Oh August, what even WERE you? I don’t think I’ve ever had a more hectic month. After moving out of the apartment I had shared with my ex, I spent most of the month bouncing around between my parents’ house a few hours away and the spare bedroom of one of my best (and very generous) friends here in Buffalo. I’ve been keeping super busy with friends and family, which has been great for my spirits but bad for my productivity. There’s no rhythm to my days or weeks, I’m living out of a few boxes, and half of the things I want on a daily basis are in a different city. I need to have a well-ordered space in order to have a well-ordered mind, and right now I can’t find the focus necessary to sit down and write or even to read more than a few pages at a time.
1. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. A dreamy, lyrical portrait of a marriage.
2. Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart. The story of America’s first female deputy sheriff, set in 1915. A fun, gutsy romp.
3. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer (audio). A biologist, a psychologist, an anthropologist, and a surveyor mount an expedition into the mysterious, dangerous Area X. Intriguing and suspenseful.
4. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory. The War of the Roses as seen through the eyes of Elizabeth Woodville, wife of King Edward IV. Plots, intrigue, and witchcraft!
5. The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth (in progress). A fictional account of the 1066 Norman Invasion of England, written in an updated version of Old English. A bit difficult, but fascinating and atmospheric.
6. Circling the Sun by Paula McLain (audio, in progress). Beryl Markham, racehorse trainer and pilot extraordinaire, tells the story of her life growing up in colonial Kenya. Stunning and evocative, in the vein of The Paris Wife.
7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (in progress). Jane, an orphan brought up in a strict boarding school, takes a governess position at Thornfield, where she meets the abrupt Mr. Rochester. (That’s as far as I’ve gotten, and I’m loving it!)
I’ve been mood-reading like whoa recently, and I plan to continue reading whatever I fancy in September. I have quite a few fall BEA books to read, but once I get through them (or not; we’ll see), I plan on taking a break from reviewing new releases. I don’t have many review commitments outside of the books I picked up at BEA, and I’m going to try to refrain from requesting anything new for a while. Now seems like the right time to dig into backlist and read some of the classics I’ve had on my list for years. Self care, yeah!
Hopefully things will settle down in my personal life this month. I have a few leads on jobs that I’m hoping will pan out. I could really use some structure right about now (not to mention the paychecks)!