So, there’s a whole global pandemic thing happening and stuff has really ramped up over the last week. I thought working from home I’d have more time to read because I wouldn’t be commuting but it turns out I’ve actually been pretty busy. Over at r/fantasy we’re organizing a virtual convention (which turns out is a TON of work) and I’m also dealing with the annual Bingo Challenge change over.
Outside of that my concentration has been shot. Job security is really uncertain right now–I work for a small business and even though it’s not the greatest job ever it’s a job! I am worried that this pandemic will be the death of the business and that I won’t have a job soon. Business hasn’t completely died, but it has slowed down and if all non-essential places keep closing around different states then that will greatly affect us even though we’re an ecommerce. So, my anxiety has been understandably high right now.
Besides that, I can’t seem to stop myself from constantly checking the news for coronavirus updates, especially because it feels like things are moving really fast. And yet, last week also somehow felt like the longest week ever. I ended up keeping my vacation day on Friday and spent half the day organizing various things online. But, I finally managed to buckle down and finish a book on Sunday. I also finished my audiobook. So, two books. That’s not bad but it’s not my usual speed either and this just puts me behind schedule.
Because of my lack of concentration last week I made almost zero progress on The Scar by China Miéville. I really need to finish this one up quickly because it’s almost April and I need to turn in my bingo card soon! I have to say, at first I was a bit put off by the prose at the start of this one, but I’ve since settled in and am enjoying it now in all it’s glorious weirdness.
I’m just about to start Jade City by Fonda Lee in audio. Finally. Once again, due to my crappy concentration, I was about an hour or so into this last week when I realized I had no idea what was happening because my mind kept wandering off. So, I’m restarting it! Fingers crossed that I’ll be able to concentrate a bit better this week.
Finally, if by some miracle I end up finishing The Scar before the end of the week, I’ll be diving into Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi. this is a novella so should be a pretty quick read. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this book so I’m very much looking forward to it.
In all this craziness, at least I still have books! The one constant in my life. 🙂 Hope you’re all doing well out there, stay safe! What are you all reading this week? How is life? Are you okay? Leave a note in the comments, let’s chat about things!