- Archie, vol 3 by Mark Waid
- The Cheerleader by Caroline B. Cooney
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
- A Room of Her Own by Chris Casson Mason
- “Guts” by Gnesis Villan
- Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Currently Reading: Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar
Early this morning, I realized that I could have easily finished Gwendy’s Button Box this weekend. At 175 pages, it isn’t much of a book. It’s marketed as a novella and for King that’s certainly about right. Hubby was out of town on a boys’ camping trip for our friend’s bachelor party and I was home with Little Dude. Saturday I had a couple of errands to run but LD and I were home by about 12:30. I accomplished a lot this weekend. I’m starting the work week with a clean house and all of the laundry done, plus I managed to bathe a baby who hates baths and cut his nails, which is a practice in complete anxiety. Friday I had a program at work that ran until 9 but every night LD went right to bed and slept through it. And me? What was I doing during those hours which could have been spent blissfully reading in the quiet house?
Well, I had some beers. I talked to my brother. I ate a lot of fries. I colored. And I watched the complete third season of The Ranch, finishing just after Hubby got home and just in time for us to take in three episodes of Riverdale.
Sometimes I get this longing to just FUCKING FINISH SOMETHING ALREADY. When I was on maternity leave, the only show that I finished was The Ranch and then BAM! There’s a new season. I just wanted to be done with something. Plus, it’s GD hilarious. I’m incredibly invested.
I’m also super invested in Riverdale. Why? It’s so damn dramatic. I can’t help myself! I was so excited when I heard that this show was coming out, especially after taking in the new run of Archie comics. It kind of feels like my life is steeped in Riverdale right now and I am perfectly okay with that. I just got volume 3 of the comics in and I meant to read it for Graphic Friday but there was no time for anything that day. I’ll read it this Friday.
I wanted to talk a bit about my New and Improved Reading System. You know the one? The one where I don’t plan any further and the next book and I read King, book I own, book I own, young adult. Already I am fighting myself from making more rules and more structure and adding more books. At the end of the first cycle, which finished up with We Were Liars, it felt really good to read that way. I’m ticking away at my Stephen King reading. I’m working through books that I own, some of which have been in my stash for a decade. When I finish a book I own (or don’t, as with The Blue Jay’s Dance) I can donate it or add it to my “permanent collection.” It’s nice to read some of the books that I suggest to patrons. If I add more, I’ll just be ruining the fun of it.
And there is that part of me that wants to read through all of the series I’ve been meaning to try. And there is a part of me that thinks I should only draw random books from my book jar. (That’s where my next book came from and I have been wavering back and forth on whether or not I want to bother with it or donate it and move on.) The point of changing things was that I wanted more freedom. FREEDOM!
But I am nothing is not structured, believe it or not.
Well, I can’t wait to find out what the buttons on Gwendy’s box do. But I also really, really need to know who killed Jason Blossom. So we’ll see what I have to say next week.