crunch time

21 days to go. That seems like so much, but it’s really no time at all, especially when you consider that I have next to nothing packed, somehow got a new job when I meant to start being unemployed, and haven’t been doing a good job of scheduling my goodbyes to people.

Scheduled goodbyes seem ridiculous, which is part of the problem. The other problem is that my new job is already stressing me out to the point that I dream that I’m performing menial duties from it. Usually it takes me a year to get to that point. then there’s the fact that rather than pack and say goodbye to people, I would rather be working on Camp NaNoWriMo and reading. I would generally always rather be reading, but now it’s critical, or at least it is in my head, because I now have 21 days to read certain books that I then need to return to the library, return to my sister, or write reviews on.

So I’ve revised my summer reading list, and now these are the priority books, for no real reason except the ones I’ve listed above. Some I was really excited about; others, I guess, it’s just their turn to be read.

I’m reading two now, one from the library and one for review:
Circle of Fire by Michelle Zink is the final book in the Prophecy of the Sisters trilogy, and I’ve already reviewed the first two, so of course I wanted to see how it all ends.
The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth by Alexandra Robbins would sound great if it were by anyone, and the fact that it is by this awesome investigative journalist who also wrote Pledged and Secrets of the Tomb makes it a must-read. And finally the library had it!

Then there are these books, two from the library, one for review, and one which my sister lent me.
Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz: I liked her a lot when I was a teen, and this sounds fun.
The Great Night by Chris Adrian: It was already something I really wanted to read this summer, because I love retellings of classics.
Dreams of Significant Girls by Cristina Garcia: I love it when books that already looked interesting are offered on the review list and I get them.
Queen of the South by Arturo Perez Reverte: I know next to nothing about it, but I want to see why my sister likes it, and I like the idea of reading something in translation because it means I’m expanding my literary world a little.

If I weren’t working, this would be no problem. But now it looks like I might actually be cutting this rather close. And the only reason I have a chance at all is because I have a pile of magazines that I’m ignoring until I leave for Boston, and the other new books I bought and really wanted to read are also going unread until I unpack them again.

It’s ridiculous that this is my biggest point of stress in a looming cross-country move.

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