Updates: Closets and Genre Jumping
Kel Wednesday, June 24, 2015Closet Clean-Out:
This weekend, I tackled a long overdue task: I cleaned out my closet. Surprisingly, it didn't take as long and wasn't as stressful as I'd imagined. I had three piles (keep, give away, and maybe) and got outside input to help me decide on the maybe's (95% of which then went to give away). I forgot to take a picture at the very start, but here's a look at the process/results.
I wound up with 1.5 bags of clothes plus a box of shoes and dropped it off at Goodwill the same day I finished so it wouldn't sit lingering in the corner for a year...because that can happen. ;)
The empty hangers and shelf space give a good sense of how much was cleared. I'm not a super organization nerd, but I do feel better looking at my closet now, knowing exactly what's in it and that I'll actually wear all of it. And even better, the stuff I cleaned out can get passed on to new owners who will make use of it. Less waste! :)
I finished Six of Crows. It has a really interesting setting and I was mildly invested in a few of the characters; but it went from Mission Impossible to Mission Melancholy (and angst) which, along with a few other issues, really dragged down the entertainment value. And threw me into a bit of a reading funk...
I picked up another book soon after finishing Six of Crows, but it was also about a thief in a fantasy city...and I just wasn't ready to dive into something so similar. I looked through the other books on my summer list and, horror of horrors, none sparked my interest.
I think there are a couple of culprits. One, I just had a book I was super excited for disappoint, and it curtailed my excitement for other books. Two, I think I felt the need to distance myself from that disappointment, which was turning me off reading fantasy...which is really bad because that's, like, my entire collection.
So I turned on my Nook, read the first pages of a few titles, and finally settled on a light historical drama I'd grabbed for free, The Widow of Larkspur Inn. I had zero expectations going in, and it's a completely different genre from my usual. And that's been good. I think I needed a palate cleanser.
Does this ever happen to you? For one reason or another, you need to jump genres and read something totally different?
That's it for this week's happenings! Thanks for stopping in and check back tomorrow for my review of Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson! In which a new American Revolution is brewing and it's steam v. magic. :)