My WordPress activity this last week was nearly stagnant while I did pass time navigating GoodReads now and then — I’m sure some GoodReads pals noticed. I fell behind in comments and other bloggers’ posts, and I already feel lost within the community after a week-long partial absence. These eyes of mine finally checked my WP Reader on Sunday, as I had not been updated on any blog since last Monday. In the meantime, I am mostly up-to-date with everyone’s comments (as well as posts), although I am aware of other comments that need replies. I will get to them!
I am sorry for the lag in response time on my part, as well as for the temporary post-halt. I appreciate every comment and love to respond, but my pace is on the slower side at the moment. A bit of sad news rained down, which explains some of my lack of activity.
I found out that my dear old cat, Andy, was put down on Monday (8/27) — news that I did not hear until the following day. He was old (over 20 years), but he was not — to my knowledge — in any kind of major distress or unbearable pain. Not only was it was my hope that he would have the privilege to live out the rest of a natural life, but that the person taking care of him would in fact take care of him. Instead, it seems the cost of keeping an old cat played lead role in deciding to go through with euthanizing him. What’s done is done, but there’s still a twinge of sadness (and a grudge…). Andy had always remained within a select circle of family members, so his loss is strongly felt. He was a wonderfully friendly cat with the sweetest temperament, and I miss him terribly.
To add, a close relative of mine is very ill. I dedicate a large part of my every day helping this person out, which does take a toll on both my personal life and hence my blogging activities (naturally). While I love this person, it’s impossible not to feel my energy drain to a new low by afternoon on most days. (But of course: as a night owl, I’m wide-eyed and awake at midnight, no matter how little sleep I get!) With this and fall classes about start, I expect my availability and free time will further decrease. Still, I would like to keep midnight coffee monster an active blog! There’s no way to tell if I can keep up with weekly book meme posts each week, but I do have reviews planned and will be updating soon about R.I.P. VII.
(And I must admit that I sacrificed blogging opportunities so that I could finish Legend of Korra last week. It was worth it, even if Aang’s show wins my favor. Where are my fellow ATLA fans? I know you’re out there.)
Books I will definitely review include: A Monster Calls, The Merchant at the Alchemist’s Gate, and The Hobbit. (I’m combining week 2 and 3 questions for The Hobbit group read — it will be posted no later than Wednesday/Thursday.) I am unsure if I will review Northanger Abbey yet, but I am busy adoring every page of it. I should also receive a copy of Y: A Novel by Marjorie Celona, which I will review as well in spirit of GoodReads First Reads!
Y: A Novel by Marjorie Celona
“Y. The wishbone, fork in the road, empty wine glass. The question we ask over and over. Why? My life begins at the Y…” so opens the story of Shannon, a newborn left at the doors of the local YMCA. Bounced between foster homes, Shannon endures neglect and abuse before she finally finds stability with Miranda, a single mother with a daughter of her own. But as Shannon grows, so do her questions. Who is her true family? Why would her parents abandon Shannon on the day she was born?
The answers lie in the heartrending tale of her mother, a headstrong young woman with a flawed and desperate fate, trapped in a tragic series of events that will destroy her family and test the limits of her compassion and sacrifice.
It’s a dose of literary fiction from what I can gather, which I don’t read too often but usually enjoy. Likewise, I hope to enjoy Celona’s novel!
That’s it from me for now. Thank you to all who continue to follow this blog — I appreciate every comment, every like, and every subscriber.
Enjoy your week, and happy reading!