Good morning! The sun isn’t out and the birds aren’t chirping. Thanks to one of my professors, I’ve realized that crows have pretty much taken over my neighborhood. Luckily they aren’t being loud (yet). I’m sitting at my desk, drinking my first cup of coffee as I try to feel less like a zombie. My sleep has been off lately and with today being the first day I’ve had more than five hours of sleep, you would think I would be feeling refreshed.
Today is the first day of Aarti’s A More Diverse Universe blog tour. Aarti’s posted the schedule for the entire week. If you’re a participant and didn’t receive an email, check your spam folder or the line-up for your date. I’m really excited to read everyone’s posts. Also, please consider visiting some of the blogs that are participating in the blog tour and leaving a comment.
Friday is the start of Banned Books Week where readers all over the country pledge to read books that have been banned or challenged in libraries. There are so many great-looking books to choose from. I plan on reading and reviewing one or two banned books to celebrate but I don’t know which ones yet. I’m checking ALA’s list of banned and challenged books along with Melissa’s list of banned books in Tucson for inspiration. Hopefully these two events help me get back to reviewing.
So last week, I wrote about losing my reading mojo. This week it’s returned! I finally finished my first book of the month, The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan. It was a reread and now I can finally review it.
I’ve realized that one of my problems when it comes to reading is that I often don’t make enough time for it. I’m happy if I can read at least one or two hours in a day but I usually choose to study instead. I’m trying to make it a morning ritual to read for an hour instead of checking email. It’s going okay though this morning, the first thing I did was turn on my computer!
After Brides of Rollrock Island, I started reading two new books: The Secret Life of Frida Kahlo by F.G. Haghenbeck and Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoğlu and James Robinson. Why Nations Fail is really engaging and readable. I’m enjoying the imagery in the Frida Kahlo book but the writing isn’t as engaging as I wish it was. It’s a translation so I’m not sure if that’s the problem or not. Now I wish I read Spanish so I could read the book in its original language. I plan on continuing both books today and study for this week’s upcoming tests.
What are you reading today?