I don’t know about your 2018, but mine could have been better. Could have been worse, of course, but in general, it was a tense slog. And now we’re down to the last two days, and I’m thinking, “Bring on 2019.”
I do realize that things are not going to miraculously turn around on Tuesday, but there is something about putting up a new calendar (that’s a pretty blatant turning point). I am not making resolutions–screw resolutions–but I am thinking about fresh starts, looking at the things that are constant in my life and thinking about them in new ways. The fact that they’re constants doesn’t mean they never change, it just means that they’re part of me, and I shouldn’t take any of them for grated.
So here’s looking at the things we love and do and need with fresh eyes in a fresh new year. In fact, here’s to the new year, may it be not quite so interesting and filled with a lot more joy.
Since this is the last Good Book Thursday of 2018, how about posting The Best Book You Read All Year? I mean to go back through the comments on the Thursday posts to get a reading list for 2019–Murderbot is obviously one of them–but let’s go with your top read, just to simple things up. If somebody else has already mentioned your book, go ahead and post it again; the more times a title is posted, the likelier it is we’ll give it a shot. And then you can talk about what else you read this week or whatever else you want to.
This week I’ve mostly been reading the news which, if you’re an American, is like an advent calendar: Every day we open a door and get a new investigation for our President. We’re up to seventeen now. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. I also re-read a lot of Heyer for comfort, but that involved skimming. I love her romances, but she does tend to over-explain and in some cases spend too much time with characters I don’t care about. Which I believe was also some of the feedback I got on Act One, so I’m in glass houses territory now and I’ll shut up.
I read a good YA, Mostly Straight, this week and a strangely unsettling NYT bestseller. Still not sure why the bestseller so unsettled me. That’s the only word I can think of to describe the feeling of “something’s off here.” Not giving the title of the book because it may just be my reading biases since the book was well-written. I went back and reread Heyer’s False Colours as brain bleach, and ended up skimming large chunks of it, possibly because I’ve read it at least half a dozen times already. I think once you get past six readings on a book, you’re basically doing the good parts version anyway.
So what did you read this week?
(And in an unrelated note, big thank you to everybody who’s giving me feedback on Act One. Never apologize for beta reading, I need honest criticism and you’re all giving it to me. Absolutely nothing to apologize for because I’m grateful for all of it.)