TSS: February 14 (Balancing act)

The Sunday Salon.com I’ve been kind of out of it for the past week or so, because ever since I decided to do a gap year after graduating I haven’t been able to keep my mind on anything. There’s just so much I have to plan for! It’s extremely hard to read about vampires, for instance, when all I really want to read about is how to find a job overseas. I haven’t started the next Lord of the Rings book for the readalong, I’ve forgotten what I need to do for my challenges, and it’s all a big mess.

But I am trying to balance things. I’m taking the day off from reading travel blogs and focusing on Sunshine (that vampire book), and maybe a few smaller YA books, and hopefully I’ll stop running around like my pants are on fire. A year is a good amount of time to plan, and if I keep telling myself that I’m sure I’ll start believing it.

Now, I’m wondering what to do with the books from my TBR pile I don’t want to keep. I could put them on BookMooch or PaperbackSwap, but spending money when I want to save it (see here) doesn’t seem like a smart plan. I was thinking about maybe doing, like, a bookstore type thing? Where people could buy my old books and help fund my trip at the same time? What do you think: does that sound like a good idea? Or should I just wait to get rid of them in a yard sale? (By the way, how does one hold a yard sale when one lives in an apartment complex?)

Sooooo many questions. Time for stats!

Books read this week:
27. The Hunchback Assignments – Arthur Slade [rating: 3.5/5]
28. White is for Witching – Helen Oyeyemi [rating: 4.5/5]

Books reviewed this week:
24. Bite Me! – Dylan Meconis [rating: 4.5/5]
26. Beyond Tourism – Kenneth Cushner [rating: 3/5]
27. The Hunchback Assignments – Arthur Slade [rating: 3.5/5]

Currently reading:
Sunshine by Robin McKinley. I’m about halfway through now, and while I’m enjoying it I can’t help but think that a) it’s really WEIRD how Sunshine and her boyfriend do, like, nothing together and they don’t even talk to each other, and b) Sunshine needs to grow a spine. Seriously. GROW A SPINE, SUNSHINE.

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0 thoughts on “TSS: February 14 (Balancing act)”

  1. I find Sunshine’s relationship with Mel totally life-affirming. I need lots of space and time by myself, so it makes me happy to read about someone who needs MORE space and MORE time away from her significant other.

    1. I suppose I just feel kind of bad for Mel, because at the point I’m at in the book it’s kind of obvious that he wants to talk about stuff with Sunshine (and maybe even HELP HER), but because she doesn’t want to talk or ask for help, and because they have a history of not talking with each other, they’re walled off from one another. I mean, it’s nice that they’ve comfortable not talking or being with one another all the time, but I don’t even know why they’re dating except that it’s simply convenient (I think Sunshine even said that herself). Sunshine is basically using him as a wall to prop herself up against– what does he get out of the relationship?

      I think I’m at the point where we get a bit more background info on Mel, though, so I could end up changing my mind. 😀

  2. I actually didn’t really like Sunshine as much as I like Robin McKinley’s other books! Unfortunately I don’t remember as much about it, but I know the relationship dissatisfied me.

    You could always set up a store on Amazon to sell your books, but then you would have to pay shipping. I’m not that big on selling my stuff (I’m a hoarder and am lucky enough to have parents who store everything) so I have no idea what else would work! Do you have any friends/relatives with space for a yard sale, maybe?

  3. Yes set up a sale – Carl from Stainless Steel droppings did it to clear some of his credit card debt and it went quite well I believe. If you set up an Amazon store they’ll let you factor in basic shipping costs and as long as you let people know the shipping time period you could send most things land mail to keep costs down.

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