I have been staring at the blank, black page of this empty Word document for the better part of fifteen minutes. Even though it has only been about a week and a half to two weeks since I’ve last written anything, it feels far longer than that. As such, finding a way to start a post, even a simple Weekend Reads one, feels quite intimidating. Then again, introductions have never been my forte, frankly speaking.
Anyhoo… Hello, chums! I’m sorry that it’s been two weeks since my last update. Actually, strike that. I’m not sorry about it at all. The Quarantine Blues bitch-slapped me quite powerfully over the last couple weeks, so rather than force myself to work, I carved out some much-needed mental health space and took care of my brain. That’s not really something I need to apologise for. Sometimes we need to do that; put everything else aside when possible and focus entirely on ourselves so we can keep moving forward. Granted, it does feel like I’ve needed more and more of these sessions as of late, but that’s only because self-isolation is a gig I’m quite terrible at. Even so, I am getting better at coping! I think.
After a long refreshing chat with Madame Gabs and someone else who’s very near-and-dear to my heart, I think my headspace is clean and clear enough for me to return to blogging shenanigans, which I shall be evolving somewhat in the coming days (keep an eye out for announcements and things). In the meantime, I figured a good ol’ fashioned Weekend Reads post would be an excellent way to dip my Akatsuki-sockie-wrapped tootises back into the blog pool. So, viola. Here I am.
My reading habits have changed a bit as I’ve transitioned into eBooks recently. They are much easier for me to focus on while I’m in bed or on the couch on a computer, and Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited (30-day free trial for newbie folx) has had some choice picks from my TBR that I couldn’t pass up. Also, physical books really seem to hate me nowadays with all the paper cuts and slashes they’ve been attacking me with. Digital is definitely safer for my phalanges.
I tried reading fiction but ended up getting bored quickly, so I transitioned into fantasy and action-adventure type novels. These have been fitting my mood and ADHD-induced antsyness quite well, and that’s what I’ll be sharing with y’all today. The first is a re-read (after 8 years) and so far it’s holding up phenomenally. The second is one that all my mates have been trying to get me to read for years. When I saw it on Kindle for a $1.99, I figured it was high-time to stop being a stubborn brat about avoiding it. The last one sounded like an action-adventure romp that would be great for escapism. I shall review them all when I’m finished with ‘em.
Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1) by Jim Butcher: The first instalment in an adult urban fantasy series, it follows a wizard from Chicago that can be found in the yellow pages as Harry Dresden. He doesn’t do parties or parlour tricks, but if you’ve got a lost kitty or a vampire infestation issue, then he’s totally your guy. When a couple is found to have been completely eviscerated mid-coitus, local detectives call him to the scene. As Harry investigates the heinous crime, he realises that it may be connected to a private case he’s working involving a woman in search of her husband.
I first read this back in 2012 and I really enjoyed it for what it is. Now that Jim Butcher is finally putting out another instalment in the series after what feels like a decade (almost a decade has passed since the last release), I figured it was a great time to revisit Harry’s shenanigans and it’s a pleasant ride so far. His old man sass is glorious. I previously read the first four or five volumes and there are currently fifteen or sixteen books in the series as a whole.
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards #1) by Scott Lynch: An immensely beloved first instalment in the Gentleman Bastards high fantasy series, The Lies of Locke Lamora is one that everyone and their mum and their cat and their pup have been telling me to read for years. But the thing about hype is that… it’s a turn-off. So, I put the trio of paperbacks on my red SFF shelves where it has been collecting dust like a bucket under a leaky roof on a rainy day. But the Kindle deal was too sweet to pass up. I haven’t started it yet, but it’ll be the one I dive into after Dresden Files #1.
It’s about an orphan named Locke Lamora who’s also an incredibly talented con artist and leader of a band of sticky-fingered-bromancers known as the Gentleman Bastards. However, Lamora’s reputation begins to precede him, garnering attention from a deadly rival. Faced with a coup and the threat of losing all he’s worked hard for, Lamora decides he’ll defeat this foe once and for all or die gloriously trying.
Breathrough (Breakthrough #1) by Michael C. Grumley: An action-adventure thriller book that is the first in a series, Breakthrough takes readers through an unbelievable discovery that is made on the ocean floor. A group of scientists getting ready for two-way communication with dolphins, the US Navy, and a shady mysterious group all become interested in this discovery, even if it means putting the whole planet at risk to obtain it.
I’m approximately 20 pages into this book right now and so far all I can say is that while it’s interesting, it’s also a tad bit boring. Then again all action-adventure books feel pretty sub-standard during the first hundred pages, so I’m not too worried about the boredom. The two-way chatting with dolphins intrigues me much more than anything else, and I’m hoping that portion of the book gets good writing and good development.
Tomorrow I’ll be chatting about my mental health during quarantine and how it’s been deteriorating and also what I have been doing to combat this degradation. I know that self-isolation has been challenging for many people and I’m hoping that by sharing my experiences, even the ugly and gory details, it can help others out there.
Thanks for being patient with me. I’m forever grateful for y’all’s support and kindness. Wishing you a gentle weekend ahead. Take care.