Cursed (reading) Slumps! Meet Your Match!

I'm not going to write an introduction paragraph where I aplogize for my extended absence, and I've been struggling to read lately, and I don't know what's gotten into me... blah blah blah.

Yes. My blog hasn't yet reached it's second birthday and I've managed to fail spectacularly at keeping up with it.

No, I'm not going to apologize for that anymore. Otherwise the overwhelming need to make up for that lost time will be too great. I've learned that from the past few failures of revitilizing this site.

So here's the deal. I am once again acknowledging my nearly year-long slump from reading, writing, working, and just about existing. It happened. I'm done shining a light on it. I'm human and I have mental dispositions that sometimes make doing things I love hard. There.

On a lighter note, I am reading again. It took someone sharing something they loved dearly and thoroughly to inspire my own adoration for books again. It wasn't just my love of books rekindled, but I was reminded how magical it is to share the worlds and characters of beloved books with those who are equally enamored. You know who you are and the specifics of that exchange. Thank you.

In finding myself and my inspiration again, I decided to attmept an extremely ridiculous reading challenge. I have challenged myself to read 30 books in 30 days. Mind you, it's a little ludicrous to start such a challenge in the middle of a month with 31 days. Why not start on November 1st? Because my ADHD says so.

My average daily page count needs to equal 250 in order to read every book I chose in 30 days. Once the challenge time lapses, I will share which books I have completed. Listed below is my tentative selection of books for this challenge:

  • Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu

  • Wicked Villains series (books 1-5, and short stories) by Katee Robert

  • Clash of Kings by George RR Martin

  • Under the Dome by Stephen King

  • World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

  • The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling

  • Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang

  • The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova

  • The Perishing by Natashia Deón

  • Soul Eater Volumes 5 & 6 by Atsushi Ohkubo

  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman

  • The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

  • Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

  • Rat Queens Vol 4 by Kurtis J Wiebe

  • Saga Vol 4 by Brian K Vaughan

  • Setting the Table by Danny Meyer

  • Sailor Moon Pretty Guardian Vol 2 by Naoko Takeuchi

  • The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True by Sean Gibson

  • The Killing Joke by Christa Faust

  • Abrahama Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

  • The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith

  • I Want to Eat Your Pancreas by Yoru Sumino

In the meantime, I have some posts coming out to you every few days catching you up on the huge life changes that have taken place since I last typed at you. Fair enough? Oh, and there will certainly be plenty of booktags to go around. Who am I without booktags?

I know this wasn't a particularly excited return back to the blog, but it's the best way to chip at the ice and work my way back into doing this thing. Please bear with me.

I'm very happy to be hanging out here again! Stay tuned for more soon!