I’ve been stuck in a bit of a blogging rut lately. It’s not that I don’t have anything to post (I have a review written on Landline that I just need to be type) or new ideas, but I’m struggling to balance my personal life, career, and blogging aspirations. I’ve also been struggling with a lot of personal issues—but luckily, one thing I never struggle with is my ability to buy new books.
Yesterday, I paid a visit to Barnes & Noble, which is always very expensive, but totally worth it. I bought two books while there.
The first book I picked up was a copy of Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang’s graphic novel In Real Life. In Real Life is about a girl gamer named Anda who starts playing an MMO. She and another player start hunting down ‘gold miners’ who perform in-game tasks for real-life money, but soon Anda realizes that things aren’t as black and white as they seem. I’ve already finished this book; it was a really quick and easy read (and I always have trouble pacing myself when reading graphic novels). I wish there’d been more to the book, as I felt a lot could have been expanded upon and wasn’t.
The second book I bought is actually a collection of short stories. It’s a little book you may have heard of (because it has stories from almost every major YA author writing today) called My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins, of Isla and the Happily Ever After fame. The book is a collection of holiday-themed stories, so I think it might be weird reading it now, but I’m going to give some of them a try. At the very least I can’t wait to read the story by Rainbow Rowell.
And finally, my boyfriend leant me a copy of the book The Longest Winter: The Battle of the Bulge and the Epic Story of World War II’s Most Decorated Platoon by Alex Kershaw. This is, obviously, a non-fiction book about WWII. I’ve been looking for a really good, but not long, book about World War II to read since I read Band of Brothers a couple of years ago.
Since my last post, I’ve actually finished Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. I’ll have a review for that up eventually. I want to read the sequel, Authority, but I’m giving myself some space since Annihilation was really creepy and gave me very weird dreams for a week.
I’ve also read Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir, which was just about the funniest book I’ve ever read. I will definitely be posting a review of this one soon.
And, with the completion of Let’s Pretend, I’m celebrating a small accomplishment: I’ve officially finished all of the books I purchased from one trip to B&N not long ago. This may not seem like a big thing, but when I buy more than two books at any given time it’s very rare that I actually read and finish all of them. There’s always one book that, by the time I get to it, I’m no longer in the mood to read. But this time was different, so yay for that.
What’s everyone else been buying/reading?