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25 July 2012 @ 09:38 am
boringest life ever.  

I seem to be suffering from the boringest life ever, in terms of blogging. We have finally all recovered from jet lag (Ted actually suffered the longest, I think, because he has to get up at 5:30 and the Springsteen concert really messed him up). Poor guy.

I’ve been writing some and reading quite a lot and doing a terrible job of keeping up on blogging my recent reads. This week I’ve read

- the 2nd and 3rd WVMP RADIO series by Jeri Smith-Ready, and I just bought the, er, free download novella that is book 3.5. Something happened in the 3rd book that I didn’t like, but I’m waiting to see if it pays off and is justified or if I think it was just a mistake. :)

- the 2nd Starbridge book, SILENT DANCES, which in my callow yout’ was my favorite of the series and which I suspect still remains my favorite, although there’s one aspect of it that makes me go o.O when it didn’t when I was 17. (It’s a romantic subplot where it’s very nearly love at first site for the 20 year old protagonist. Which, since it didn’t bother me when I was 17, is probably fine, but as an adult I thought it was too convenient.)9

- the first Agatha Raisin mystery novel, which became increasingly charming as it progressed and which I am now looking forward to reading many more of. My big plan for the day may be to go find books 2 & 4, in fact, as I already have 3 & 5. :)

I’m up to 37 books this year, which exceeds last year’s count by 6 already (we won’t talk about 2010, when I read an embarrassing 15 books), and I might even beat my 52 book goal. I doubt, however, that I will reach 104, which is really the minimum number of books I feel I should read in a year. I don’t, however, believe I’ve done that since I got published. Being a writer cuts into your reading time. Nobody tells you that.

We picked up a BUNCH of urban fantasy while in America, which is unlike me, because generally I find reading UF too much like work. Possibly the whole not writing 2 urban fantasy series a year thing is helping that, though, ’cause I’m enjoying what I’ve been reading. I got a bunch of mystery novels, too, and some YA, and now I want to go buy ALL THE YA AND READ IT because, er, good stories, lads, good stories.

(x-posted from the essential kit)

Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on July 25th, 2012 09:59 am (UTC)
The BBC has serialized several of the Agatha Raisin books for Radio 4, with the wonderful Penelope Keith as Agatha. They're huge fun.
I *never* seem to have anything to say on my blog -- my life is one long round of writing-laundry-cleaning-sleep, as far as I can tell.
kitmizkit on July 25th, 2012 11:27 am (UTC)
Right, except for the astute political and gender diatribes you write regularly. :)

I've never really gotten into radio dramas, but these books do seem like they'd be fun to listen to. :)
Mary Anne: pixelpers1stence on July 25th, 2012 01:27 pm (UTC)
I thought the explanation of how certain people living with "disabilities" don't feel that they need to be changed (or "fixed") in Silent Dances was brilliant. I also thought the romantic subplot was too facile and improbable.
T. Rev: St. Rev. Dr. Revst_rev on July 25th, 2012 01:31 pm (UTC)
I was going to comment that my dad's middle name was Murphy, after some distant ancestor, but apparently 'Murphy' is the Irish equivalent of 'Smith' so nvm.
UrsulaVursulav on July 25th, 2012 03:09 pm (UTC)
Ha! Just re-read Silent Dances and had the exact same problem. Young me was fine with it, 35 year old me was like "Dude. You are comin' on WAY too strong. What the hell."
kitmizkit on July 25th, 2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
Yes! Ew! Stay away, creepy dude! Like that. :)
Mary Anne: pixelpers1stence on July 25th, 2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
Oh! I just connected dots -- MC Beaton is also Marion Chesney, whose regency romance novels I absolutely devoured as a high schooler. They weren't great literature by any means, but I liked them lots (except one, in which the heroine/heroes relationship I still find a bit troubling as being a little too far on the simpery young miss, masterful older man spectrum).
Alix (Tersa): Writing (tersa)tersa on July 25th, 2012 03:30 pm (UTC)
Your icon, which I believe is new? is adorable. :)
irishkateirishkate on July 26th, 2012 10:22 am (UTC)
If your life is boring with concerts and travel and jetlag and children and husbands and all, I don't know what you could call mine - there isn't a word dull enough for it....