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17 February 2013 @ 10:48 am
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boo, why is it snowing again?

I suppose it's probably good for me to stay in and do work, anyway, but I did want to go to the library before the holiday. Ah well.

You see, I spent an absurd amount of time in the bookstore yesterday, trying to find a book to buy, but was unsuccessful. I'm in that stupid mood where I have tons of books in my apartment that I want to read someday, but I don't have (or can't find) a single one that I want to read now. I don't even know what I'm looking for, exactly, only that I don't have it. And I know that it shouldn't matter, because right now I shouldn't be reading anything other than my textbooks for the courses I'm teaching, anyway, but not having a single book to look forward to makes me feel gloomy. So I kind of wanted to go to the library in hopes of remedying this problem.

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viomisehuntviomisehunt on February 17th, 2013 03:50 pm (UTC)
I don't know why it snowing there but it is snowing here because I'm in the Great Lakes. It's cold. But at least today the sun is shining and the sky is blue. I hope I can go back home soon.
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on February 17th, 2013 04:06 pm (UTC)
Eh, the problem is really that it's snowing a *lot*! At least I went to the grocery store and everything yesterday.
litlover12 on February 17th, 2013 05:28 pm (UTC)
I know that mood well!
tempestsarekind: freema reading is sexytempestsarekind on February 17th, 2013 07:32 pm (UTC)
Me too, alas! It's funny how my reading life so often feels like feast or famine, even though objectively there is always something that I want to read out there...
La Reine Noire: Austen - Venting Spleenlareinenoire on February 18th, 2013 01:44 am (UTC)
I've just been mainlining YA and romance these days. Apparently that is all I can manage when not reading work-related stuff.
tempestsarekind: very few dates in this historytempestsarekind on February 18th, 2013 04:02 am (UTC)
I totally get that! I keep telling myself that I ought to be good and read some of the history books I've got lying around, but it turns out that my headspace is really only good for YA novels and popular books about food right now. And then I feel weirdly guilty, because how am I ever going to write time-slip novels if I can't bring myself to do the historical research? But oh well.
La Reine Noire: Lucrezialareinenoire on February 19th, 2013 01:16 pm (UTC)
I'm most of the way through a book on early modern queens that, strictly speaking, I probably should have read when I first started my thesis (I read bits and pieces from it in that weird way you do in academia, but not the entire thing). I'm actually enjoying it a lot more having read a whole bunch of the primary sources, and I'm hoping it will help me on this project. Apparently the early sixteenth century is chock-full of female regents waiting to do interesting things in my AU. ;)

But aside from that and articles about fanfic (for my SAA paper, seriously), I am reading YA novels about flapper girls and Victorian romance. I regret nothing.

Incidentally, are you going to SAA this year, and, if so, do you need a roommate? I already have a room booked about a block away from the conference hotel.
tempestsarekind: ladies in waiting [elizabeth]tempestsarekind on February 19th, 2013 09:34 pm (UTC)
I have a lot of books like that: I read enough to get by for whatever academic thing I was working on at the time, but always mean to go back to, someday... I do hope your book does help with the AU, though.

But there is nothing wrong with reading YA about flapper girls, or Victorian romance! That sounds like a great time. :) I feel like there were a few books about flappers that seemed to come out around the same time; are any of them good?

I am going to SAA, but I'll be rooming with a former grad student friend from the department. We should get together, though!
La Reine Noire: Terms Commonly Usedlareinenoire on February 19th, 2013 09:42 pm (UTC)
I think it will. Of course, it has also made me really want to write a YA novel about Margaret of Austria, so that's not exactly helpful...

The trilogy I read is by Anna Godberson, whose earlier books didn't exactly impress me, but she's a lot better with flapper girls. There's also this series, which is supposed to be good, and I'm curious about the Chicago setting.

Yes, we should definitely get together, at the very least for Whedon's Much Ado on Friday night! I am prepared for some fairly ridiculous squeeage.
tempestsarekind: hey nonny nonnytempestsarekind on February 19th, 2013 09:51 pm (UTC)
Well, define "helpful." :) If you write a YA novel about Margaret of Austria, then it will have been very helpful indeed!

Ah, the cover of the series you linked to looks familiar; that must have been the one I saw.

Oh yes, looking forward to the Whedon Much Ado! We'll definitely have a chance to meet up then.