I just saw Jaime's Currently post and apparently these posts are a thing now...Oh and in case anyone was wondering where I've been - nowhere in particular, just lurking about!
Wednesdays are a time for taking note here on the blog, focusing on the ‘Currently’, a mid-week check-in. Currently Reading, Listening, etc. It’s all part of my current status.
Currently reading: Shelter by Jung Yun, To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
I pulled out of my slump last month and have been back to my usual life of obsessive reading. I'm still about a dozen books behind on my Goodreads challenge, but I'm not bothered. I'm not a very good book blogger and don't care about all the things I'm supposed to care about. The first chapter of Shelter has me hooked on this book. It's not my usual type of read, but after reading Sarah J. Maas and Cassandra Clare back to back I think I just needed something as far away from pop-fantasy as possible.
Currently listening to: my spring playlist!
It's a doozy - I combined my April and May playlists and have been listening nonstop. I even added some songs that I've heard on the radio recently. Yes, that's right I listen to actual pop music sometimes. Don't tell me that Lady Gaga track isn't catchy. I have less of an excuse for the Ed Sheeran and Harry Stiles songs...but I like what I like and sometimes it's regular old pop songs.
I also rediscovered my CD collection from high school so I broke out the boombox (yes, really) a few weeks ago...it's been about as amazing as you can imagine. I've been listening to a lot of my old mix CDs and reliving the early aughts indie music scene.
Also, currently listening to: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince audiobook
I've noticed that my audiobook listening has slowed to a small trickle since moving back to the States. I used to listen to audiobooks on my evening commute through London, but these days I'm working from home and don't have a commute. I still listen to podcasts and NPR during the day, in the morning with my coffee and when I'm working on something that doesn't need my full critical attention (emails, blog, Twitter, etc.), but I don't have that extra time for audiobooks except at night when I'm getting ready for bed. I've really enjoyed ending the day with Jim Dale's voice reading me Harry Potter, so I'm happy with the new routine.
Currently waiting on: Once and for All by Sarah Dessen
I will never stop loving Sarah Dessen. Whenever she has a book out I will always be excited. Her upcoming release sounds like a great Dessen, fun and romantic and full of real characters and real feelings. The story centres around wedding planning, which is not something I'm particularly interested in but I have faith in Sarah Dessen. I love everything she writes and if there's ever a time for a book about weddings, it's the month of June.
Currently watching: lots of TV
Including, but not limited to Grey's Anatomy, The Handmaid's Tale, The White Princess, Veep, The 100, Doctor Who, and Friends. This makes it sound like I'm sitting in front of the TV all day - I'm not, but these are the shows on my current watchlist.
Currently thinking: about fandom and academia
I was just browsing through some academic journals this afternoon (as you do) and found some really intriguing articles that have set off a lot of ideas in my head. After reading about some recent academic studies on children's literature and popular culture, I'm itching to talk about how fandom and internet culture intersects with academia. There's this weird divide between readers in fandom cultures and readers in academic cultures, but the truth is both kinds of readers love books whole-heartedly. I've been thinking about the work of people such as Hannah McGregor and Marcelle Kosman of Witch, Please, blending the personal enthusiasm of fandom and the critical rigour of academia in their reading of beloved texts (in this case, relating to the Harry Potter books). This is exactly the kind of work I love to do. So maybe I'll start sharing more of that work here on the blog. No promises. Just maybe.