Here is brief recap (I am writing today).
I've read a lot of books this year, and most of my favorite reads have been rereads, meaning they are older books and not 2015 releases. I've read quite a few 2015 reads that I've not commented on, either here or Goodreads, because I really like to read a book a couple of times before I decide how I feel about it, in print. But I can tell you what 2015 releases have impressed me.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik, unless some of the fall releases just wow me, is probably going to be my favorite book of 2015. Although I have not reviewed it yet, I feel it's almost the perfect book, in every way possible. It's also the book I have been most surprised by, and I recommend it to all readers, young and old, etc. No matter what genre you read, this book will charm you. It's magical, it's written really well, and it's got depth. I love it.
This is a wonderful and unique retelling of Little Red Riding Hood and The Girl with No Hands. Hodge's work is very interesting even if you don't always love everything about it. She is definitely one of the most interesting writers working in YA right now. As a reader, you are always going to be surprised and the author works hard not to repeat herself while staying true to her brand.
This novel looks simple, but it's actually more complex than Uprooted. It's one of the novels I am going to be rereading again and again. When I think that this is Hodge's second novel, I am in awe. If she continues to grow, she is going to be a force of nature.
Sarah J. Maas is definitely a force of nature. Laughing. Her writing is not always clever and sometimes it's messy, but her characters and fast paced narrative is highly addictive. I just began reading her this year. There are a lot of things to recommend about A Court of Thorns and Roses. It's imaginative, romantic, and all about fairies. I even went crazy over a secondary character called Rhysand and am shipping the heroine and him. This book is my guilty pleasure. I love it.
Otherwise, I've mostly been reading classics and older fantasy novels, and a lot of nonfiction, which I adore.
I've spent most of the year in revision and trying to fix problems that I could not fix last year. It's been a stressful year for me in work, but now I am back on course and writing words again. If you want to know about it in detail, I posted it all on the blog in the previous two months. I cannot go back over it now. Even thinking about what I did stresses me. I can't look back. All decisions have been made, final. Done. Over. Poof! Whatever happens, will happen.
I blogged more in May and June than I have all year. The rest of the year, I'll be writing essays on fairy tales and mythic topics. Making the blog more specific, writing about things that I am doing with my work. I'll be here mostly and less on other social media outlets because I am writing again full time. I have to finish work. I. HAVE. TO. FINISH.
It's been a stressful year for me personally and any time I get too stressed with personal things, I start to lose my spoons, especially when my work time becomes more pain than pleasure. Laughing. Usually I escape anxiety in work. That hasn't been the situation this year. As is typical of all people, depression follows anxiety, and when I get depressed, I quit sleeping and eating right. It's no big deal, really. All people have these issues. I think the difference for me is that I lose spoons, meaning I just run out of the ability to participate in life the way I should. But hey, life goes on. It does.
AND IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME, it's now July and half the year is over and a lot of us are going, "How did that happen?" I've always been interested in Time and how people view it. The older you get, the faster it moves. If you are like me, essentially working from home, not plugged into a lot of social stuff, you lose time. Some people mark time by their TV shows, or by their job/work schedules. I remember some of my college teachers talking about how their lives were marked by the words "semesters" and "terms." Some writers mark it by "novels" or by "conferences" or by "summer work" which is often very different from their other working schedules.
If you are sixteen, time moves much slower than when you are sixty. If you are six, it's eternal.
But none of us are eternal. Time, though in a mathematical sense is not real, marks us all.
Time is an essential theme or motif in all my work.