In case you don't follow me on Twitter (where I randomly rant), I was interviewed by La La in the Library for her Saturday Evening Conversations post- it's full of interesting facts like how I've been writing a book for 12 years... and I just realized that I've been writing one book for over half my life. I'm fairly obsessive about writing.
Recent Acquisitions (or the Piling of the-Piles):the-pile Additions:
None! (Though I have another Better World Books shipment en route- I need something to cheer me up).
Fifth Quarter (Quarters #2) by Tanya Huff
I've picked up several books (and even books with short stories), but this is the only one that's held my attention for more than a few pages. And the reason why it's held my attention? The heroine may be having incestuous thoughts about her brother, who is currently sharing her body due to magical meddling reasons. Hmm...
Magic Binds (Kate Daniels #9) by Ilona Andrews
Expected publication: September 20th
This is much less controversial- Kate and Curran are simply the perfect couple. That's all I have to say about this one so far.
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam #1) by Margaret Atwood
I was a bit disappointed with this one, but given I had a depressed mood starting it and that it is a semi-depressing book, it wasn't the best book for me to read in the first place. It reminded me a lot of The Heart Goes Last. I think my favorite of Atwood's will always be Cat's Eye (which isn't sci-fi dystopic at all).
Prudence (The Custard Protocol #1) by Gail Carriger
Though this one was cute, it didn't quite strike me as much as Carriger's previous series about Pru's parents, The Parasol Protectorate. I wish this one had more going for it other than being a light steampunk romp with a pinch of romance, but it doesn't.
Tuf Voyaging by George R.R. Martin
This was the most enjoyable book I've read in the past few weeks- it's set in space and it has plenty of cats, along with other mysterious critters. Tuf's wisecracks kept me smiling even though the past few weeks have been tough for me physically and mentally. It's also the only book I've fully reviewed thus far.
A Fall of Moondust by Arthur C. Clarke
Imagine this- you're vacationing on the moon when disaster hits, and your cruiser/tourist bus has been buried beneath the moondust (a mercury-like substance they theorized covered the moon prior to man setting foot on the surface). Though I found the premise intriguing, I didn't relate to the characters, and therefore, I didn't care much what happened, or how it happened. This is a good read, but would be more appreciated by people fascinated with the technical elements (even though I found many of those questionable as well, but again, this was published in 1961).
Val @ Innocent Smiley does a guest post at The Fox's Hideaway about Shattering Stigmas on mental illness and her Chinese heritage.
Kritika @ Snowflakes and Spider Silk is planning a new series of posts on Bookish Eats. Sounds yummy!
Erin @ The Paperback Stash reviews Alfred Hitchcock: A Brief Life by Peter Ackroyd. Her review intrigued me so much it went straight to my want-to-read list.
If you're in need of a smile, stop by Michelle @ True Book Addict's Cat Thursday - Olympics! post. George currently holds the best napping record in our house.
In My Life:
I'm still walking as though my legs will go out at any minute. Since I noticed my walking has steadily degraded, I saw my doctor, who sent me for an MRI of my brain. I learned I'll be likely waiting until October for a neurologist appointment, so I'm hoping they find something definitive on the MRI so I could possibly be helped now, instead of later. I went in for the MRI Thursday, but my doctor's office was closed on Friday, so I figured I would have to wait for the results. Then she called on Friday, leaving a vague message. We called her back, and of course she wasn't there.
I'm frustrated with my healthcare at this point, because I am now using a walker instead of a cane most of the day just for safety reasons. I usually exercise on our stationary bike, but though I used to be able to have it on the third resistance level and pedal 5 miles, I'm now using no resistance and I can barely pedal one mile. As a person who previously enjoyed being outside and going for walks, these symptoms have not been easy to deal with. It's been at least 27 days since I last walked semi-normally, and I feel like I've been living out a bad dream ever since then.