Saturday, 14 January 2017

Sunday post 53; It's Monday, what are you reading? 38

The Sunday Post is a chance for a chatter and catch-up with other bloggers and is hosted by Kimba, here: and It's Monday! What are you reading? is now hosted by Kathryn over here:

Let's see ... I've been doing a little bit of work which is going to take me through to mid-February, which is good. It's more spreadsheeting, but work is work and money is money. The school holidays grind on, and I'm discovering just how difficult it is working from home with spawn around. The weather's been bad, so he can't even really go outside. It's a delicate balance, but I'm working on it.

I'm applying for jobs, applying for jobs, applying for - you get the idea. Nothing on the horizon so far. The polytech is having an open evening to meet tutors next Tuesday, so I'm going to go along to that, see where my application is at.

This week is more of the same - more spreadsheeting, more negotiating terms of time with spawn, more job applications. Hopefully more blogging. I did all right last week, I think - I joined Back to the Classics reading challenge, and blogged about that, and also started a blogging project I've been kicking around for a couple of years.

I've called it the Awesome Ladies Project, the idea being to sort of profile five different awesome ladies from five different disciplines - composers, scientists, artists, authors and film-makers. I started last week with 8th century Armenian composer Sahakdukht, and this week is the first scientist - Merit-Ptah, believed to be the first named physician in ancient Egypt.

I decided to finally start the project instead of just staring at it in google docs as part of my world expansion pack. Which is also why I've signed up for Back to the Classics. I'm having trouble at the moment with focus, and I think it's partly because I've let my brain become lazy over the past few months. I need to find ways to sharpen that focus, especially when I'm working - most especially when I'm working from home which is chock full of distractions.

I also have a couple of reviews to write up this week - the HBO film Bessie, a biopic of Bessie Smith, starring Queen Latifah, and St Nacho's, an M/M romance novel by Z. A. Maxfield. I have a goal this year of trying to watch a movie a week - I love movies but somehow that's slipped by the wayside, and I want to pick up on it again.

I'm still pecking away at the Alexander Hamilton biography - I'm not going to get it finished before it's due back at the library, but I'll read as much as I can before then and then just get it out again, I think.

I'm also winding through Return of the King as part of the slowest re-read of Lord of the Rings ever. I think I started Fellowship two or three years ago - lol. Up next, I think might be Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor, or possibly The Count of Monte Cristo, as that's one of my challenge novels and I have a handy ebook of it. :)

How about you? How's your week? What are you reading?


  1. Good luck on your project. Sounds intriguing. I'm also looking for a new job. Still at my old one for now though. I've been enjoying getting to some books I've had for some time, working on that TBR pile. LOL

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  2. Good luck with your job hunt. I have never read Lord of the rings but have seen the movies and enjoyed them. May be I should check out the books. Have a great week.

    Megan @reading away the days

  3. Good luck on your job searching and your project!

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  4. Laura: Thank you! Good luck with your job search :)

    Megan: Thank you! I love the books and the movies, so I say go for it!

    Ronyell: Thank you!

  5. The Awesome Ladies Project sounds great!

    I hope the job search is successful, but I know it can drag on. The spreadsheeting work sounds good though and - as you said - it pays the bills. I assume school goes back in a couple of weeks... that's the case here.

  6. Back to the Classics sounds great, and so does your project. Love that idea! Course I'm a history buff anyway so that kinda thing always sounds good! And I love your idea of a movie a week! I like to review movies on my blog but don't do as many as I'd like. :)

    Are you going to post your thoughts on Return King when you're done? I like that one because so much happens in it, but I haven't read in years...

  7. Deborah: Thank you, it's shaping up to be fun! Here it starts about mid-February :)

    Greg: Thanks! It's interesting for sure! I'll probably review ROTK when I'm done, though I've read it so many times as I'm aiming to review everything I read this year. We'll see!

  8. I hope you find a job soon and good luck with your project.

    I reread The Lord of the Rings last year. I read The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers back to back but took a long break before reading The Return of the King towards the end of the year. The Lord of the Rings is one of my favorite books but it does take quite a while to get through it.

    Hope you have a great week!

  9. I work from home and I know it can be hard to do so with kids around. I never read The Count of Monte Cristo but have watched the movie years ago. Have a great reading week!

  10. Nice variety of books. I'm not good at slowly reading a book and reading others around it. When I start a book, I need to read it to the finish before starting another. Good luck with your re-reading. You can see my week here. Happy reading!