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Lists, because anything else I wrote today would be insane

I've been delinquent in updating (for me), but in my defense, I thought you all might need a break after readathon updates. ALSO I was lazy. And have auditions this week, which always throws my brain into a no-read-books flurry.

I have a BUNCH of books I want to review, but I don't feel mentally capable of that at the moment. You see, I -- through covert means -- came into possession late last night of a clip involving Helena Landless and Rosa Bud from The Mystery of Edwin Drood kissing on each other's faces. And that, plus audition adrenaline, plus the first Coke I'd consumed in weeks, plus two episodes of Doctor Who -- including one with GHOSTS that was very scary but which also involved me yelling 'KISS. KIIIIIIIIISS' at the screen until whapped by my friend -- PLUS chatting with my lovely roommate whom I hadn't seen in some days, means I was up very late indeed last night.


I AM THE DUCKY


SO. For now, here're the books I read in April:


Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn
The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie
Ruby Red, Kerstin Gier
HP & the Order of the Phoenix, JKR
Valencia, Michelle Tea
The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
Lamb, Christopher Moore
How the Irish Saved Civilization, Thomas Cahill
A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan

That is CRAZY. What's up with you, April?

All I am capable of right now is staring at my phone's lock screen, listening to Julie Andrews singing 'The Lusty Month of May' from Camelot, and internally flailing over the Doctor Who ghost episode. Written by Neil Cross, by the way, who also wrote the FANTASTICALLY awesome episode 'The Rings of Akhaten' and is the creator of Luther, and I love his writing so much I might have to watch Luther now.

Oh! Making lists. I can make lists. So here's what I'd be delighted to get through this month (hopefully some of them will actually happen):

The Secret Adversary, Agatha Christie
Will Rogers, his wife's story, Betty Rogers
The Invisible Woman, Claire Tomalin
Passions Between Women, Emma Donoghue
The Drood Murder Case, Richard Baker
Blackbirds, Chuck Wendig (recommended by Alley and it was basically zero dollars for Kindle, so I just bought it)

In conclusion,
damn you, Doctor Who

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