Alright, so in my last post that lasted all of .7 seconds I promised a more in-depth update especially seeing as the year is half over and I haven't talked about the second quarter reading catalogue! And seeing as I just finished the best book I've read so far this year, I guess we'll start there.
My goal this year is to read 24 books and though I'm a little behind I am nowhere near as lagging as I have been in the past. I just finished the 10th book of the year which puts me at 42% and just two books behind schedule. When I last left off, I believe it was either with Agents of Dreamland or Rupert Wong and the Ends of the Earth. I could go back and look at the old post but I'd have to draft this one click out, find the post, yada-yada whatever. Okay so random fire two-sentence reviews:
Okay, now that we have that out of the way: things are progressing. Subs are out. Drafts are done. Good things be happenin! If you're across the pond keep you're eyes open. A member of the street team is country hopping through Europe and is planning on Emma Watson'ing a couple copies of the book. So, if you happen to stumble upon it wherever it is hidden, tag myself and Owl Hollow Press on social media and I'll reach out with something special to send you.
So it's officially summer and I am significantly behind on my reading goal for the year. And it's not even that big! Seriously, how hard is it to read twenty-four books in a year? For some people this is probably something they can pull off in a month or two. Apparently (and if we look at previous reading challenges of years gone by to confirm this) it's a monumental task for me. . . .
I blame Playstation. Except I love Playstation so no I don't. : )
It's not like there aren't twenty-four books that I want to read, there's probably at least twenty at my house sitting in the to-read pile. One major shift that has happened though: while I used to finish (or at least try extremely hard to finish) every book I started, my threshold for tossing a book aside has widened. If I don't care about the main character by the hundredth page then I'm out. If there are pages and pages and pages of expose that just drag on and on and on then I'm done. I love Stephen King but I could NOT get through The Stand. I tried and then I tried again. And while the book started off awesome, I got to around the 300th page and I couldn't do it anymore. It's not a length thin. I devoured Under the Dome in less than a week. I just couldn't get into The Stand. Same thing with the second book of A Song of Ice and Fire: A Clash of Kings. No, I don't watch the show.
I've been getting better at balancing things though. I only have two or three things going in each of my multimedia addictions. So, no new books until I start getting through the ones I already have! I tore through Max Barry's Lexicon in about two weeks. Talk about great. There's a reason it won a bunch of awards and was recognized by both Time Magazine and NPR.
Anyways, that's my rant. Maybe I should put down the laptop and pick up a book?