Then and Now #58 (30/10/23 - 5/11/23)
Happy Sunday! The Sunday Post is a blog news meme hosted @ Caffeinated Reviewer. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme. is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It is hosted weekly over at Mailbox Monday and every Friday they do a round-up of some of their favourite, shared reads!
It's been a good week, busy but also fulfilling! Teaching on Monday was really fun and Tuesday and Thursday were really productive days for preparing for next week's classes and getting final details sorted for our conference next week. I also have a reading group with one of my colleagues now for a certain area of literary theory that we're both kind of new to/struggling with fully grasping, so every two weeks we meet for coffee and cake and discuss a chapter from a book about it. That has been really fun so far and cake is always good, especially here in Germany. Wednesday was a state holiday so I took that day to relax a little and store up some energy for the rest of the week. Friday was kinda busy, mainly because something went wrong in the system we use for our classes and I had to fix that. But thankfully it was largely an easy fix so everything should be good. My podcast, Book Central, is now also at 10 subscribers which isn't a lot but I'm still happy with it. I think I've finally found my flow, but editing and planning it does still take up quite some time, so it's nice to see people actually listening to it.
We have definitely moved into colder weather here although we haven't quite dropped below 0 yet. I'm giving my wintercoat a wash today, to make sure it's all ready to go for next week. I should probably also dig out a scarf because I have no desire to get a cold. Next week I also have a teaching observation which I'm a little nervous for, but I'm also looking forward to it because I'm sure the feedback will be useful. I will probably be pretty quiet next week, just because of the conference which goes til Saturday evening. I might get a post out on Sunday but I'm thinking I'll probably be emotionally dead. I also finally started reading by Silver Nitrate by Silvia Moreno Garcia. NO IDEA why I waited so long, but I'm really enjoying it now. I'm hoping to finish it this weekend!
Posted this week:
- BC - What We Read #4
- Friday Friyay: A Season of Monstrous Conceptions by Lina Rather
- Review: A Season of Monstrous Conceptions by Lina Rather
- Review: Silver Nitrate by Sivia Moreno-Garcia
Don't really have anything majorly interesting to recommend here, but I've been listening to loads of ambience videos lately and this one just popped up, so I thought I'd share it!
The Monstrous Misses Mai by Van Hoang (47North; 4/2/2024)
A determined young woman in 1950s Los Angeles walks a darker city than she ever imagined in a spellbinding novel about the power to make dreams come true—whatever the sacrifice.
Have once again become lightly obsessed with witchcraft so when I saw Van Hoang's book I knew that would be exactly what I would be in the mood for in 2024.
Leopold and Loeb: The Crime of the Century by Hal Higdon (University of Illinois Press; 1/2/2024)
This is something completely different but I read something about Leopold and Loeb and the case not too long ago, but not enough to really know what was going on. So when I saw that the centennial edition of this book was available to request, I jumped at it!
And that's it from me! What are you reading?