Did the pandemic change the way we read? You bet it did. Physical, electronic, and audio books sales all increased. And just like everyone else, I read widely, deeply, to escape, and find comfort, too.
This became particularly noticeable after I started working full-time. Dark and depressing could no longer hold my interest. [Too close to real life!] And I abandoned a few books midway, which really frustrated me; apparently, I read like I interact with people, I give them (too many?) chances.
Enter My Lady Jane, a fantastical re-imagining of King Edward’s rein before, during, and after Lady Jane Grey’s nine days on the throne. It’s a light and funny tale that doesn’t take itself too seriously (and it strays wildly from history). Annnd it’s what I needed after the big fat failure of finishing nothing in November.
If you like historical fiction + fantasy + romance, I think you’ll find this to be an entertaining read. Overall, I enjoyed it, but by the end of it, I wanted something else. It’s just my mood, these days, mercurial, and ready to read more because I have so many books I want to read! Hands up if you agree!
Looking back at 2021, I was a few short of my reading 30 books goal. Naturally, I blame the novels I abandoned halfway, and a job that drained me of my essence (see The Dark Crystal). I mean, I can’t blame myself for my over-ambitious ideas of what I can and could do. Never me, always them. [Hey, I could be a good politician!]
So, in order to continue this trend, of failing, I’ve decided to sign up for WordPress’s Bloganuary. “Each day, you’ll receive a new writing prompt to inspire you to publish a post on your blog.“
EACH DAY? Ha. I can see me abandoning + combining posts already. But the last time I joined a WP challenge, I ended up making new friends and flexing my creative muscles, so I guess I’m ready for it.
Who’s ready to join me in a Happy New Year belly-flop?
How’s your December? I’d share what I’m reading now, but I’ve already abandoned Tulip Fever because I have a strong suspicion I’ve read it already! Has anyone else done this? Got the memory of a goldfish, I tell ya, it’s a miracle I can remember where the front door is…
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.