Tally Monday- March 28, 2016

Checked Out





  1. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
  2. The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  3. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
  4. Woman Much Missed by Thomas Hardy
  5. Jem and the Holograms vol. 1- Kelly Thompson
  6. Palefire by MK Reed
  7. “Case Studies” by Charles Bock

TBR 14

Don’t you just love it when things come together?  I sure do.  I like it particularly when a week of reading comes together.  Look at that!  I read six books and one short story this week!  Isn’t that amazing?  Possibly even more shocking is the fact that I didn’t buy any books.  I won’t say that I wasn’t tempted.  In fact, Saturday we were in a college town and I totally meant to look for a used book store.  I went to the casino instead.  I actually regret nothing.

But what great reading there was!

The Bock short story was my first issue of One Story, a subscription service that sends you one short story a month for 13 months at the price of $21 TOTAL.  The story comes in this wonderful little booklet.  I was so excited when I received it on Saturday that I just HAD to plop right down on the couch and read it.  I fell asleep face-first in it and finished in the morning but it was good.  I liked it.  I wish that I had another one already!  Hubby is thinking about subscribing to the YA One Story with the understanding that we’ll share and I totally hope he does.

My reading was all over the place this week: One paranormal romance, one contemporary YA romance, one fantasy book, one collection of poetry, and two vastly different graphic novels.  AND I liked all but one of them!

I made a lot of sounds this week while I was reading.  I cheered characters on.  I squealed and giggled.  I read poetry aloud.  I gushed about wonderful artwork.  (Seriously.  Jem and the Holograms has my favorite art ever, I think.)  I’ve also started carrying my book in my purse (instead of pretending that I’ll use my Kindle app), much to the amusement, or lake thereof, of those around me.  (Hubby:  “Please don’t bring that into the funeral home.”  Me:  “God.  What do you think I am?  I’m not a complete cad!”)

What more could I ask for in my reading life right this moment?  I tore through so many books last week and right now I am listening to the next Sookie Stackhouse and reading the newest book by one of my favorite authors.  They’re both good, good enough that I can barely stand the wait.  On a rainy Michigan spring day like today I want nothing more than to be reading a napping.

You may recall that I was feeling a little blue last week.  (Actually, more like warmed over shit having an existential crisis of self.  But whatever.)  This week I am the polar opposite.  It’s another thing that just kind of came together for me.  I did a lot of thinking last week about who I am, who I want to be, where I’m at, and where I’d like to head.  I made decisions about myself and my life.  By Friday I was still feeling a little unsure of things.  Saturday I went to a funeral and there’s nothing like a funeral for putting things into perspective.  I don’t want to be miserable anymore so I’m just not going to be.  And since making that decision I have felt ridiculously better.  I’ve voiced my wants.  I’ve done my thing.  I’ve been me.  It feels good to be back and I’m hoping that I’ll turn out some wonderful new stuff soon.

May your weeks be stuffed to brim with glorious consumption: Good food, binge-worthy TV, and delicious food.  Maybe even some kittens!


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