Poly-Reader Notes: MAY 2021

I’m not sure what it was about last month that made getting four books wrapped up, but I suspect it was in part due to getting sucked through Breasts and Eggs like water in a funnel. I just couldn’t put it down, couldn’t bear to read anything else. So although I read a lot, I didn’t make a lot of progress on other things, or start a lot of new things. But I did get those four books, which I am very proud of myself for doing.

Currently Reading:


How to Write Funnier – This is the second book by Scott Dikkers I’ve picked up on humor writing, and I’m enjoying it a lot. It’s just that I’m also trying to do the exercises in it, which slows me down in the reading of it. I suspect I’ll have this one done in a few months, but I don’t want to rush it.

The City of Gold and Lead – B-Bug and I have recently picked this one up after going on a Dogman binge for a few weeks. It’s fine, but it’s no White Mountains, you know? It’s a touch slow, there are far fewer tripods at the start, and even I’m having a hard time getting enthused about it, so you can imagine how an almost seven year old is coping. But we just heard that The Wild Robot author is coming out with a third book sometime, so that’ll be delightful! We’ll still try to plug through this one, but after that, we’re going to have to switch it up a bit.

The White Spider – Kind of forgot about this one, as I started it at the same time I started Breasts and Eggs, so it fell by the wayside, and I haven’t been super hungry for adventure non-fiction these days. But the writing really isn’t bad, so I probably just need to give it time to grow on me.

Gideon the Ninth – I know, I know, everybody loves this book, and I don’t dislike it, it’s just, for some reason, hard to pick up on a regular basis. I still think it’s a kind of exhausting book to read, and that probably says more about me than about the book, and again, it’s not bad, it’s just heavy and rich and sugary and fun. I dunno why I’m struggling to get into it. There’s a piece of me that feels like the writer comes through a little too much, but I’m not sure if that’s just because I’ve been reading it very piecemeal. I’ve decided I will try to give this one the time of day this month: front and center, and see how it goes.

The Power Broker – This one got sidestepped for Cetaganda. I really can’t do two audiobooks at the same time, and Cetaganda was my fun relaxation read, which I needed a lot this past month. I do need to pick up another fun read, which I’m not sure what will suit that just yet.

Designology – Blurp. Blurpity blurp. I dunno. I just haven’t been in an interior design mindset lately, but that could change. I’ve just kind of gotten hung up on the patterns/noise-level portion and it’s just dragging.

Dark Tales – Plowing through this one. I love Shirley Jackson, and reading her short work is really making me want to start my own weird fiction magazine, which I totally know I SHOULD NOT DO, but oooo, it’d be so fun, but seriously, NO. But it’s a pleasure to read her stuff. It’s so dark and so cuttingly funny, so yeah. This one will be wrapped up by the end of the month for sure.

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Need to get some other swift reads on this list, because I can already feel it getting bogged down. Maybe a graphic novel or a novella or some such? Hmm… Maybe something funny. I’ve got a couple I could pull from my To Be Read pile, and I should be getting a book order soon-ish, so we’ll see.

What are you reading this month? Anything your particularly looking forward to?

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