Jeff O'Handley

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Reading List, 2018, Part III

Technically, the end of the quarter was last week, but I chose to delay this post based on events in the world. Here are the list of books for the third quarter (July 1-September 30).

Wolf Season (2017), Helen Benedict. Not bad. Local(ish) setting was familiar.

The Outsider (2018), Stephen King. I love Stephen King. I like long books. But this felt way too long.

The Marrow Thieves (2017), Cherie Dimaline. I like when Young Adult novels don’t feel like Young Adult novels.  This is one of them.

Catch-22 (1955), Joseph Heller. Re-read, but it’s been so long since I’ve read it, it felt new. Feels like we’re living in Yossarian’s world right now, only not as funny.

Exit West (2017), Mohsin Hamid. Lovely and poignant tale of a refugee couple escaping their war-torn country though magical doors that send them…to other places in this world.

Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America (2018), Alissa Quart. We have problems in this country.

Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change (2018), Mary Beth Pfeiffer. We have problems in this world.

The list was short this quarter. The last two books slowed me down quite a bit. Plus, I’ve been writing/revising a lot, which slows down my reading. Plus, hockey season started, which will slow me down even more. I’m a bit surprised at how new my list was for this quarter. Though I’ve been making an effort to read current, all of the books save Catch-22 were published within the last two years. Not bad!

Other news:

* Passed the 100,000 word point on my WiP this weekend while cranking through just about 7000 words Friday (took the day off) through Sunday. That includes a thoroughly non-productive Saturday (less than 500 words), where I sat staring at the screen and the printed pages I was working off of and just couldn’t figure out how my main character was supposed to make a particular transition. I think I got it! It looks like, when I’m finished, I will have managed to cut nearly 30 pages from the previous draft.

* Is it you, or me? For some time, I uses to get e-mail notifications when most people left a comment on this blog (with one or two exceptions). Not anymore, and not for some time. As far as I can tell, my settings haven’t changed, but no more notifications. Anyone else see this happening?

* Congratulations to the lovable scamps at Delta House for the achievement of Brother Bart. Now they have a Supreme Court Justice to go along with Senator Blutarsky.

* Hockey season is on! The Bruins got shellacked in their season opener, but righted the ship the next night. I’m hoping they can pile up points against weak teams like Buffalo, Ottawa and Edmonton while they work out the kinks on the season.

* John Oliver did a piece on the Brazilian elections last night on Last Week Tonight. Can anyone tell me why the world is shifting so much in favor of hatred and intolerance? Let’s hope it doesn’t take another world war to put a stop to it.

That’s it for me, what’s new with you?
 

2 Responses

  1. I wasn't getting notifications on posts, either, for awhile. Got where I had to comment and click on "Notify me" just so I'd get something! Then I got an e-mail from Blogger asking if I still wanted to get notifications sent to my e-mail. So maybe something is going on with Blogger?

    But… I do know that when I comment on your blog, it comes back undeliverable. That has something to do with my aol account, I'm sure. So not getting notifications from me is because of my account. So it looks like it me AND you. Haha!

    Yay for hockey. Although I'm still engrossed with baseball (yay Dodgers!) and football. It's the busy time of year sports-wise.

  2. Interesting. When I *was* getting notifications, I never got them from your comments. Now, I'm not getting them from anyone! Never knew it had to do with aol.

    Busy time, indeed. It's amazing to me how far into autumn America's summer game extends. They should be shortening these seasons, not extending them.

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