloud Atlas for the buddy read I’m undertaking with Jessica, Amy, and Heather. (Discussion to follow tomorrow). Sitting down and reading 4 sections in a row worked out surprisingly well. After being behind for some weeks, I’m having trouble not reading ahead now, actually.
Last, I wanted to point out two events that are coming up and that I’m excited about.
First, starting on Monday there’s another year of Book Blogger Appreciation Week. This year, Amy has organised it a little more small-scale, without the awards, and I think that might just be perfect for where the book blogging world is at right now. Unfortunately, I am not sure if I will get any posts typed up, and I might not be able to comment on blogs during my work days, but I do urge you to check out the event.
Second, Aarti is hosting A More Diverse Universe Blogtour from 23 to 29 September. As Aarti explains:
“For one week in September (the week of the 23rd), we want ALL OF YOU fantasy/sci fi/magical realism readers (with blogs and without) to read a fantasy/sci fi/magical realism novel written by a person of color. And to write a review of that book. You know as well as I do that books succeed based on word of mouth and mentions and conversation, and this is where bloggers can help the MOST. Just read one book. And share your thoughts on that one book.”
I hope to join in by reading my first Salman Rushdie book “Haroun and the Sea of Stories”. Unfortunately, I had a very limited choice of books as almost all of the suggested books were unfindable in my local library. Really, Rushdie’s collection is the only available option I have found up to date. I guess this in itself illustrates how important Aarti’s initiative is. Want to find out more? Or join Aarti and over 50 other bloggers? Check out more details on her blog.
What was your first week of September like? Did you read any good books? And will you be participating in BBAW and/or AMDU?