I need a new name for these posts since they don’t seem to happening weekly anymore. This time it’s not entirely my fault though. I was going to start doing them every other week, and then freaking Hurricane Irma showed up and screwed up everything. My family and our houses were all fine since the hurricane ended up not hitting any of us directly, but I lost power for nine and a half days, then I still didn’t get cable and WiFi for another week or so after that. I felt so lost! Not only did I not have blogging and the book community, I didn’t even know what was going on in the world! Some of you saw my tweets every so often when I managed to get to my aunt’s house a few times and use her power/WiFi, but it was too tiring for me to go often, so yeah, that’s why I went missing online for about two weeks.
Anyway, if you’ve never lost power for an extended period of time, here’s a little about what it’s like. It’s not just losing internet/TV for a bit and being bored. It’s having no lights and having to carry flashlights with you everywhere and doing everything half in the dark. It’s having no AC, which meant 80-something degrees F (just for reference, 84 F = roughly 29 C) and 75% humidity INSIDE because it was 90-something outside. So not only was it hot, everything was just damp. The pages of my books literally started getting wavy like they had been dropped in water because there was so much moisture in the air. (Thankfully they seem to have recovered now that AC is back.) And when you’re that hot, it’s hard to sleep, so you’re exhausted on top of everything else. It’s also having no kitchen appliances—no fridge, no freezer, no stove, no microwave. That means you either have to eat things like chips or go out to eat, and you end up throwing out a whole bunch of food if you don’t have a way to keep the cold things cold. It’s also having no hot water because the water heater uses electricity, so you gotta take cold showers. I even had mosquito bites from having windows and things open so much. All of this is made even more fun when you have a chronic illness.
And yes, it is ALSO being bored. During my nine and a half days without power, I:
– Read five and a half books.
– Watched thirteen and a half movies on a portable DVD player.
– Wrote two poems that I have dubbed “The Hurricane Poems.”
– Drew two pictures. (The second one is a quick sketch using pen of myself sitting all curled up in my chair from my perspective. I had never tried drawing something like that before, it was different.)
– Did a book of brain teasers with my grandma.
– Did a lot of daydreaming.
– Slept (or at least laid in bed) a lot.
And keep in mind this is just power we’re talking about. I can’t even imagine how much worse it’d be to lose running/drinking water, to have flooding, to be hit by tornadoes, to have serious house damage, etc., like so many people are dealing with during this hurricane season. I especially can’t imagine what it must be like for anyone with disabilities, chronic illnesses, or special medical needs. It really makes you think about the things you take for granted.
And then, once you do get power back, there’s a crap ton of things to do, which I’m still not caught up on, but anyway, enough about negative things. Let’s get on with the bookish stuff now!
I got bookmail! This whole stack—eight hardcovers and one paperback—was $37!!! Book Outlet is amazing, guys.
Also, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I love my librarian. They have yet again purchased a book I recommended, this time it was Black City Demon, which means I get to continue the series :-D (My review of the first book is here.)
Aaaand I thought it was pretty cool that Fierce Reads retweeted my Berserker photo!
— Kristen Burns (@whykristenburns) September 4, 2017
Books I Received for Review:
9/10/17: Berserker is from the publisher because I’m doing a review for the blog tour with JeanBookNerd.
9/17/17: Shadow Faerie is from the author.
10/1/17: Nocturne is from the authors.
Books I Finished:
9/10/17: If you saw my review, then you already know I had some major issues with A Bargain in Silver.
9/17/17: I really enjoyed the Old West/Norse mythology mashup in Berserker. I also really enjoyed The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (yay vampires!). I Heart Robot was good as well, a thought-provoking book about androids. Shadow Rise started off a bit rocky but got better as it went on.
9/24/17: The Rains was alright, but too many drawn-out action scenes for me. Shadow Faerie was another gripping read in the Creepy Hollow series.
10/1/17: Creatures of Will & Temper took a while to get to the good stuff, but it was interesting and well-written. Nocturne was great! It’s only Book 2, but this is already one of my favorite series. Persephone was cute but unfortunately short and rushed.
What I’m Loving:
I’ve switched things up and started a new section! Instead of sharing a song and funny thing each week, I’m gonna share some things I’m loving. So it could be songs or funny things, but it could also be shows, food, blogs, etc. Not things I’ve been asked to promote or anything like that, just things I’m honestly loving. So this week, what I’m loving is…
All the Amy’s frozen pizzas I’ve tried have been delicious, but I have always loved Margherita pizza, and ohmygosh this one is just so amazing. The crusts even taste like garlic bread. *salivates* And I love Amy’s meals in general because they’re made with real, natural ingredients, not a bunch of preservatives and things.
In Case You Missed It:
– I reviewed Three Heart Echo by Keary Taylor, a bleak, eerie, slow-paced paranormal suspense.
– I shared a poem I wrote about a misunderstood merman.
– I reviewed Trans Liberty Riot Brigade by L.M. Pierce, a gritty, grungy LGBTQIA dystopian.
– I reviewed I Heart Robot by Suzanne van Rooyen, a thought-provoking story about androids.
– I posted mini reviews for three graphic novels—Taproot, Ninety-Nine Righteous Men, and The Little Red Wolf.
The Sunday Post Link-Up:
Once again, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer :-)