I'm starting to feel like I'm reading the same book over and over again, so I've given up on YA for now and have moved back into adult fiction. Right now I am reading Madame Bovary, Janeology by Karen Harrington, and will hopefully be starting Dan Simmons' latest, Flashback, soon.
I am also working through my feelings of frustration at reading, because as much as I was enjoying the YA fiction I had been reading, there was a lot I was angry and annoyed with (see previous posts). It got to the point I wasn't happy reading it anymore, because I just couldn't keep seeing the same old thing. Even Delirium didn't live up to the hype I'd heard. Maybe it's just disappointment, but I am starting to feel like there aren't a lot of great books coming out.
The fact that I have Flashback in my possession makes me giddy, though, because Dan Simmons is in my top five favorite authors of all time. As a "grown-up" I find I'm more able to handle the horror aspects of his novels, so I'm really looking forward to getting into those books.
In talking with a writer friend, it was mentioned that I helped her fix some problems with her latest work, which really felt good. She sent me a signed copy of the book, and I noticed that I'm mentioned, along with several others I know, in the acknowledgments. That made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I love being able to help writers, probably because I've lost sight of my own writing and long for a way to participate in the culture of authorship. Maybe I should go into proof-reading, or editing, or something along those lines, because it's a great feeling knowing that when an author needs help, I can help, even if it's just with something small. Since I haven't read the edited version of the book, that's something I'm excited to do once I finish Flashback. My signed copy will go on a shelf, though, since I already bought my own on its release day.
I'll try to do more of this kind of post, and less of the reviews, since I have a feeling the reviews are boring people and I really wanted to get into how books fit into my life/how I mold my life around books on this blog, more than reviews. As always, if you or a friend have a writing project and need an outside eye, I'm always here and ready to help.