Weekend Reads #90: I’m Just Procrastinating

Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I plan to read on the weekend, but I don’t have a topic this weekend. Just my random thoughts:

Staying committed to a thing from beginning to end is not something I’m good at. I always get distracted somewhere in between and go off on a tangent, never able to find my way back to what I was working on before. That’s why I’m surprised I’ve stuck with this blogging thing for so long. I thought I’d have gotten distracted by something else by now and given it up. But no. I’m still here posting away about whatever catches my fancy.

Why am I writing about this? I don’t know. I just wanted to do a Weekend Reads post. I wanted to share my thoughts on a thing and write something insightful, but nothing was coming so I just wrote whatever popped up in my mind. This is what came out — my lack of commitment to my projects.

I guess it’s a fitting topic since the reason why I decided to write and therefore struggle with this post is because I’m trying to force myself to go off on a tangent. Distract myself. In essence, procrastinate. I have a thing to do — an online course that I must complete soon and instead of doing it I’ve sought instead to distract myself with a hard-to-write blog post. Why not. The course feels too much like schoolwork and I’m dreadful at that. Always have been because I hardly ever did homework but didn’t mind in-class assignments and discussions. An online course feels like a month-long homework. Not good for me. Why did I place myself in this situation?…

What I’m currently reading:

Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb

The first book in the Rain Wild Chronicles, an epic fantasy series that is part of the larger Realm of the Elderlings series. Emily from Embuhlee Liest and I are continuing our journey through the Realm of the Elderlings with this novel. So far, I like it. As with the Liveship Traders books, we’re given alternating character perspectives and I immediately took a liking to Alise Kincarron and pitied the mighty dragons.

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen, narr. by the author

I’m probably the only person in the U.S. who doesn’t really know who this Bruce Springsteen dude is. Everyone knows him! My parents know him! But I don’t know him. Why did I decide to read this book? Because whoever had checked out the sole copy of the Way of Shadows audio book from my library was taking FOREVER to complete it and I needed something to listen to at work.

I was immediately hooked on Springsteen’s voice, told everyone about him (they all thought me weird for not knowing about him), sampled some of his music (which made me realize that I have heard some of his songs before), and fell deeper in love with rock music. I listen to this audio book almost consistently. I love the way it’s written, so I know I would have loved it if I’d read the physical book, but most of all, I love Springsteen’s raspy voice. I’m glad I decided to read it.

Autumn by Karl Ove Knausgaard

I thought I would love this book of essays, but I guess I’m reading it in the wrong mood. I have no patience for it and am bored. I’m gonna take a break until autumn comes and see if the season will help my mood and my reading this.

The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks, narr. by Paul Boehmer

FINALLY! So glad I’m now able to check this out. My plan is to reread this fantasy book about the making of an assassin and then continue with and complete the trilogy by early next year so I can then read that book that’s all about badass Durzo Blint! 😀

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling, narr. by Jim Dale

I didn’t expect this to be available so soon. The plan was to listen to Way of Shadows while waiting for this to become available, but Way of Shadows took forever to become accessible so I took a chance on Born to Run, which is working out well. But then now I have all these audio books at once, which was not the plan. 😦 The universe is fickle.

Amulet, Vol. 1: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi (illus.)

I plan to reread this kids’ graphic novel sometime this weekend because I went and borrowed the next three books in the series from the library.

That’s it for now.

Let me know below what you’re currently reading.

Also gonna leave y’all with this Bruce Springsteen song because reading his book got me so hooked on rock right now:

17 thoughts on “Weekend Reads #90: I’m Just Procrastinating

  1. Robin Hobb! I am reading the Farseer trilogy at the moment (going to pick up the third book soon) and I’m loving the world. I’ve heard great things about the dragon series so I’m super excited to see other people reading it as well!
    Hope soon you’ll get back into the mood of reading and less procrastinating… but also remember that it happens to everyone!


  2. The Rainwild Chronicles are at the top of my ‘Dragon’-list 😀 as in, books in which dragons are main characters & are presented in a way I love. It’s Robin Hobb, and her dragons are my favourite dragons 😀

    Ugh, I feel you on homework & assignments.. so happy that this time of my life is over. I struggled with those as well. Especially writing papers for uni with a 3-month deadline. I never got them done & had to retake classes lol

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    1. So glad to hear that. So far I really like the dragons in this series. Love how arrogant they are and how complex their reappearance in society is.

      Yup! We the same on that. I’m just never motivated to do homework. But I got some stuff done this weekend.

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  3. I LOVED Springsteen’s book. I’m a big fan of his, my mom got me listening to him early on. I’ve heard the audio book version is wonderful. Have you listened to any of his Darkness on the Edge of town album? That’s an older one of his and probably my favorite.

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    1. 🙂 Awesome to know a Springsteen fan! And if I was a fan, I’ve have loved this book even more too because of all he talks about.
      I haven’t listened to that album though I may have listened to a song or two from it. I’m just listening to random songs as I find them on Youtube. Are there any you recommend?

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  4. Hi Zezee – I’m reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman and Quiet by Susan Cain. Here’s hoping you get through your online course without turning it into a big mountain that you dread climbing – I’m pulling for you!

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    1. Thanks Leslie! 😀 You pulling for me must have worked because I got some of it done.
      Oh I’d love to read American Gods too. What you think of it so far? And Quiet is one of my fav nonfiction books. It helped to make me feel okay being introverted and I like that the facts and such in it is easy to digest.

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      1. I’m on the fence about American Gods. It is very readable, but there is a lot going on and I wonder if somethings are coming in over my head. My first Neil Gaiman.


        1. Oh I love that about it too. And yea, it does start out a bit slow. I enjoy listening to the audiobook because it’s the same dude who narrates the Harry Potter ones.


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