Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts is a weekly meme hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous that works well for my scattered mind.
- My post-ABEA slump finally hit. I guess the first week of June I still had residual energy pushing me along, but it finally hit last week… and I was so out of it that I kind of didn’t even notice until the weekend. So on Monday I made the impromptu decision to take a few days off. It’s been really nice, but time will tell if it was enough to shake me out of this funk.
- With all my newfound free time this past week, I’ve been using Duolingo to “learn” Italian. I put “learn” in quotation marks, not because I don’t think it’s effective, but because so far I’ve mostly been reviewing things I learned eight years ago. We’ll see what happens when I get to new stuff (if I stick with it that long).
- I don’t watch TV, I don’t listen to the radio, so I do like getting weather alerts on my phone… but I only need one! My phone was going off all day yesterday about a flash flood warning. All day. Would. Not. Shut. Up.
- One of the few things I read this week was Susie’s post at Book Riot, Should Literature Be Taught in English Class? And I just have one thing to say… how is it that I’ve never considered this before?! With all the other arts being shoved to the side, why is it that literature is important enough to receive “core” status? Reading for theme and symbolism has far more in common with understanding the structure of a symphony than the kind of reading and writing that are necessary life tools. I’ve always resented the high school curriculum for killing my love of reading (thankfully I found it again, but how many people don’t?), and now it seems I have another reason. Maybe I should be happy that any art is considered important… but instead I’m just pissed that music, (visual) art, and theatre are all electives – if they’re available at all – yet everyone gets four years of outdated language shoved down our eyeballs whether we’re interested in it or not.
- Just this morning, I heard that Angry Robot is discontinuing their Exhibit A imprint. I’ve read three books by them – a 3-star, a 4-star, and (most recently this month) a 2-star. Just because these books weren’t all great for me, though, doesn’t mean I’m glad to see it go. Unfortunately, most mystery and thriller readers just aren’t looking at small presses… and maybe most speculative fiction readers aren’t either, but clearly many of them are. I think the very nature of those stories means their readers are more likely to look outside the mainstream. So the fact that Exhibit A hasn’t had much success isn’t entirely a surprise. It still sucks, though, especially for the authors they were working with.
- Given that I haven’t been glued to the computer all week, you’d think I might have more to share this week… but you’d be wrong.
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