One of my really bad habits when I’m supremely stressed out is shopping, specifically book shopping. I tend to go to the library to help me with this compulsive behaviour, however, I now work every single day during the same exact hours that the Libs is open for business, which has taken away my ability to healthily treat my stress shopping habits. So… when insomnia has stricken over the last month or so, I have ventured into the dark and tempting territories of the Amazon Kindle eBook store.
All of the books that I had intended to read a couple weeks ago ended up falling through because I simply didn’t have the attention span or time to devote to them. While I’m saddened by it, I’m also glad that I realised I had to put reading aside to just let Life do its thing, otherwise I may have fallen into an atrocious reading rut (my second biggest nemesis after spiders). Since things have been super hefty with respect to my emotional and mental well-being, I turned to chill, cosy books to help me unwind
Recently, I finished reading a book on female serial killers called Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History by Tori Telfer and it has me craving true crime narratives like a catnip addict. In addition to my nonfiction treats, I also have a science-fiction book or two to help break the tension and heaviness of the dreary and decrepit. One of these sci-fi titles is marketed as a Fungalpunk trilogy
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman is a British magical realism novel about a middle-aged man that returns to his childhood home upon the passing of a relative. During the post-funeral wake, he takes a step away from the crowded building to explore a farm at the end of the lane, wherein he comes across a small pond on the property.
Awakened by James S. Murray and Darren Wearmouth is a science-fiction, horror story that begins in New York City’s latest underground subway line, which is an express line that connects the city with communities across the Hudson River. On the inauguration celebration of this state-of-the-art transport system, everyone is stunned when the train’s car arrive completely devoid of human life except for the blood that splatters its walls.
March and April were about average reading months for me. I spent most of my time reading through manga because my ability to focus on novels have been quite moody. Nonetheless, I found some great graphic novels to enjoy that helped me to stay in the reading groove for the most part, which I’m grateful for. Towards the end of April, I finally found my out of the rut pit and was able to read a few fantasy novels.
The new university semester starts in a week or so, where I shall be returning in the pursuit of a pharmacist degree (I’m so ecstatic, y’all). Since I will have very little to no free time then, I want to spend the next couple days revamping my office/study and the burrowing into blankets with comforting reads, TV serials, and my kitters. During this period, I’ll definitely be ignoring the world because I need a mental and emotional break
To-Be-Read lists can be so dangerous. On the one hand, they are super useful with helping the unsuspecting bibliophile in keeping track of titles that sound really fascinating in the moment. They masquerade as a useful tool to help the avid reader in maintaining resources of stuff if we actually find ourselves without anything to…
Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill is a science-fiction, post-apocalyptic, artificial intelligence novel that is a stand-alone story that I will rave about until the end of 2019. Sea of Rust takes place in a post-apocalyptic, futuristic world where humans have gone completely extinct after a massive war with artificially intelligent individuals. The story…
A Kill in the Morning by Graeme Shimmin is a British science-fiction, alternate history stand-alone novel that I picked up due to it’s badass, cult classic type of cover. I honestly didn’t even read the synopsis until after I checked it out. While the novel didn’t blow my knee-high sockies off of my tiny little…