Gothic Mystery and Booklikes

It's been a tedious couple of weeks. I have now made the discovery that handymen do not like to be called out to houses for small tasks like fixing wiring or shutters. They would prefer to sell you a whole new system which can be installed in fourteen days from now. It annoys me. Yes, I know my shutters are from the 70s, and my windows are even older than that, but telling me to save up instead of doing a temporary solution is not helpful.

"Herbst im Taunus" v. Peter Sieling
It's getting cold, harder to justify lugging a book out into the fields and reading it while the the wind freezes your ears. It seems to rain every night as well, making the farm tracks and forest paths muddy and slippery. I'll be leaving soon though, and I wish I had been able to see more of the forest.

I've finally gotten my but in gear and started reviewing books again. I was lingering with The Hill of Devi and then blew through Unbreak Me which I decided to just review on Booklikes as I couldn't think of anything interesting to say about it here. A review of Moon Called is on its way, although it's probably going to contain more original material than review material. We'll see how that goes.

I've also gotten to be (hyper)active on Booklikes. It's like tumblr, a bit, in that it encourages mico-blogging. Preferring short posts over long ones. It also allows me to unleash the full powers of my GIFs which I have been collecting for just such a purpose.

I'm currently reading Rubinrot the original language edition of Kerstin Gier's popular Ruby Red, first in the Gem Trilogy. It was really gripping at first, but reviews saying that the series seemed as though it could have been condensed into one long book seem to be proved already. More than halfway through the book and the adventure is only beginning, the first questions about the nature of the secret society are only just being posed, never-mind getting the first answers. Another fifty pages and we may see some action.

I've got a book I'm excited to be reading next though, the tiny little Gothic novella, The Jew's Beech by Anette von Droste-Hülshoff, a story taking place in the crumbling Holy Roman Empire, and one of the first murder mysteries ever written. I'm pretty stoked.

A friend of mine also heralded the fact that NaNoWriMo is coming! I'm going to be a rebel this year, which means, no, I am not cheating, I will just be using my writerly faculties for editing instead. I'm also hoping to get this housework done soon so I can travel a bit, maybe meet the writers in London or another city. I can't take all my books back to New York either, so I'll have to read the majority of them, taking the ones I want to still read. Which means I'll continue to muck around in book blogs and on Goodreads even during November. See you around!