I haven’t really been updating any of my blogs because I’ve been so busy, and stressed — trying to catch up on deadlines while feeling I’m working while trapped in jello. Even the thought of updating my blogs made me feel guilty because I should be doing other things. But, it’s time to keep this at least a little bit current.
Earlier this year I posted a long list of everything I was reading. I’m slightly more easy on myself when this is concerned now. I don’t care how much I read in a very difficult year when I am juggling so many things! So, I have two piles. One is for work, one is for pleasure. I can tell you that I quite enjoyed Alix Harrow’s The Ten Thousand Doors of January, and absolutely adored Nghi Vo’s The Empress of Salt and Fortune. I really want to read The Chosen and the Beautiful next.
I’m looking forward to diving into the Grishaverse books but I told myself I would only read them after I’ve fulfilled my academic KPI/article submission quota for the year. For right now, I’m flipping through my cookbooks. On a weekly basis I’m rotating cookbooks on my bedside table. Right now it’s Sophie Dahl’s From Season to Season and Signe Johansen’s Solo.
Apart from that, I’m still reading Alyssa Cole’s delightful romances. Having finished A Duke By Default, I’m now reading A Prince On Paper little by little every night. I feel very virtuous reading romances this semester since I taught three weeks of Diversity, Inclusivity and Intersectionality in the romance genre for the popular culture MA course, and we’ve had some really good discussions about it. I also got to show them my stacks of romances and to unpack issues I’ve had with the books I read as a teenager. But you know what, I’ll always love romance novels and what they reveal about the interior life of women.
ps: I removed the music-learning posts. I’ve come to the conclusion that I really don’t want to talk about my music-learning journey anywhere. Proof is in the pudding. `nuff said.