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WIT :: of summer literary options

It’s a sad, sad thing in Bookwormlandia when the number of books I’ve abandoned recently is equivalent to the number of books I’ve actually read.

How is this possible? When did I start becoming so discriminating and picky? I used to be able to devour tripe in one sitting.

But now my brain is so demanding!

It actually wants a decent and non-predictable plot. It craves engaging protagonists who are neither whiny nor angsty nor Mary Sue-y. It’s developed a radar for subpar writing and clunky turns of phrases.

And you know what that means, right? It means my library of must-read YA novels has dwindled significantly from when I started building it. It was a thing of beauty, too. I had at least 18 in a revolving list on my library queue every month. But every month, when I acquired my stack and started perusing, I would abandon book after book within the first two chapters.

I think this is what happens from not expanding my reading genre and staying firmly in YA land. But then again, even when I did try to deviate, especially at the behest of my good friends, it just didn’t work. (Sorry, Selah. Tooth and Claw just wasn’t cutting it for me.)

So now I have several options, all of which are definitely doable this summer:

Option A: Explore more genres. I started my reading journey with Nancy Drew and mysteries and there’s no reason I can’t go back. I just need to research vetted authors.

Option B: Write my own YA novel. Now that my kiddos are older and require less supervision and attention, perhaps I’ll be allowed long periods of uninterrupted time to finally finish the several half dozen already started in my laptop.

Option C: Revisit old favorites. The entire Pern series. The Belgariad. The Abhorsen trilogy. Kenneth Oppel’s Matt Cruse stories. Heck, even L.A. Meyer’s Bloody Jack series would be enough to tide me over, it being 12 books and all.

Option D: Complete pending series. DJ MacHale’s Pendragon or Jeny Nimmo’s Charlie Bone awaits. Of course, if I really want to be retro, I could go back to manga and finally finish reading the Fruits Basket collection.

Anyone wanna bet I’ll just end up doing all four options?

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What’s in my head :: of philosophy, personal peace and one sick bunny

If a blog entry is published in the blogosphere and no one is around to read it, does it still exist?

It’s Easter Sunday and whether you’re the church-going type or the Easter bunny type, you are probably not glued to your computer right now.  You are most certainly not reading fashion blogs right now.

Therefore, as I type this, does this mean I’m talking to myself?  If so, why?  Shouldn’t I be going to church/searching for Easter eggs/nomming on brunch too?

Thing is, my friends, writing is my church.  As sacrilegious as that sounds, and even though I do have faith in a higher power, I find the most solace through introspection and writing.  I guess it’s like when my mom – the secular nun – completes decades on her rosary.

I think we should all be allowed to find our own personal peace and be afforded the liberty to express it.  So whatever you are doing today, may you find comfort and happiness in the doing of it.

Aly is sick today. My poor little bunny…

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