It’s hard to believe 2016 is a quarter over already. It seems to have gone particularly fast this year, though for me perhaps that’s because of how time dragged for almost two years, before exploding into massive change this past March. Seems everything really changed for me this month. I got a new diagnosis, and new medications that have really helped. With that medicine, my body and brain suddenly had a hundred times more energy, and I started feeling GOOD for the first time in years. I began writing again, and wrote all but three days after beginning on March 7th. I exercised all but six days last month. I met up with friends and family eleven times (yay social!), and left the house nearly every single day (a marker of less depression for me). I even managed to (mostly) keep my house clean!
My book-life was equally changed. Since late December, I’ve been in the mood for multi-reads, and have been reading and listening to the same books over and over. I listened to one 49-hour audiobook six times. Many of my books came from revisiting old favorites, and a giant chunk of my reading (over half!) were from a single author (Brandon Sanderson). It was like my brain didn’t want to take in anything new, but instead wanted to hunker down with old friends for comfort.
However, with the changes in medicine, energy, writing, health, etc, my book-life suddenly shifted as well. I found myself grabbing tons of random books at the library to try out, and seeking out downloadable audiobooks. Continuing to revisit those multi-read books no longer appealed to me. I didn’t read much that was new in March – only two of my six reads – but the mental shift has happened. I’m looking forward to new things in April, including the upcoming Readathon as a way to try out a bunch of possible new reads!
Certainly, this first quarter of 2016 has been an interesting one. Seventeen books read, eight of them rereads, eight of them on audio, no nonfiction to speak of, only one book not in the sci-fi/fantasy category. Beyond the rereads, best book of the year so far is, hands down, Words of Radiance. It’ll take a lot to top that one this year! I kinda wonder what the competition will be like. Maybe Stiefvater’s Raven King, which finally comes out this month…
Super happy to have a bunch of library holds come in this week! I’m looking forward to all three of these: Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke, A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann (been waiting for this one to be released for nearly three years!!), and The Woman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell, which came to me both in print and audio, so I’ll have to see which is better. Happy reading, y’all!