Monthly Recap: October 2014

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I feel like the term “monthly recap” is pretty self-explanatory, but just in case here’s my spiel! I’ll be recapping what I’ve read for the month and what reviews I’ve written, along with what I’m planning to read for next month. What’s been happening in my personal life may also be making an appearance from time to time (this of course depends on whether anything interesting happens!).

What I’ve Read This Month:

  1. The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy (school)
  2. Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe (school)
  3. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
  4. Silent Words by Ruby Slipperjack (school)
  5. The Pot of Gold, the Menaechmi, and Other Plays by Plautus (school)
  6. Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison (RTC)
  7. Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare (school)
  8. Halfbreed by Maria Campbell (school)
  9. Otherworld Nights by Kelley Armstrong (RTC)
  10. Diamond Grill by Fred Wah (school)
  11. Saga Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (RTC)

See how many books I read for school this month? School is crazy intense right now. That’s all I’ve got to say about that. As for books I actually want to read…I’ve been in a bit of a book slump, honestly. I’ve been reading Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson for WEEKS now and even though I really like it I can’t seem to push through to the end. Audiobooks seem to be a safe bet though – such a nice way to rest my eyes and keep my mind occupied while doing chores – so maybe I’ll grab it with an Audible credit and try that instead.

I’ve also dived into Instagram this month! I’ve had it for a while but it’s only been recently that I’ve been regularly posting and browsing; it’s a surprisingly effective way to find new blogs that cover the same kinds of books that I do! Plus it’s a great way to numb my brain on my break at work. Here’s my favourite picture I took in October:

Last month I tried setting a mini-TBR for myself and it was a massive flop: I only read 1/4 of the books I set out to. I’ve been thinking about it a lot and I’ve decided that TBRs are just not my thing. They make reading for fun feel too similar to assigned readings for school – and I’ve got more than enough of those. I genuinely don’t know what I’ll be reading in November and I’m pretty excited about that!

What I’ve Reviewed This Month:

  1. Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire (UF)
  2. Black Dog by Caitlin Kittredge (UF)
  3. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire (UF)
  4. Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison (UF)

As you can see, October was the month of UF! Sadly there was a bit of a mad scramble to write some of these reviews, I’m thinking I may need to implement a system beyond what I’ve got going right now, which basically consists of me going “OH &*%$ I HAVEN’T WRITTEN A REVIEW THIS WEEK” and trying to bang one out. It’s weird how unorganized I am about blogging because in every other respect I’m hyper-organized. Clearly I need to find a way to make that skill transferable!

October has been a crazy month in my academic and personal life, so it’s been pretty slow here at Fine Print. If you have any tips for juggling seasonal business with blogging, pass ’em on because I could definitely use some! How do you deal with business? What tricks do you use to emerge from a book slump?

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  • I pretty much manage my entire life schedule using Sunrise Calendar (https://calendar.sunrise.am/). It’s pretty good for helping me keep things balanced! Although I fully admit to planning things with good intentions – only to later cancel them because I’m lazy.

    • What a great idea, thank you! I’m a big fan of using a daily planner or a calendar, so I’ll definitely check this out.

  • Anya E. J.

    School always gets in the way of fun stuff 😉 I find that making a point of writing reviews about a day after I finish a book helps me stay on top of things and I just schedule them for whenever is appropriate depending on pub date/how much content I have in the coming weeks.

    I’m also falling in love with Instagram, so much fun! I always like the pics on Twitter, so this is basically exactly what I want, haha. I also find the emphasis is more on personal life instead of blog promotion which is nice.

    • I think you’re right – writing my reviews ASAP is pretty much the only way to keep on top of them. Thankfully I jot down notes while I’m reading, because that keeps me from forgetting important points I had if I’m writing the review weeks after I’ve finished the book…which I’ve totally done before. Sigh.

      I completely agree, Anya! It’s nice to see what people are up to besides blogging – and being able to put a face to the blogger name is cool, too. Hopefully the longer I’m on Instagram the better I’ll become at photography, because right now I’m pretty dismal, hahaha.

  • I think I mentioned I took a course in uni for Asian American Lit…I could swear I read the Jade Peony too. It sounds so familiar…it’s probably a similar curriculum 😉

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    • You did mention that! It does sound like a pretty similar curriculum, although honestly that could be because there are so few Asian Canadian texts that have become cannon for Can lit. You’re Canadian, right? Did you got to school in Ontario? Maybe it’s a provincial thing: all the profs get together and dish about their syllabi to help each other come up with ideas. I could see it, haha!

  • Sometimes life just can’t be ignored =) The whole reason I started Tough Travels was because I truly thought reviews would have to slow down in that time period; wasn’t getting the reading time for a while.

    • YES, too true! Tough Travels and similar meme-type things definitely save my bacon when things get too hectic. Without them I’m pretty sure that my blog would be tumbleweed central.

  • I’m psyched that I have a new audiobook partner in crime! They are a great way to tackle your TBR pile, while getting stuff done, and resting your eyes. Win/win! I just finished a month-long IG challenge, and although it was fun, posting every day was a lot of work, so I’m taking a bit of a breather. I usually rely on the Molly Harper / Amanda Ronconi author / narrator duo to pull me out of a reading slump.

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads.

    • Audiobooks are fantastic! I noticed that you’d been posting like crazy on Instagram – I can see how that would’ve tuckered you out, especially since your photos looked great. Teach me your photography ways! 😉 Hmmm…maybe I should listen to Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs…Jane Jameson is like book comfort food for me.

  • What does RTC stand for? The acronym looks familiar but I can’t place it…

    • It actually stands for “review to come.” Just goes to show how lazy I am that I didn’t write it out fully, eh? Hahaha.

  • I’m still in a book slump so I have no advice other then read whatever strikes your fancy don’t try to to force any particular book on yourself. I know I still have a hard time balancing work life, family life and my hobbies. Dead witch walking! Love!

    • Dead Witch Walking was an excellent way to emerge from my book slump…but then I slid right back in. I really liked it! Can’t wait to get all caught up on the series so I can talk about some of my theories about Miss Rahcel Morgan.