This Week in Reading: Not Much Progress + r/Fantasy Virtual Con Schedule

Hello hello! I had kind of a crap week for reading. I was utterly distracted during work hours and had a hard time listening to audio books so I still have several hours left on my audio from last week and my concentration was kind of shot for reading regular books as well. One that I had marked as ‘read’ last week – anticipating finishing it up Monday since it’s so short – is still not finished. And I started another book and still haven’t finished that one either. I did manage to read a short romance novella which was quite fun and just what I needed but other than that…even though these are books I love, I just can’t seem to work on reading much at all.

I think the everyday ‘sameness’ of stuff is starting to get to to me. And even though I have a lot of other projects that I’ve been productive on (my sewing – even though I messed up and have to re-sew the crown of this bonnet because the first attempt was too small, the virtual convention, podcasting, gardening, etc) reading seems to have become very ‘meh’. I think I’m just very unsettled right now. I am tired of all this staying home without ever having much of a break–time by myself. But also I’m scared of the changes for when things start to reopen because…I’ve sort of gotten used to this? Everything feels weird and contradictory and I’m trying to take small victories where I can but can’t help feeling unsatisfied and depressed at the same time. Ah well. On to better things!

I hope some of you have gotten a chance to stop by our r/Fantasy Virtual Convention. Yesterday we had a panel on (Not Your Typical) Urban Fantasy featuring Fonda Lee, T. Frohock, K.D. Edwards, Sherri Cook Woosley, and Michelle Sagara. What a treat to have so many of my favorite authors on one panel! If you missed the panel, no worries, you can still check out the conversation here.

This week we have another fantastic schedule!


  • Monday April 27th – SL Huang AMA
  • Tuesday April 28th – Writing Panel: Research with Brigid Kemmerer, David Steffen, Lara Elena Donnelly, Rebecca Roanhorse, and RJ Barker
  • Tuesday April 28th – Luke Chmilenko AMA
  • Wednesday April 29th – Krista D. Ball AMA
  • Thursday April 30th – Booktube Panel with Anna Goldberg, Daniel Greene, Merphy Napier, Onyx Pages, Reads with Kesara, That’s So Poe, and Thoughts on Tomes
  • Thursday April 30th – Rysa Walker AMA
  • Friday May 1st – Sarah Kozloff AMA
  • Sunday May 3rd – Una McCormack AMA

Should be a good time so stop on by and talk to our participants if you get a chance, or you can always check out the conversations later – the good thing about a panel in text is that it will stick around for you to read later. ๐Ÿ™‚

Second verse, same as the first! This week I’ll once again try to tackle these books. I only have about 6 or 7 hours left of The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco (well, okay, like 5 or so but I admit I spaced out for a bit so may have to rewind some, yaaaaay). I didn’t even start Dragon Unleashed yet by Grace Draven because REASONS (please see above painful rant on reading.) I still have two other books that I need to complete before starting Dragon, but I’m hoping to finish one up after I write this (currently 930pm on a Sunday night…). Let’s hope this week I have more reading motivation. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  What are you all reading this last week of April? (Where did the month go?) Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat! (PS: I am hoping to catch up on blog hopping soon!)

14 thoughts on “This Week in Reading: Not Much Progress + r/Fantasy Virtual Con Schedule

  1. Tammy says:

    I feel the same, Lisa. I’m really over this whole stay at home thing, but also nervous about going back. I really hate when people say things like “the world we used to know is gone forever.” I mean, do they think we’ll never get back to normal again? It’s just so depressing๐Ÿ™

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Yeah, it’s a weird dichotomy. But right? Like…I’m pretty sure things will get back to normal eventually, once we have a vaccine for this it will be business as usual. The economy might take a bit to come around but I kind of see things picking up quickly once people are out and about because I know one of the first things I’m doing is going to the craft store or maybe going to see a movie or going to one of my favorite restaurants that’s not in the area…

  2. maddalena@spaceandsorcery says:

    Oh, I know what you mean about the dichotomy between wanting to go out once again and being fearful of possible consequences: the situation is still so fluid, so uncertain, that we cannot be sure about what we want anymore. And concentration, even on our beloved activities like reading, suffers…
    All we can do is remind ourselves, time and again, that we’ll get over this one day – or, to quote Galaxy Quest: Never give up, Never surrender! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Realms of My Mind says:

    I know what you mean about the sameness. Yesterday I was just “I can’t read another book or play another game or watch another thing, that’s all I’ve been doing.” Need a new hobby I guess!

    I’m reading Soulkeeper this week, which is a massive 650 pages, but it seems to move at a good speed!

  4. marydrover says:

    Same here, reading has started to feel very whatever this week. I read a great fantasy over the weekend, and now every book I’ve picked up this week has just kind of been like, “okay well guess I should do this thing.” It’s definitely a little stir crazy and too much sameness settling in, so you’re not alone!

  5. @lynnsbooks says:

    It’s a very worrying time and my head has been a complete mess. I can’t decide on anything. I can’t settle to a book and when I do I don’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would and I’m not sure if it’s simply unfair to read in this mindset. I do feel like I’m slowly coming out of the fogginess though so I hope you get to this stage soon too.
    Lynn ๐Ÿ˜€

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Yes, I’m in the same position here. You said it right, it’s just hard to settle on something because my indecision has never been worse. It’s this really weird lack of focus. I hope we both come out of it soon!

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