Oh y’all. October has always been one of my very favourite months (along with April), but this year was not its finest moment. In fact, the first week of November has been quite impressive: it has brought delicious cold weather (I unpacked my woolies! and could see my breath on walks!) and possible end to my reading slump. If the coolness continues, I might be able to overlook Thanksgiving (my least favourite holiday ever, as I find the slaughter of so many animals for a day celebrating gratitude and relationships unspeakably upsetting) and bring November off the bench as my new fall go-to! ;)
Not to say that October was a complete wash: a very good friend from Colorado came to visit and we had a fun Halloween, complete with home-made apple cider and a last-minute scramble for a costume (I went with spy). But as far as reading and blogging goes, it was just one slump after another. I did end up reading some books towards the end of the month, but I couldn’t muster much more than a ‘meh’ in response. It got to the point that I was afraid to start another one, or even pick up a favourite author, since my reading doldrums seemed to be colouring everything as insipid. I had six three-star reads in a row: that’s unheard of! I watched a lot of very good television, but I desperately missed books. As you can imagine, I avoided my blog in case my lack of enthusiasm spilt over into humdrum posts.
Then November arrived. I remembered my rereading project, and I grabbed Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman from my shelves: it’s a book about books that I found disappointing the first time I read it. I figured I had nothing to lose, and I was happily surprised to find that my reread was quite delightful! It reminded me of the magic of rereading, and when I revisited Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, I fell in love all over again.
So that’s where I’ve been and where I am. I’m still feeling off-balance: physically speaking I’m sleeping ten to sixteen hours a day and reading-wise I’ve decided to go throw all of my usual goals and parameters out the window until I’ve escaped the slump for good. But I’ve missed blogging, so here I am easing myself back into it! The good thing about having a massive review backlog is that I have plenty of blog material, even if I’m barely reading at present. ;)
And now, I’m off to read until sunrise, at which point I will take Thistle for a walk in the woods. I hope everyone else is enjoying November as much as I have!