The great unwritten rule of roller derby:
Invest in your officials and EVERYBODY benefits.
C - Currently reading
Actively or…? :) I tend to have 5-6 books on the go at once but the only ones I’m actively getting through are Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link and Mindsight by Dan Siegel. Pretty Monsters is a collection of short stories in the fantasy genre. I’m really enjoying them! They’re a YA level, I think, and quite well-written. It’s been a while since I’ve read short stories and I’m afraid to say they’re really suiting my attention span at the moment!
Mindsight is a popular neuroscience book talking about using neuroplasticity to cultivate compassion and control in how you respond to your emotions and how you interact with others. It’s part of my recent reading on Secular Buddhism, Buddhist psychology, mindfulness etc., which I’ve been exploring in an effort to sort out my own mental health issues for good.
H - Hidden gem book
I don’t know how hidden it is, but I absolutely love On Beauty by Zadie Smith. It’s such an amazingly crafted novel with characters that felt like real people. I really enjoyed how it explored the delicate relationships between emotion and intellectualism, poetry and theory and so on. Everyone should read it! :)
S - Series you started and need to finish
I read The Magicians by Lev Grossman thinking it was a one-off that probably should have been split into 3 or 4 books. I really liked the way magic worked in that book but was not totally sold on the characters or the writing. When something is billed as “It’s like ______ but with sex!” (in this case the comparison is with Harry Potter) I’m pretty much automatically suspicious. But apparently it is a trilogy and I would like to give the sequels a try, because I think that author has some interesting ideas.