I grew up as quite a voracious reader, but have since fallen rather behind in my reading list. There are so many authors and books that I haven’t gotten to. That’s not to say that I don’t hoard titles from the discount bookstore. I am constantly picking things up, adding them to my ever-growing “To Read” pile. In honor of the A-to-Z Challenge, I decided to read one of these books: John Scalzi’s Hugo Award-nominated, military sci-fi, debut novel.
O is for Old Man’s War.
At least… It should’ve been. That’s the post that I had scheduled for today. But as things stand, I… I actually haven’t finished the book yet. Which would’ve been fine if I hadn’t mentioned it before. I don’t have a theme for this year’s A-to-Z Challenge, so I could’ve easily switched to another topic without anyone noticing.
“After that, I got some reading in before bed time (As to the book’s title, I’ll tell you this much: look for my review when we get to the letter O…).”
-from E is for Easter Monday
I was so sure that I could start and finish a book amidst all this blog writing.
O is for overly optimistic. Or perhaps, O is for overzealous.
I was so excited, you guys. Excited to participate in the A-to-Z Challenge and dive head first into blogging. But you know what? Blogging every day is hard.
That’s not to say that I have found the Challenge onerous; no, no. It has been super fun thus far! But other things came up in the last few days and ate up the time I should have spent finishing Old Man’s War.
Listed here are those obstacles in order of occurrence:
- This past Saturday was International Tabletop Day!! I hope you geeks and gamers had a fun time. I was able to get together with a few folks on Saturday evening. Most of them are fairly new to the board game scene, so we stuck with several familiar games such as Fluxx, Sequence, and Balderdash. I was, however, able to teach them how to play Escape: Curse of the Temple, which they really enjoyed. On the whole, it was a night of light games, but heavy on laughter and fun.
- I developed a slight cold from Friday onwards, and after church on Sunday, it hit hard. I was bed-ridden from Sunday afternoon through Monday. My sinuses ached, my head was full of mucus, and my body insisted on attempting to cough up a lung. It was all pretty terrible, and I’m still getting over it. But on the bright side, having the day off from work left me some time for…
- Marvel’s Daredevil! The hype is real, you guys. Netflix’s entrée into the Marvel Cinematic Universe is fantastic. The pacing is great, there are wonderful performances by the actors, and the cinematography/direction is superb. A word of caution to those who have not yet watched, however — Daredevil is extremely dark and violent. I’m ordinarily not too bothered by that stuff, but, wow, there are some really intense moments!
- Like all other obedient Americans, I had to work on filing my taxes this week. Nothing exciting to note here. Let’s move on…
- Once I started to feel a little bit better, you would think that I would have spent my time wisely. Maybe I could have, oh, I don’t know… finished reading the book I was supposed to blog about? Of course not! It was beautiful outside and my health had improved. So, naturally, I spent my time playing Ingress. (I have reached Level 7 now, so there is that, I suppose.)
And those, dear reader, are the reasons why you are not currently reading a review of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War. After the A-to-Z Challenge is over and things have calmed down a bit, I will definitely post my thoughts on the book. But right now, I guess I’m just sorry for this missed opportunity.
O is for Oops!