THIS WEEK IN REFLECTION
Hello! Does the blogosphere seem weird right now, or is that just me? I keep thinking, “Hey, I haven’t seen a post from so-and-so in a while…” or “I wonder how [blogger] is doing?” Maybe that’s just me because I’m still trying to figure out a blogging schedule with school. I’m taking classes, doing a manageable amount of homework, talking to mentors to find the right person to vibe with, and scoping out the internet for Deaf social events and interpreting workshops.
So far, I’ve been strict about not doing school stuff unless it’s on my calendar. Part of my anxiety is I’m always looking ahead and worrying. If I’m doing homework, am I neglecting Nick? If I’m hanging out with Nick, am I neglecting my blog? If I’m writing posts on my blog, should I really be reading other people’s blog posts? etc. etc. etc. Thus, sticking to the “TIME TO WORK ON SCHOOL STUFF” approach has eased some of that cyclic worrying.
This Friday was the inaugural meeting of the Huntsville Horror book club I started! We were a movie club, and then I spotted an opportunity for the bookish types to join me. There were five people total, which is a good size. I told my friend and fellow Huntsville member Morgan if there were just two of us I’d still be happy, because I’m used to that with Biscuit Book Club. We discussed They Came From the Ocean by Boris Bacic, which I enjoyed even though I felt claustrophobic because the author kept mentioning the divers 12,000 feet under the water wanting to itch their noses or move some sweaty hair out of their faces and just touching the glass of the helmet.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POST
Thanks so much to Tara Lynn Masih for giving us some insight into her newest book, How We Disappear. I’ve known Masih’s name for years because she edited the collection The Field Guide to Flash Fiction, which I used and appreciated in the early 2010’s. And then her name cropped up again in March 2022 when so many libraries were creating lists of books to read with a Ukraine setting or Ukrainian characters after Russia attacked. Her book My Real Name is Hanna was everywhere. I also read and reviewed her early collection, Where the Dog Star Never Glows.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POST
I guess I’m a little bit surprised by how many people were excited about my first Sweet Valley High review. I thought folks would simply indulge me. On Wednesday, I’ll share my thoughts about Who’s Who. With these SVH posts, I’m trying to avoid like/dislike, because the books can be shallow (eyes twinkle, gazes smolder, voices are husky), but they also say something about a time and place, and the fact that millions of girls identified with the SVH series so deeply says something about American culture in the Reagan era.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 202
Owned Books on TBR Last Week: 195
Owned Books on TBR Today: 195