Bookish (and Not so Bookish) Thoughts

Bookish and not so bookish thoughts is a weekly meme hosted by Christine @ Bookishly Boisterious. I’ve spent longer in the part time to full time employment transition zone than I thought I would. Still living pretty far from where I work, not really taking the time after I finish a book to review it. I miss this though, the writing, the thought-recording, though I stare at a computer enough day to day. This weekly post was something I always enjoyed writing, so I thought it would be a good way to sneak a peek back into blogger-land!

  • Bookish thoughts first then! I’ve had a pretty good run with stuff lately. Especially the anti-superhero stuff. Vicious by Victoria Schwab was so wonderful. Following a pair of college roommates who become bitter enemies after an experiment takes a dark turn and each become an “extra-ordinary” it’s a smart, unique, and very entertaining twist on the superhero origin story. By total coincidence, I was reading Steelheart, another superpower loaded book, with more of a dystopian sci-fi bent, by Brandon Sanderson around the same time. In Steelheart, the people with special powers are the villains; twisted by their power to be cruel and tyrannical, brutally controlling and destroying entire cities. Vicious and Steelheart are entirely different books with entirely different settings and atmospheres, but they both play off the idea that superpowers don’t breed just stoic and noble men in tights. They portray a more realistic side to the fantasy trope: that of the super-human with a dangerously inflated sense of his own importance, his unshakeable convictions breeding tyranny, not justice.
  • See? I should be writing more posts more often. I totally wasn’t planning any of that. I just meant to say both of those books were great, since I had just started both when I last posted.  To that end I have to add that The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater was wonderful as well. She really knows how to build a rich world around a small town. It might be my favorite of her books, for all that I love The Raven Boys.
  • I’ve mentioned several times that I’ve recently started listening to audiobooks while I drive to and from work, over an hour each way. I read The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, Vicious, and The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein this way so far and I’m currently listening to Entwined by Heather Dixon. Ready Player One is waiting in the wings. I enjoy them more than I ever thought I would. I’ve always been a visual person. If you tell me your name, I’ll forget it immediately, but if you’re wearing a name tag or you’re a high fantasy character with some weird and wildly unpronounceable name I’ll remember it forever. I thought I wouldn’t be able to follow a book read aloud to me, but I still got the skills I learned as a toddler. The Ocean at the End of the Lane was probably the best one to read that way so far, but The Art of Racing in the Rain narrator sounded so perfectly like a dog whenever he said “Yes!” I smiled to myself every time. I like the new and different experience. Sometimes I’m annoyed by the way a narrator does something, but those little extra good moments are pretty cool.
  •  Change of gear for a not so bookish thought: Why are one bedroom apartments so expensive? I really don’t want to have to deal with roommates anymore (I had pretty bad experiences for a couple of years in college, nothing super serious, but it’s never fun when you don’t feel comfortable in your own home), but having one would make so much sense when I see it would reduce my rent by almost half.
  • Related thought: getting errands and things done when working full time is all but impossible. More experienced adults need to give me some guidance on this.
  • These always end on such an anticlimactic note, but that’s all I’ve got for now!  Have a happy Friday and a great weekend! I’ll see you all when I see you, which is a not so subtle way of saying I should stop promising to post more often.
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