Book Hangovers

Whether it’s your inability to start a new book, because you are still living in the world of the book you have just finished, or if it is simply that as you close the cover on the last page, you realise the rest of the world has just carried on while you’ve suffered a battery of emotions, book hangovers, can be a pain.

You see book hangovers don’t always spoil your enjoyment of reading, they can spoil your enjoyment of writing, or experiencing real life, because you cannot shake the feelings they have caused. Sometimes those feelings can be inspirational and drive you forward, sometimes they will be dark and hang around for days making you contemplate all you know.

I find book hangovers more annoying than real hangovers, because they invariable last an awful lot longer, but unlike those mornings after the night before where you swear you’ll never drink again, I know I’ll always read another book, because the heroes and heroines are my heroin, my drug, my addiction, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

I’m not counting honest.

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Ok so I am already stupidly excited about the fact we are having a trip away, simply because it has almost (and will have been by the time we go) been three years since the Boyfriend and I actually left the country*, and this break away to Iceland for IcelandNoir, is an unexpected trip abroad

But there are plenty of other reasons I am looking forward to going too.  On the personal side there are several good friends of mine who will also be there, and the chance to spend even a few hours sat with a drink, or maybe a meal, just chatting away will be fabulous, due to the fact that I don’t get to see any of them on a regular basis as they all live in Yorkshire or above, and it’s a bit of a trek from the cotswolds to see them.

On the fanboi side, there is Arnaldur Indridason, for a start.  I have loved his books since I first read Silence of the Grave his second Detective Erlendur novel a couple of years ago and his latest book Strange Shores simply blew me away. ( You can find my review of it for CrimeSquad Here in the November reviews) Whilst no fanboi moment I have again in my life will live up to the moment I got to meet Stan Lee, I’m quite sure that meeting Indridason, will be up there in my top ten author moments.

Then of course there is the bucket list.  Not for me per se, but certainly for the other half.  Visiting Reykjavik has been on his bucket list for quite some time as has seeing the Northern Lights (aurora borialis) which is an amazing sight, and certainly something everyone should see once in their lifetime given the opportunity, and we have a trip out to look for them while we are there.

Then there is everything else that we are going to try and fit in during the rest of the time we are there.  Ooh, it’s going to be fun, and yes I can’t wait.

*no our recent trips to Scotland and Wales don’t count! :P

Slightly less nutty this year….

So if any one ever looks at the alternative pages on here, you’ll see that last November I went a bit overboard on challenging myself to do stuff.

This year I’ve been slightly less insane.

I’ve been attempting to keep up with photo challenges every month this year with varying degrees of success from complete months to forgotten months, but I’m still going, and will hopefully manage a full month this month to post here.

I’m also signing on for NaBloPoMo again, as this place has been a tad neglected of late and with the upcoming winter months mean spending more tone indoors, writing will be a good way to spend that time, which means getting back into the swing of things.

Talking of writing, I will be giving NaNoWriMo a miss this year. There’s a lot of upheaval at work at the moment and I’m just coming out of one of deepest down phases in a while so I think this would be just one step too many at the moment. Hopefully when Camp NaNoWriMo cones round in the new year I’ll be more focused and in the mood to give it a go.

For now, these are the photo challenges I will be mixing and matching from for this month’s photo a day challenge.

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If you’re not following me on Instagram (search JoKawasaki) It’s usual for me to post all of my challenge photographs over on my blog The Day Watch, only for the purposes of my Nutty November challenges I will be duplicate posting them here.

As for the NaBloPoMo posts?

Well let’s see how that turns out shall we.

That was the month that was

In which I read some books, watched some TV and generally avoided the interchoobs.

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I didn’t read as much as I wanted this month mainly because I discovered this TV show called Lost Girl, and I decided to marathon my way through seasons one to three.

I did however have a bit of a back catalogue catch up, with One Last Breath, The Dead Place and Scared to Live by Stephen Booth. I had a bit of a giggle with Something Borrowed by Paul Magrs and Mrs Fry’s Diary by Mrs Stephen Fry. I fed need for generic pap with Tick Tock, and Second Honeymoon by a couple of James Patterson’s herd of writers, and I gave myself a thrill with Stay Close by Harlan Coben and The Edge of Normal by Carla Norton.