Weekend Wrap-Up: 19/06/2021

Weekend Wrap-Up: 19/06/2021

Apparently during my years away from the book blogging world, end of week wrap-up posts and incoming book posts trended from Sunday to Saturday, or even Friday. Saturday works for me, so here’s a little look at what I’m reading, the new books that came my way, and anything else I may have gotten up to for this past week. I will be linking up to Stacking the Shelves and The Sunday Post for this one.

My Week

This past week has been a weird one. About a week ago my sleep schedule was leaning nocturnal again (this is an ongoing problem for me these days) and one night I suddenly woke up after maybe 4 hours with a massive tummy ache and ended up just staying up. Next night didn’t get much sleep for similar reasons so I’ve spent most of this past week attempting to pull my sleep schedule back to human hours. I’m getting there! Slept from maybe 9.30pm til 7am last night, 11pm-12am is my ideal bedtime, so over the next few days, then I just need to try and maintain it and hope to stave off the random insomnia nights that always inevitably ruin it.

I also managed to do something I’ve been struggling with for a while and tidied my armchair! This means I can read by the window again which is really nice when I’m stuck indoors for so long, and it’s great for summer too. Being closer to the fresh air and the lovely view is so nice. And I have my little nest set up! All that’s missing, really, is a foot rest.

My reading has been a struggle, let me tell you. After finishing Raybearer I picked up an indie press novel I won via The Fantasy Hive on Twitter, Bloodsworn by Tej Turner. I wasn’t hating the writing style, most of the characters weren’t particularly interesting though the twins intrigued me, and the story and worldbuilding were really great, but it’s a multiple perspectives book. I really, really struggle with multi-POVs at the best of times and frankly, these weren’t working. Every time a new one was introduced I just felt a sense of whiplash and I had to set it aside. I’m not sure it’s for me. So I tried to pick up Mythos but Stephen Fry’s writing style was clashing with my fatigue brain fog and I picked up a horror anthology called Hellhole which turned out to be mostly militaristic type stories which just aren’t my bag. I’m floundering here!!

On Thursday we celebrated Dan’s birthday, which was on Friday but he had to work so we did it the day before. We went into town, which was my first time since before the pandemic began (yes, really, I’ve left the house 3 times prior to this, twice for the doctors, and once for my first vaccine) and it was really lovely to get out again but wow it was weird. Managed to miss queues outside of shops, not notice entrances/exits for certain shops, not realise I needed to hand sanitise… good job I wasn’t alone! The whole reason we went out was to get lunch, however. There’s a new Japanese restaurant in town and Dan’s been dying to try it. It was really nice! We shared some chicken gyoza which were divine, I got some braised ribs with a like.. soy, lime, ginger (and something else I forget) sauce, and then a chocolate taiyaki for dessert! The only thing I took a picture of was my drink however so nothing much to show, it was good though, and I got to wear in my new boots a bit. Also, not suffering pain-wise too bad the days following.

On the Blog

After making my comeback last week, this week I posted my review of Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko. This was my first review in more than 2 years and I’m super proud of myself! A question to my fellow reviewers – are you posting your reviews anywhere (aside from Goodreads/Amazon), for additional exposure? I recall yesterday ago one or two blogs having linkups but I’m super out of the loop now!

I also added a few of the weekly book blogger memes to my Google calendar to help me with ideas for posts each week. I have been considering some kind of TBR highlight feature as well. My reviews will be a lot more sporadic than they were on Once Upon a Time, I’m still working on fixing my reading habit and I’m reading a lot more epic fantasy this days, which inevitably take longer to read than the young adult fiction I was focused on back then. So anything I can come up with that’s fun inbetween would be great! Of course we have other topics these days: Dungeons & Dragons, cross stitch, colouring, TV and movies, music, video games… all sorts of things. And I wrote up a review policy. I haven’t published it yet because my backlog is vast and I can’t make promises, but it’s nice to know that if/when I’m ready, I can just publish the page. I was also looking at blog hosting options earlier in the week but shhh, we’ll see how this goes before I make a monetary leap!

Incoming

I do try not to make a habit of picking up too many new books. Every now and then I might see something on sale for Kindle and swoop it up but overall, I have a lot of unread books I need to get to reading! I never stopped collecting. However, I was a tad naughty this week and I picked up a small handful of books. Three second-hand books that should hopefully scratch my oldschool high fantasy itch and a small classic I picked up from the local bookshop in town.

Pictured: Daggerspell (Deverry #1) by Katharine Kerr, Dragon Prince (Dragon Prince #1) by Melanie Rawn, The Bone Doll’s Twin (The TamΓ­r Triad, #1) by Lynn Flewelling, and The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame; plus a couple new notebooks to note thoughts on physical reads for reviews.

Next Week

I try not to make big plans because every day is different. My mental health can always take a turn, I’m always fatigued, and I never know where my sleep schedule or pain levels will be. However, I always have something lined up!

This week’s plans: start reading a new book, make sure I’m all prepped for my two D&D games at the weekend, and maybe start another weekly book blog meme aside from this one.

With my struggles to find my next read and my choices being a lot, I am thinking I may give Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay a go. Keep seeing it mentioned lately and it’s been sat on my shelves for years.


Thanks to everybody who has been so supportive of my attempted return to the blogosphere. This is something I’ve wanted to do for years, but just haven’t had the energy to put into it. It’s a struggle for sure but I’m glad I’m doing it and your support means the world to me!

How have your weeks been? Reading anything good? Let’s encourage each other in the comments!

