So apart from keeping up with the majority of my Top Ten Tuesday posts I seem to have disappeared from this blog for quite a while. Various things conspired to me taking something of an unscheduled blogging-hiatus but I’m hopefully back on a regular basis now….ooops?
Personal Update and PhD Progress
It’s been a very busy few months for me! I’m now filling in full time as the volunteer ‘marketing person’ of Litfest and we’ve had quite a few projects to wrap up recently in addition to our usual program of events. We’ve been programming next year’s festival too with some really good writers waiting in the pipeline….
I’ve also been going back and forth from Scotland since May, which has been great for my reading time but not so great for my to-do list. I’m back in Lancashire now for the foreseeable future so the posting schedule should settle down. I’ve got quite a backlog of reviews to put up so – hopefully – a couple should be appearing each week!
Michaelmas term has started at Lancaster uni, bringing with it a huge influx of new students. I’m now three weeks into the second year of my Creative Writing PhD and also my first year as an Associate Lecturer (a rather grand title seeing as I’m only teaching one creative writing seminar but I’ll definitely take it!). After a few introductory weeks of freewriting exercises and prompts we’re about to start workshopping properly next week. The BA course is an updated version of the degree I started six years ago and it’s really interesting to see the process from the other side.
Whilst I may have disappeared from this blog I have far from disappeared from the book world. Over the last three months I’ve managed to get through a lot more books than I expected (thanks in a large part to Scotland and my improving health). It might even be enough books not to miss my 100 book target for the year by too large a margin, which seemed impossible at the beginning of the year.
It’s been a good few months for my TBR list. I’ve managed to read a couple of complete series (The Raven Cycle and The Riyria Revelations), get up to date with several more (inc. The Tearling and The Memoirs of Lady Trent) and even cross off some of the books that have been on my TBR the longest (Feed, Deathless, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street and For Darkness Shows the Stars). I’ve also been very lucky in that I really enjoyed the majority of these books and only had one DNF. I also think I might give the DNF (The Mirror Empire) another shot when I have more time to get my head around the complex world-building and slow build up.
Here’s hoping for a good end to my reading year!