I’m giving Writing down the Bones a little break because she says to practise what she says to write during the process of reading, which I’m slowly but surely trying to get into the habit of doing. I’m a very lazy writer, because writing makes me think and I’m not always ready to think. It’s easier to watch Monk reruns on TV and gaze lovingly at my puppy.
He gazes lovingly back so it’s ok.
I’m trying to get back into a regular journal habit, instead of only writing when I’m bursting to.
In the meantime, I didn’t read anything else for a little over a week because Half of a Yellow Sun by Adichie really burnt me and I needed time to recover. It’s set in the 1960’s in Nigeria, during the Nigerian Civil War between the Igbos and the Yorubas. I may post a review of it when it hurts less to do so, but believe me, it’s beautiful. I loved Americanah a little more, honestly, but I think that’s just because I’m a lot like the protagonist of Americanah. I loved and cared about all the characters of Half of a Yellow Sun but I didn’t personally identify with any of them. Americanah has a very special place in my life as the first adult book with a character I see myself in. It’s important to me. Half of a Yellow Sun has a lot of difficult, poignant moments and it should not be read in one sitting. As with all books set during a war, it has more sad moments than happy, but it had a somewhat uplifting ending nonetheless. People who know me would understand why I, of all people, would finding the ending of this book uplifting, but I don’t want to give anything away.
Anyway, I’m currently reading The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood. I’m unsure exactly what this book is about, so far. I gather it’s about three women whose friendship is based entirely on their hatred of a women named Zenia, thought dead, until she returns to their lives. I only began it yesterday, and I was out nearly all day, and I returned and gave Herr Terry (Geddit? Because he’s a German shepherd) some much deserved love, so I haven’t gotten very far. However, the writing is so arresting, that I just want to keep reading with no clue about where the story is going. I feel like if the writing is good enough, reading about someone’s morning routine is not only fascinating, but also extremely insightful. That’s literally what I read yesterday, a woman Tony’s morning routine, and I am hooked. Now, that’s talent. J
I start work next week, guys. So soon! Rffdkbfdivmfv! I’m very nervous. Wish me luck. And keep me motivated so that I keep blogging, on my phone on the move, if nothing else. My friend thanked the heavens for the presence of my puppy because he’ll ensure that I come home, and not become too much of a workaholic, because I have a tiny bit of a tendency to go down that road. 😛 Wish me luck so that I work hard but keep reading and writing ! 🙂
Talk to me in all these new and fascinating places also because I’m so interesting! 😛