Once, perhaps almost ten years ago or so, I met Jamie Tworkowski at an event in my town. I don’t really remember too much of it, honestly. But I do know I’ve been somewhat following his work with To Write Love On Her Arms for many years, which is why I decided I should try giving his book If You Feel Too Much a shot. It’s taken me some time to get around to it since it was published, but nevertheless I did make it.
I like to think I manage my money quite well. I have what I call a network of savings accounts so I can see how much I have saved and for what purpose. I also have a decently detailed monthly budget so I know what money I can spend and where I need to save. However, given some events over the past few months, I felt I needed to make adjustments at least for August, which is why I am writing now.
The idea is a simple one, yet it is also intricate at the same time. Bird Box by Josh Malerman is a post-apocalyptic novel (sort of, at least), where something arrived five years ago and if anyone catches a glimpse of it, they are driven to incredible violence. So, whenever anyone dares step foot outside, they must do so with their eyes tightly shut.
One of the biggest changes I’ve made this year is not reading as much as I did last year. Shocking to some, I know, especially given I do write lots of book reviews on this blog, but also something I felt was necessary. Last year I pushed myself to read as much as I could, which turned out to be roughly 134 books within the year. I am proud of the accomplishment, but I also noticed partway through the year it really just became about reading books to get the number higher, regardless of what I thought about the books. I read a lot of books I did not care for in any way, and I think that’s wrong. There are so many books out there, too many to read in a lifetime I imagine, so why should I waste my time with books I am not enjoying?
I have two pairs of glasses currently, prescription lenses, and I got them last year after not having new glasses for quite some time. I don’t remember the last time I got new glasses before these ones. I know I had multiple pairs, and one was roughly seven or so years old, but that’s about it.