It’s been quite a while and so today I’m here to get the blog all caught up. Usually Wednesdays here on In The Leaves are devoted to music, and I certainly don’t want to change that completely, but instead of just posting my most recent playlists, I’m going to start sharing a bit more here on Wednesdays, a mid-week check in. I spend so much time reading during the week and in the past I’ve just tallied it up at the end of the week without much thoughtfulness. But there’s so much in life we let just pass by and I don’t want my reading life to follow that same pattern. This is the era of mindfulness after all. So once a week I’m going to try to pause and take stock, just as I do in my offline life through journaling. I’m planning a post on my journaling routine as part of my How I Write series, but one of my most helpful habits is to keep a Gratitude Log every day. It a great practice to sit down every day and think of specific things that have made me happy or helped me in some way—to take time to consider the minutia of my life, to see the special things hidden in with the rest maybe even so small that I passed them right by in the moment without noticing. It’s a way to take note, to check in on my current status, even as the days seem insurmountably busy, always rushed.
And so Wednesdays will be a time for taking note here on the blog, focusing on the ‘Currently’. These ‘Currently’ posts will be a bit like a Gratitude Log for this blog—not just what I’m reading, but what I’m enjoying (or not enjoying) about the book(s). The book community is often focused only on reviews, the final, completed thoughts. I’d like to reclaim some of the journey of reading, the in-between time. To focus on the experience along the way. Of course I’ll still be sharing my Currently Listening as well—I love creating playlists each week, setting the tone for that week’s specific feelings and experiences. It’s all part of my current status.
[I often have several books on the go, but for a true current status I’ll choose the book I’ve read throughout the day on a given day.]
Ten Ways To Be Adored When Landing a Lord by Sarah Maclean
Progress: 20% (on my Kindle)
- Isabel is actually using her status as a landed lady to help women in need, quite a novelty in Regency romance novels.
- And I’m quite enjoying the unlikely (and a bit ridiculous) premise for the budding romance between Nicholas and Isabel.
- Every time they discuss the marbles I am just waiting for a joke about ‘losing them’—I suppose I will have to wait and see if Sarah Maclean can deliver a good joke with the material.
[I’ve combined the month’s weekly playlists into one, pardon any rocky transitions between what had been four separate playlists.]
It's been so long since I've shared any music with you! For a while I was mainly listening to the same old same old. But then I started falling back in love with hip hop/rap, a genre I enjoyed during the cooler days of my youth. I'm not sure what it was but I found myself rediscovering old favourites and falling for newer stuff I missed when I was neglectful of the genre. In case you're wondering, my taste is pretty basic - Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt, Kanye. I've been listening to the new Kendrick Lamar album so much recently I had to put one of my favourite tracks in the playlist, but sometimes I just think mixing rap into my eclectic musical taste can be a bit too jarring. Sometimes I just prefer to listening to albums.
Most of my other listening of late has followed my general tendency toward folk music, indie, and electronic/chill with the usual dash of oldies, pop, soul, and hip hop. Eclectic is definitely the only way to describe my listening habits. Special mention this week is due to 'When My Time Comes' by Dawes - for a long time I couldn't listen to this song as it's attached to memories from a dark time in my life, but sometimes it's good to be reminded of past heartbreak.