picking up where we left off?

So, it’s January. Again. Last time I posted, it was last January. Oh dear. That’s not to say that I haven’t been reading – quite the contrary – but I’ve just been slack, apparently. Or forgetful, rather. Or attracted to the simplicity of Tumblr.

Anyway, a new year, time to get back to it. Talking about books and stuff – truthfully, I’d like to expand beyond books, mostly because Gala Darling has been my favourite blog of late. But books are what I know and do, it’s true.

I’ve finished my degree, and can now claim to be a graduate in English and Classics. I’m currently working full time at the University Bookshop, dancing around the general book floor and reorganising the teen books. It’s a pretty decent way to wile away the days whilst attempting to save (read: failing) to go to Europe. I’ve been reading my way through many a book, naturally. Let’s see… I’ve been working my way through the books of A Song of Ice and Fire, and am currently about halfway through A Dance With Dragons. I read The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (not to be confused with The Windup Bird Chronicles by Murakami, which I haven’t read, but I did finally read Kafka on the Shore, which was fantastic, and you all should go read it) and Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. Jeffrey Eugenides has been a point of interest – I’ve read Middlesex and The Virgin Suicides, not to mention learned how to pronounce his name properly – it’s yoo-juh-NIGH-dees, apparently.

Dare Truth or Promise, by Paula Boock (good read for gay/questioning teens, definitely brought some memories to the surface) and Triple Ripple by Brigid Lowry (my FAVOURITE teen author, and possibly favourite author of all time). Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan (the former being one of the authors behind Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, which I LOVE) was a fine form of entry into the world of John Green’s stuff. I reread Breaking Dawn over the course of a slow week at work, flicking through an already slightly mangled store copy at the counter – I felt I needed to review it before inevitably caving and watching the film.

I’ve also been cultivating a mild addiction to Sookie Stackhouse related things, after a friend gifted the first 8 books to me, and Dom and I started watching True Blood. I’ve now read through all the books I own, and we’re up to the second season of the show (after gradual watching of the first half of the first season, we powered through five or so episodes last night).

Anyway. Herein I do swear that I will be back on the blogging bandwagon. And writing in general. I’ve made the fine purchase of The Exercise Book as released by the IIML at Vic, and have been doing bits and pieces here and there. The fact that my high school English/Creative Writing teacher and at least a couple of uni tutors have exercises in the book reminds me that I have a damn good foundation and should make the most of it.

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