While I don’t want to make excuses for my unexplained two week hiatus or waste my first post apologizing for disappearing, I feel like I owe at least a small story to explain what happened.
I was talking to Lu (Regular Rumination) online about the need for a break, and explained it like this: I work for a newspaper, where there is always an upcoming deadline. You never get the feeling of finishing a big project, then having a couple weeks of down time before the next deadline comes. There isn’t really a slow time of year, since we have to put out a newspaper every week no matter how much or how little happens to be going on.
Having a blog is similar. Although there aren’t any formal deadlines, the blog sometimes feels like a beast that needs to be constantly fed. More books! More reviews! More posts! I love it, but I think I finally just reached a point where I didn’t quite have enough to feed everything… so the blog (and everything associated with blogging) took a break.
But now I’m back! Reenergized and with a stack of books to write reviews of and some more ideas for posts than I’ve had in a long time. The break was good for reinvigorating all of those things, if unexpected and unannounced.
So what have I been reading during this little haitus? Lots of good stuff, I’m excited to say. I finished two books from one of my favorite nonfiction publishers, PublicAffairs: The Ascent of the A-Word (about the rise of “assholism”) and The Good Girls Revolt (about a 1970 sex discrimination lawsuit at Newsweek). And I finally got to read the buzzy book of the summer, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, which was almost as awesome as everyone says it is.
Right now, I’m on a political books kick. It started on Tuesday night, when I was covering the primary election results for our county. We didn’t have any exciting local races, but it was fun to watch the vote totals come in and start thinking forward to the general election in November. And then Rachel (A Home Between Pages) posted a fantastic pre-election reading guide over at Book Riot, which fueled my politic junkie fires even further. (Seriously, the list is awesome — I wish I’d written it myself).
In keeping with that kick, I started listening to the audio book of Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin which is this great combination of solid political analysis and soap opera antics that I can’t put down. I even spent time packing for my upcoming move yesterday just because I wanted an excuse to keep listening to the book. I also started reading The Gospel According to The Fix, a politics 101 type of book with some great insights into the current election and American politics in general. I’m only a short way into both, but I anticipate recommending them highly.
With that, I’m going to get back to my books. I have to do some work covering an event this afternoon, so I want to squeeze in as much reading time as I can before lunch. Happy Sunday!