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Real Life Interferes With Burying One's Head in Books

I've got all kinds of tumbly feelings inside because of a singing competition I'm in tomorrow (ah, opera), so it's been a bit hard to for-reals blog this week. I know you've all felt the loss.

True to form, I have started a ridiculous number of books and finished none. Here's what I've worked on this week:

Happy Accidents, Jane Lynch: How can you not love Jane Lynch? I mean, yeah, Glee sucks, but she doesn't. And her book is super-easy to read AND entertaining, which is really all I ask for.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Green & Levithan: I believe I've mentioned how I avoided this before, because while I AM pro-gay boys doing what they want, I don't really want to read about it. But then someone (er...do not remember who anymore) posted a review that actually kind of said what it was about, and that looked interesting. I have the Kindle version checked out from the library and I really love it so far.

The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern: Does anyone else think of The Princess Bride every time they see the author's name? Anyway, I'm way into the 1870s-1910 right now, and THIS TAKES PLACE DURING THAT TIME. Which I did not know. And it doesn't take place ONLY then, but...yes. Anyway. Bustles and gloves and all sorts of fun things. Plus magic!

I still have Sophie's Choice, Catching Fire and something called The Victoria Vanishes, which I started the other day at lunch. I'm getting majorly behind on my reading, mainly because at home I have to practice going "Lalalala" and then at work I'm too distracted by Saturday events to read. BUT, after Saturday, I should have some time. So that's lovely.

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