A not that much going on post is better than a not at all post, right? Right?

May 22, 2018

So in an effort to get back on track, I am getting back on track. This is another way of saying that I could either grade or write this post, and, well, you see what’s happening.

The back on track really does mean that I have not been getting enough sleep, so in order to do a better job at that, I have to accept that I’ll have to do more grading on the weekends. This makes me sad face for obvious reasons, but! It’s also the end of the semester so I just need to suck it up and deal.

My stomach continues to be a trash fire, by which I mean, I am weeks (weeks!) behind on the reintroduction phase of my elimination diet. But I am still plugging away at it. I thought I’d be done by now, so it’s a little distressing. Sigh. Anyway, I see a specialist on Friday.

I also realized that I am in a bit of a reading slump. I finished my book club book, but I’m not engaging really well with anything else I’ve started since. I don’t even feel like listening to audiobooks! This might be because it’s the end of the semester, and my reading usually slows down then anyway.

I feel like there’s a lot going on but I don’t have much to say, so I’m just going to get into the books I’ve finished lately. Or book, since it seems I’ve only finished one since the last time I posted.

Boy, Snow, BirdBoy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book is wack. I don’t think I’ve ever called anything wack before so that tells you just how wack it is. IT IS WACK.

I did like two things about it, though: (1) The reasons for Snow being sent away. That was a nice twist on the Snow White story. (2) The section about Bird and Snow’s developing relationship.

But guess what? Both of those things were dropped for the absolute wackness of the resolution of Boy’s story. I mean, sure it started going in an interesting direction because of the Bird/Snow relationship, but nope. Let’s not spend time on that. Let’s INSTEAD spend it on the completely left field Boy thing. Just…what?

Also, I never connected to any of the characters. I was starting to in the middle with Bird and Snow, but then see above re: dropped for the wackness.

The entire ending of Boy’s story (including the actual ending of the book)? Wack.

And since this was a book club book, I’m going to go ahead and count this for the Book Riot challenge, task 24: An assigned book you hated.


(Two stars instead of one because I finished the whole thing and genuinely wanted to see what happened until the wackness.)

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And that’s it! That’s all I have to say about the past two weeks. Oy.

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  1. The Widow Badass

    Way to “adult” there, Akilah! You got this grading thing. 🙂


    • Akilah

      Thank you!

  2. Ally Bean

    I go through phases where everything seems interesting and blogworthy to me, then other times when I’m all *meh* about things. It’s healthy to be like this, I feel. We can’t always and sometimes we just don’t.

    • Akilah

      That is a good point. Also, sometimes spending too much time away makes it harder to get back into it. I’m going to try to psych myself *into* posting once a week instead of talking myself out of it.

  3. IndoorBoss 💀👹🎧 (@ReviewsMayVary)

    I think I started that book and then DNFd it. But I didn’t write it down. Do did it really happen? Her other one, Mr Fox, was also wack. Maybe that’s her thing.

    • Akilah

      Was it? That’s unfortunate. I’ll make sure to avoid it, then.


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