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Weekly Wrap-Up (51)

Hey all, Dani here.

It has been another decently productive week, though I still kind of wish that I had accomplished a bit more reading in that time. I’m kind of hoping to have some reading and relaxation time this weekend, but we’ll see what happens. I admit that I’m also wondering if Damian is going to surprise me with some sort of date night or something. We’re not all that big on celebrating Valentine’s Day, because we show our love and appreciation for each other year round, but I also know that the past six weeks have been a bit frustrating with us working on different shifts and not seeing each other as much.

Anyway, welcome back to my weekly post where I talk about what I’ve been doing and reading and watching and playing over the past week. I started this series two years ago under the name “What I’m Reading,” but decided it made more sense to expand the scope of the post to focus on all of my geeky hobbies, so for the past year it has been rebranded as “Weekly Wrap-Up,” and I like that this blog series has allowed me to keep a consistent blogging schedule, because I’ve had times where I’ve struggled with that. Having a plan in mind for a day to talk about manga, and a day to do discussions and recommendations, and a day to just wrap-up my week, and a day to talk about writing, and then filling in the rest of the time with reviews…it has been very helpful for me.

Okay, so watches are the first topic of discussion. I have finished up Season 3 of “The Good Place,” and now I just have to wait for the final season to drop on Netflix, or for the complete box set to drop on DVD. I’ve started my re-watch of Season 5 of “Arrow,” and I’m enjoying that so far. Also, Damian and I decided that we wanted to re-watch “Firefly,” so we’re a few episodes into that as well.

Next, I suppose I should do a quick little writing update. I haven’t made as much progress as I would have liked by this point in the month, but I do plan to set aside at least a couple hours for writing my novel this weekend, and I have hopes to make a little time for writing every day for the rest of the month. I’d love to have a solid amount of the fantasy plot of my book written, so that I can perhaps finish that up next month, and then focus more fully on the contemporary romance plot. I’m tired of putting this story off and procrastinating too much. I want to read this finished book, so does Damian, and so do some of my blogger friends, so I’d like to be able to hand a draft over to them in a couple months. That would be really cool.

As for reads, in the past week I have finished My Hero Academia Vol 23 by Kohei Horikoshi, The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood, and The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima. So it’s not a lot of finished books, but it’s better than nothing, so I guess I’ll take it. I’ve also really been enjoying all of my reads so far this month, which is pretty great. I guess that happens when I have a TBR focused on fantasy…though I admit to kinda also wanting to pick up a couple cutesy romances. I have read over 1000 pages in the past week, so that’s pretty cool.

I’m still in the middle of reading a couple of books from last week. Honestly I’m trying to take my time with the Witcher books, and I keep setting the second book in the Mirror Visitor Quartet aside because it is a re-read, but I do want to make some real reading progress over the next few days. Oh, and to add to the “Firefly” mood I have been in, I picked up the first in the new series of tie-in novels, and so far it’s decently good, though so far it feels like it’s trying to hard to prove that the author knows the events of the show.

I have a huge stack of fantasy books that I want to read, and to get through more of these pages I’m going to need to focus and put in some serious reading time. Thankfully all of the books in my TBR are ones that I’ve been wanting to read, some for a short while and some for years, but I just haven’t made the time for them in my busy reading schedule yet.

It’s been interesting this year to try and balance reading with my longer blogging post goals, and trying to catch up on some of my review backlog and all of that. Plus, so many of the books I’ve been wanting to read are pretty long, which I generally enjoy big ole’ fantasy tomes, but sometimes staring at the huge TBR stack just makes the task feel pretty daunting overall. Kinda like when I look at the list of reviews I still need to write.

Okay, so I’m trying with my fantasy reads to balance adult fantasy and YA fantasy, as well as balancing re-reads with new reads, and longer reads with shorter reads, just so it feels like I have a nice variety mix going. Thankfully fantasy is such a widely diverse genre that it is a fairly easy task to accomplish. So, it’s possible that these will be my next couple of reads, balancing a darker action-packed political re-read with a new release longer YA read.

I still have such big reading and writing plans for February, so hopefully my next couple of weekly updates will have a lot more going on in them. That would be really cool.

Anyway, that is all from me for today. What are you currently reading? I’d love to know. And, as always, I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.

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