Good morning, Chums. I hope that you’re all doing well! This is my first weekend back from the blogging vacation, which went rather splendidly. Aside from actually figuring out how to bloody well relax, it gave me time to decipher what I’d like to do with BiblioNyan for the rest of the year. But I’ll chat about all of that in a later posting.
Yesterday, I discussed anime films that I want to see, and, in that write-up, I mentioned briefly how I’ve been struggling with reading. Sometimes I feel like my hobbies function on some sort of rotating schedule. I can never really enjoy more than two at a time. Currently, it has been watching films and catching up on Western televisions serials. A few months ago it was reading and playing video games. The best that I can do is keep dipping my toes into the reading pool and hoping that the water will be comfortable enough to let me sit for a while, if that makes sense. If not, then I’ll just use my reading time for cozy napping.
This weekend my dipping and dabbling consists of two books. One of them is a book I started yesterday and the second is what I hope to get to afterwards. My mood for fantasy has been very strong, so I’m going to go for it without hesitation. I think it may be the saving grace to my inability to focus on books for extended periods of time. Besides, both of these were too enticing to pass up.
The Rise of Kyoshi (Avatar: The Last Airbender) by F.C. Yee
The Rise of Kyoshi is a young adult fantasy prequel novel to the animated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender that tells the origin story for Avatar Kyoshi.
She was one of my favourite characters in the series and I had always been immensely curious about how she became the Avatar. I’m only a handful of pages into it, but thus far, I love every bit of it. It’s exciting and marvellously written. My nostalgia has shifted into the sixth gear of bliss, which means that a re-watching of the television series shall follow the reading adventures.
City of Lies by Sam Hawke
City of Lies is an adult fantasy novel about a dude named Jovan who is secretly the master of potions and chemicals, and who is charged with protecting the Chancellor’s family. When the Chancellor dies via treacherous poisoning, Jovan and his sister must protect the Heir and prevent the city from falling into total chaos. However, their task is further complicated as they don’t know whom they can trust and what sorts of malevolence lie at the turn of each corner.
My eye has been on this novel for quite some time. I was hoping to read it during a fantasy-themed readathon in July, but a reading rut bitch-slapped me into abandoning the readathon. I returned the book back to the library and tinkered around in other genres. When I saw it again during my weekly lib excursion, I figured it was time to give it another try. It is a bit of a hefty book, so I’m going to take it at a comfortable pace and hope I don’t get sneak attacked into a more severe slump.
In addition to being a biblio-bug, I will practice my Kanji and continue to work on my writing projects, with a nap tossed in here and there for good measure.
Those are my plans for the weekend! Have you read these titles, and if not, do they sound interesting to you? Please, come chat with me in the comments and I’ll see you again soon!