T-minus 10 days until Halloween, and autumn has finally hit Georgia after 90-degree days stretching long into October. While I’ve been enjoying piling blankets on my bed and watching reruns of Over the Garden Wall, there’s nothing quite like a good spooky book to get into the true Spooky Spirit.
Wilder Girls by Rory Power was that book for me. My librarian friend recommended it to me — I was lamenting about needing a good fall book, and she went here. This one. I don’t know what I just read but you need to, too.
I…. I hit 38,000 words today for NaNoWriMo. That’s… wild. Not only does it mean I won, but I topped my goal by an additional 3,000 words. That’s not something I thought I would ever be able to do. Usually I’m lucky to write 3,000 words a month.
So, somehow, June disappeared and now we’re over halfway through July. Summer holiday is starting to draw to a close, and I! Am! Not! Ready! At all! I’ve read over thirty books since school got out, learned to drive, binge-watched Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, and made enough sweets to kill a moose. I’ve slept in and stayed up all night and’ve just lived, gloriously, beautifully. I’m so not ready to give that up for tests and the inevitable-crushing-stress of high school.
And yet…. The end is nigh. There’s no way to avoid it. School is coming, guard season has started (RIP my pale self and the thousand-degree days), but…
It’s summer! No school, no color guard (yet), and nothing to stop me from reading a lot of books.
Now, I’m one of those people that has a rather hefty to-be-read pile sitting on the floor by my bookshelves. Don’t worry – they’re not scattered about the floor or in danger of being stepped on, but instead are stacked neatly by the little chair I have wedged in the corner of my room. However, it’s gotten pretty large over the past few years, and instead of simply reading all of my new books, I keep buying new ones, and re-reading books I love. Not a bad thing, necessarily, but I can’t help but feel bad every time I glance at it.
Thus, I have devised a plan, as many great readers have before me: A TBR List from books off my stack!