Then and Now #4 (8/9 - 8/15)
Another crazy week and this one was honestly a little exhausting. I had a work meeting on Monday afternoon which was great and very productive. Afterwards I dropped by family friends for a distanced dinner at home. I was surprisingly exhausted afterwards and am starting to realize that I really am out of social practice. Because while I had Tuesday to recover, Wednesday completely for a loop when I went to an all-day BHV training. (BHV is Dutch for Emergency Response). I was a bit of a tired mess on Thursday and talked myself into a bit of a frenzy about whether I had picked up COVID during the ER day, even though we had all masked and did our best to keep distance. A self-test put that to rest but still, by the time Friday came around I was TIRED. I wonder if I'm ever going to get over that anxious feeling of 'you still have so much to do, there are so many balls you're dropping', but at least I've gotten better at ignoring that voice over the years.
Here's what I posted:
- Review: Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh
- Sir Gawain & the Green Knight - From Poem to Film: Mother, or Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
- Friday Friyay: Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim
- Review: Cecily by Annie Garthwaite
you're a princess dreaming in a palace garden - ultravclet
I have become a massive fan of these kinds of playlist videos. They make for great reading soundtracks and I love how much creativity and imagination goes into these by the creators. They're not just putting music together, they're trying to create a mood. And it is super effective! So many of the Comments sections for these kinds of videos are filled with pieces of writing inspired by the music. This one is beautifully dramatic while still allowing for nice calm moments.
In My Mailbox
The Girl Upstairs by Georgina Lees (12/9/2021; HarperCollins UK)
How well do you know your neighbour?Would you trust them with your life?
As someone who can also hear their neighbours very clearly, this is horrifying to me. So of course I'm desperate to read it!
The Trapped Wife by Samantha Hayes (9/8/2021; Bookouture)
Aah yes, an unreliable narrator! Do give it to me! Bookouture has honestly been putting out great thriller after great thriller over the past year or so, they've definitely become a go to for me.
Hourglass by Elizabeth Means (MonkeyTree Publishing; 6/1/2021)
I just loved the sound of the blurb, but I do also know I'd hate to know exactly when I would do! I also haven't read Dystopia in a while and considering the world and my own anxiety levels, maybe it would actually be cathartic.
The Hand of the Sun King by J.T. Greathouse (JABberwocky Literary Agency; 8/5/2021)
On his father’s side, a legacy of proud loyalty and service to the god-like Sienese Emperor spanning generations. And it is expected that Alder, too, will follow this tradition by passing the Imperial exams, learning the accepted ways of magic and, if he serves with honor, enhancing his family's prominence by rising to take a most powerful position in Sien—the Hand of the Emperor.
But from his mother he has inherited defiance from the Empire, a history of wild gods and magic unlike anything the Imperial sorcerers could yet control. It began when his spirited, rebellious grandmother took Alder into the woods and introduced him to her ways—ways he has never been able to forget.
Now, on the verge of taking the steps that will forge the path of his life, Alder discovers that the conflict between the Empire and the resistance is only the beginning of a war that will engulf both heaven and earth, gods and man—and he may be the key to final victory for whichever side can claim him as their own…
I kept seeing this book around and it kept drawing me in, so I was super happy to see it come through on NetGalley last week!
So that's it for me! How has your week been?