0 thoughts on “Weekend Wrap-Up: 19/06/2021

  1. Oh, welcome back to reviewing! πŸ™‚ I just inadvertently had a bit of a hiatus myself, and in some ways it was really restful… but I couldn’t resist coming back. Sounds like you’re in a bit of a reading slump — good luck finding your way out! Normally I reach for something by a favourite author, or even a reread, to help jolt me out of it!

    1. Thanks! I missed it so much, a break is always good when you need it though.

      Yeah, I’ve been in it for a few years at this point so I’m pretty much having to rebuild a reading habit all over again but it’s kind of exciting rekindling that joy.

  2. The big change that the pandemic/lockdown has brought to my reading habits has been a return to re-reading. I have always re-read but working in a bookshop for the last twenty years has meant a continual stream of free, new books so I’ve mostly been tryign to keep on top of new stuff rather than going back to old favorites.

    Since I’ve been at home for so long (still furloughed although this week I am technically on holiday) I’ve been revisiting the vast quantities of books I have here at home and it’s been great. I’ve rediscovered a whole load of books and authors I’d almost forgotten. It’s not just re-reading, though – it’s also prompted me to seek out other books by those writers that I haven’t already read.

    In the spring I was mostly reading American literary fiction but after I stalled yet again on my umpteenth attempt to read Gravity’s Rainbow even once (it’s the only Pynchon I have never finished) I veered off to the opposite extreme and began re-reading some favorite fantasy series. I just finished David Eddings’ Belgariad (for the third time) and now I’m carrying on with the Malloreon. It’s so out of fashion now but it stands up pretty well, I think.

    On the Wind in the Willows… if you haven’t actually read it before prepare yourself for a lot more very lengthy descriptions of nature than you might have been expecting. I started reading it to the kids many years ago as a bedtime story and was amazed to find how unsuitable it was because there are pages and pages where absolutely nothing happens other than Graham waxing poetic about about trees. That said, it really put them to sleep…

    1. I love that! Reading for pleasure can be taken for granted sometimes.

      Oh, to be honest, the main reason I grabbed Wind in the Willows is because I found it on several people’s top 5 most important pagan books and I was fascinated by that. The wholesome story is a bonus!

  3. Tis great to see you back to posting, Jae! πŸ˜€

    I think you returning might’ve finally given me the necessary inspiration kick needed to get out the post I’ve been sitting on around topic diversification since not too long after I started back myself. Hah. I still don’t know whether I want to split book stuff out to a separate blog or just integrate it but it’s at least time to open the conversation!

    As for what I’m reading… Kinda on an old-school fantasy kick too! Picked up Raymond E. Feist again, but his most recent series set in his new world rather than Midkemia. The kindle version has some editing issues, but still enjoying it for what it is so far. πŸ™‚

    Look forward to seeing you around more if you’re up for it! But we’ll always be here if end up needing to look after yourself first and step away for a bit.

    1. Thanks!! Have missed you. πŸ˜€

      Oh that’s awesome! I can entirely recommend integration tbh, having split blogs never worked for me and while a lot of people will follow a blog for one thing, most of us are into many things and more topics are always good. Or just.. skip past the ones we aren’t into.

      Oh that’s cool, I’ve still never read him but I have Magician on my shelf somewhere. Someday!

      Thanks. <3 It does take a lot of spoons to get a post out, but it feels worth it right now.

      1. I think you’re right about integration. I do remember at one point running two blogs simultaneously and I feel like the content suffered on both. And I was hardly a long term blogger to begin with back then! I don’t think — before now — I’d ever broken a year of unbroken blogging.

        Having said that, I still remember the time I joined you on one of your book blogs as one of my fondest blogging memories of all time. πŸ™‚

        If you do get around to Magician, I think you’ll enjoy it. It’s pretty old-school Fantasy, but as a teen back when I very first read it, it felt like a modernised LoTR, with a similar sort of scale.

        1. Yeah same. Either the content on both suffered, or one would be gathering dust while I focused on the other. I’m sure it’s doable but I certainly couldn’t manage it!

          And I noticed that, actually. Proud of you! Though I suppose your little Naithins are a little less little these days? That may help.

          Awwww, same honestly! Working with a friend in a fun capacity was so nice, you introduced me to a lot of authors, too. Being on the same page as somebody else is always a good feeling.

          Oh that’s cool! I don’t mind old-school, the writing can be a struggle with the fatigue in some authors but the stories are a lot of fun. I mean heck, I turned into a big flaming D&D player, of course I want stories of wizards and dragons and adventure. πŸ˜‚

    1. Thanks! πŸ˜€ They’ll probably be few and far between but I’m proud of myself. That’s valid! As long as you’re enjoying yourself, that’s the main thing, right?

  4. Welcome back! I restarted my blog almost a year ago after a 4-year break.

    I love Tigana! I went through a huge Guy Gavriel Kay phase in my late teens/early twenties. The Lions of al-Rassan is my favorite of his books but Tigana is a close second. I’ve re-read them both several times.

    Enjoy your week!

    1. Thank you! Seems we’re somewhat kindred spirits then, heh. πŸ˜€

      I’ll be honest, I’m struggling with the writing style and my fatigue but I really want to push on with it if I can!

  5. When a book is not holding me, I leave it be. I pretty much only post my reviews to Goodreads, and Amazon if I got the book there or its a review book. BookBub is somewhere I sometimes remember to post to! Lots of readers post to Instagram these days but I rarely get around to that.

    1. Yeah, when I’m in that place I end up just not reading for months on end so I’m having to be more ruthless about it now.

      I didn’t know you could post reviews on BookBub! I should look into that. I thought about posting to Instagram, but I dunno, it’s a lot of effort. Perhaps I’ll get around to it eventually. Haha. Thanks for sharing! πŸ˜€

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