I just realised that we are past the halfway point of September, and that I have not finished a single book this month except *ahem* City of Bones.
It is not that I haven’t been reading. I am slowly making my way through three books that are all rather amazing in their own way: Suite Francaise, The Book Thief, and Shirley. However, my reading time is somewhat more limited than I had expected it to be this month. Plus, all three books are quite long. Lovely but slow reading it is then, I guess, for September.
How is your reading month going? Have you read any amazing books lately?
Yes, this is a completely random picture of my All Stars.
…Mostly consisted of work related things as I am desperately trying to finish a conference paper asking myself what on earth I am trying to say..
….More work stuff as I had my first annual progress review (the first year of a PhD over here is basically a pilot year: you can get fired if you do not show enough progress) and I got a contract renewal [insert very big YAY! here]!! This means another year of doing what I love best and probably being very stressed out about it all at once
…I finished my first book for the Classics Club: Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, and also read This is Paradise.
…I did some comfort watching of this modern interpretation of Pride and Prejudice* (has anyone else seen it, because I haven’t come across many opinions on it?) and the latest version of Jane Eyre.
…I went to see The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. And um, I’m not going to give you a full report, but with 0.0 expectations it actually turned out quite enjoyable; it is corny as hell and yes it made me giggle more than swoon because the romance scenes are SO predictable – made even worse by the choice of music, but it has that compulsive Paranormal YA quality (you know, hot boys, swooning romance – even if that all kind of (threathens to) fall apart later). It was the kind of story I needed right now: no stress involved at all. I am almost tempted to pick up the books.
What was your week like?
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Once every four years, Bas and I actually manage to get more than a week (but just barely) off at the same time and – with no prior coordination, we are still waiting for that miracle to happen – we are lucky enough to go camping. So, that’s what I will be doing in the upcoming days.
Of course, I did want to share my thoughts on Alphabet of Thorn, Magic Flutes, and the monthly check-in for War and Peace before I left, but I simply do not think it is going to happen. Perhaps when I am back home?
I am writing this post in between making sure I have enough books on my eReader (I am trying to bring only two paperback copies this time around – we’ll see how that goes) and actually packing my clothes [priorities!].
I hope you have wonderful week(s) either at home or abroad. See you soon!
Regular posting will resume this week (hey, I managed to get three post scheduled this weekend, I’m so proud of myself!), but I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for your very kind messages on the post about my blog anniversary! They were absolutely heartwarming and I am honestly a little stunned at how kind all of you are! I knew you were, but it still touched me deeply to read those words. I will take the time to respond to them properly during the upcoming week (so sorry I have not done so yet), but for now: thank you so much!
Because of Easter last weekend, I missed my own blogging anniversary! As per the first of April I have been at Iris on Books for three years. Sometimes I can hardly believe it’s been three years already, I still feel like such a newbie – other times I cannot believe that I have not been doing this for longer, because it has become such a part of my life.
As it was Easter when I should have posted this, but really, because they are CUTE, a bunnies gif! (source)
I was going to write a long reflective post on what book blogging meant and still means to me, but I sadly don’t have the time because of crazy essay deadlines. The post might have been navel-gazery but I admit I think I need that every once in a while. Especially as lately there has been somewhat of a blogging existential crisis among some of the blogs I hold most dear, and I am afraid I am suffering from it myself a little bit. I won’t quit blogging, I think, because there are a million reasons why I keep returning, why writing blog posts makes me happy, and particularly why I have found a save haven among the people I me(e)t and interact with through blogging/twitter/tumblr/etc. Nevertheless, at times it is difficult to find the words, or the time. There are weeks when I get nothing written (or nothing read). This week is a particularly astute example. Other weeks I feel I am not sure why I bother at all. But then, I remember some of my amazing friends.. I think I may need to accept that blogging changes, that I change, that the community sometimes feels so fragmented, and that such change is inevitable..
Anyway, I never meant for this to be a mostly sentimental and pessimistic post.. What I actually want to say is: THANK YOU SO MUCH! to everyone who’s been reading or commenting, or simply there on twitter or elsewhere. Blogging has given me so much, more than I ever imagined. Hopefully, we will all still be here and healthy in a few more years, because I don’t want to miss a single one of you.
Phew, I think a navel-gazery post might have been a little more interesting, wouldn’t it?