This week, I thought I was going to end up in major trouble at work, but got a raise instead.
Wild week. Happy ending.
So it goes.
Remember how I said I was going to cut back on Facebook time? Well, I’ve spent maybe five minutes on it each day, and that’s mostly because it’s how my book club coordinates our get-togethers. Three weeks into this little experiment, and I’m wondering why I didn’t do it earlier. My attention span is increasing by leaps and bounds, I’ve been more productive around the house, and my stress levels have dropped significantly. I still know what’s going on with friends and family and I still get the news, it’s just from less frenetic sources like NPR.
And I don’t know if it’s due to increased time at home or a better attention span, but I’ve been reading like crazy. I’ve finished ten books so far this month and I’m in the midst of two more. Basically, I’m averaging a book every two days- the sort of rate I had during summers in high school. It’s fantastic.
Why are we so wrapped up in social media, again?
Last week I read:
- Bringing up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman
- Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat
- The Tale of Genji by Lady Murasaki Shikibu
- Travels with Herodotus by Ryszard Kapuściński
My current reads:
Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh– Like most girls of her noble station, seventeen year-old Moriko is expected to be ladylike- elegant and beautiful, with nothing on her mind except pleasing her family and her eventual husband. But Moriko has always been an odd girl- too intelligent for her parents’ liking and wanting to learn everything that she can. While on her way to the imperial city where she is intended to marry a prince of the realm, Moriko’s caravan is destroyed and she is nearly killed. After fleeing into the forest and disguising herself as a peasant boy, Moriko makes it her mission to infiltrate the group responsible for the attack and bring them down, even as she finds a place where her intelligence is valued.
A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee– After being rescued from the gallows, Mary Quinn, a homeless criminal on the streets of Victorian London finds herself at an unusual school for girls. After finding that she is unsuited to most of the occupations taught there, she is accepted into The Agency, a group that trains gifted young women like Mary to become covert agents, using the stereotype of the ‘brainless, silly woman’ stereotype to conceal their investigations. Mary is sent to a merchant’s home in the guise of a Lady’s Companion in order to investigate the missing ships and smuggling operation the merchant is suspected of. This is the first of the Mary Quinn books.
I’m conflicted as to which book to start next- Daisy Goodwin’s Victoria, or Laurence Cossé’s A Novel Bookstore? They both look great, and both appeal to things I love- the Victorian era and bookstores. I guess I should flip a coin.
Any opinions, one way or the other?