It’s been a while

There are many things in life I regret, one of which is being a rotten correspondent. I always have good intentions, but we all know where those lead.

Anyway, I’m almost done with the Goodreads Challenge. I’ve read 44 books so far this year. Granted a lot of them were Manga or Graphic novels, they still count. I did read a lot of Supercorp fanfic, but I’m not counting those. I had to stop anyway for reasons unrelated to the show. It all goes back to regret in the end, I guess.

The most recent one finished was The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite, a bi author. I mention that the author is bi because, while I am not, I have been assured by friends who are, that bi-erasure is very real. Reminding people that an entire group is ignored is the least I can do.

Back to the book and regrets. This book was pretty good. It was a period romance, and a lesbian one at that. It almost made me disregard the whole hygiene thing in a way that Sara Waters has not been able to do. But the book was smart, in that it was intelligent and it made me miss conversations about anything other than the crimes of this current administration and coping with a pandemic.

This book made me regret not continuing my education when I had the chance, for all that I was so far removed from a science or math major it’s not funny. Instead of following my desire after graduating college, I let fear and pressure and the really bad mental and emotional place I was in dictate my actions. I’ve done that too much in life. So had Catherine in the book. Like Catherine comes to realize, perhaps it’s not too late to find oneself, one’s passion, and a hot young astronomer.

The one thing in life I do not regret is my twelve year old daughter. She is the light of my life and my reason for existing. She is also twelve, did I mention that? Which makes her a royal pain in the keister at times, but I love her anyway. 12 man, it’s not an age for parental lightweights and it’s kicking my ass.

My daughter, E, is in love with cosplay, manga, and anime. Together we watched one and then I later bought her the video game on which it was based. She binge reads My Hero Acadamia and together we read a yuri series called Bloom into You. Bloom, while gay is not explicit. It’s a sweet multi book series about two girls falling in love. No regrets there, so at least that’s something.

It’s funny. I woke up because my wife’s dog was being an asshole and I can’t get back to sleep. This post just kept going through my head and I know I didn’t say half of what I wanted. Of course, I’ve made this into a book site, not a watch as Hope works out her depression by typing into the void site. So I can pardon myself for being a little vague.

Tl;dr. Regrets suck. Read a book.

Stay safe, people.

Five books ahead

In my Goodreads Challenge, I’ve read 10 out of the 30 I had set as a goal. My wife was surprised I had set the bar at 30 and not at more. Honestly, I may increase it. There are so many books out there that I want to read and so many more that I may not know about yet. But of course with a full time job, a wife and kid, three dogs, one cat and a writing habit it does make it a little difficult to squeeze things in to a day.  Even editing and revising my own work seems to take a backseat to everything else though that’s mostly because I feel as if I don’t get the story on paper it’ll never happen.

Anyway, the books that count toward my goal this time were a few graphic novels. Some people think graphic novels are cheating, but I don’t. I also read god is not Great by Christopher Hitchens. This book was informative and full of knowledge and a little condescending. Apparently that’s Hitchens in a nutshell.

I finished a what if retelling of an American Fairy tale as well, The Secret of Sleepy Hollow by Andi Marquette This reevaluated the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and provided a sweet lesfic romance. I liked it.

I am having a hard time finding a few of my personal goal books at my local library. Don’t tell my wife, but I may have to order one or two. As we get closer to the midyear point, I’ll reevaluate my goal and perhaps make it larger.

That’s it for this edition. Stay safe.

 

 

Cross off two more

I recently finished two more books and while they count toward my Goodreads goal, they don’t count toward the list of books I had compiled to read this year. That’s ok, it’s only March. Wait, March? Wasn’t it just January? I guess it is true that the older you get the shorter the years get.

So I read Backwards to Oregon by Jae and was completely blown away by the fact that she’s German. It’s a very well researched and detailed novel and I loved the characters.  I wish I had been as impressed with the other book I read, How to write Pulp Fiction.  That one was more of a composite of other books and interviews. I will say that at least it’s helpful to have it all in one place.

As to the status of my works, well I got a rejection notice for my lesfic romance novel. It’s just the first so there are many more to get 🙂 It’s a bit of a confidence let down, but writers are the ultimate rejection letter collectors. Besides, I’ve got three works in progress, two to revise and a couple of short stories that are trying to get my attention.

Until next time, stay safe.

The Man in the High Castle

I’ve read three out of 30 books so far for the Goodreads Challenge. This time I finished The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick. Maybe its the current climate, but it’s hard to read dystopian fiction right now, especially this type of what if speculation.

The book takes place in a reality where FDR was assassinated before Pearl Harbor which allows Germany and Japan to win the war and divide the US between them.  The Nazi regime has exterminated almost all those of Jewish descent as well as most Africans. The American South has revived slavery and the American spirit has been demoralized. It’s not a pretty picture.

Looking back on it from this end of time it is of course very dated.  The characters are not very fleshed out, especially the females (both of them).  While I do now regret reading this book, I don’t imagine it’s one I’ll ever read again.  I will try another book of PKD’s though.