Here is a secret. I never read one book at a time. That probably is not all that much of a secret, but I know it is a reading style that not everyone agrees with. However, it works for me.
What I read varies. Sometimes I will be reading a non fiction book and a fiction book. Sometimes I will be reading from one of my lists while reading a book not on my lists. It really varies based on my mood. I mean reading is about fun an enjoyment. It is about distressing and discovering other worlds. If reading becomes stressful then it is time to take a step back. . . but I suppose that is another post.
Currently I am tending to read books based upon their format. I have an audiobook, a paper book, and a kindle book all in the works right now. When I finish one I tend to start another one of the same format and keep going with the other books I have.
When the Eye Sees Itself
by. Eric Borgerson
Genre: Dystopia Science Fiction (Adult)
Publisher: Polylyric Press
When the Eye Sees Itself weaves a dazzlingly complex web of interconnection – institutional, psychological, political, cultural, economic, conscious, even subatomic - and shows how tugging on a thread within it can pull everyone down, or up.
The story takes place in a country that classifies people by temperamental balance, segregating Vulnerables and Aggressives from the ranks of Citizens who are deemed to possess a functional balance.
A legal challenge becomes the catalyst for a surge of unrest among the excluded classes, with Vulnerable and Aggressive activists squaring off against the conservative Citizen’s Action League over the rules for entry into the powered class.
Under the surface of this political conflict lurks a new technology – Quantum Field Resonance Imaging– which allows people to interpenetrate quantum neural fields and touch minds. The technology is in use for illicit and noble purposes, on small scales and large, officially and in the shadows.
Nothing is as it seems, and as the mind-linking technology peels back the veneer of ordinary perception, layer upon layer of deception and collusion are exposed, revealing abuses of power so profound they threaten to annihilate the country in civil war. Yet, an even more fundamental shift can be heard rumbling from beneath, as still deeper strata of illusion are blasted away and the struggle for control becomes more and more subtle.
Dealing with themes of quantum entanglement, mass surveillance, mass incarceration, political struggle, descent into darkness and addiction, state sponsored terror and torture, and spiritual awaking amidst the ashes of shattered conventions. When the Eye Sees Itself is epic, inspiring, disturbing and fun. It is a compelling tale about power, the kind that imprisons and the kind that sets us free, all of it borne of our interpenetrated minds.
About the Author
Eric Borgerson has been a writer in one form or another since junior high school in Oakland, California. He completed degrees in philosophy at Reed College and law at U.C. Berkeley. His career has included work in labor and civil rights law and politics, as an organizer, attorney, writer and journalist. He is also a fan of good science fiction, an avid science enthusiast, loves backpacking, music, film, and literature, and is a lifelong student of philosophy and spiritual traditions. When the Eye Sees Itself is Eric's first major work of fiction. While it is neither biographical nor autobiographical, it is informed and animated by Eric's extensive experience with politics and the law, as activist, participant and exile. Eric lives in the Palm Springs, California area.
The O.W.L.s have come and gone and I have yet to do my official check in. (Original Post)
The end result - not so good.
I entered in a massive reading slump in the month of April. That is not a bad thing. I mean I have currently read 60 books this year. That is 27 books ahead of my goal.
A reading slump was due.
I just wish that it has not happen during the O.W.L.s. I think this challenge was great, and fully intended to participate to my utmost.
I mean I am totally a Hermione Granger. I once had a Professor in my graduate program take me outside to gently tell me that I had received a C on a paper. She knew I would take it hard. Do not worry too much, I aced the course. Yet, kids and work come well before reading.
Here is my original O.W.L.s goal. I was aiming for twelve books.
In total I read only seven books in April. (Yes, seven books in a month is my idea of a reading slump.) Of the six books three of them were original selections for the challenge. Three more were books that I picked up along the way.
I have decided that I am just really bad about picking a list of books to read and actually sticking to that list. Thankfully it does not bother me too much.
Either way all six books fit in nicely with my O.W.L. So, it means that I made it half way through. Not too bad, but no Hermione.
Ancient Runes - Did Not Finish
Arithmacy - The Thirteenth Tale
Astronomy - Acceptance
Care of Magical Creatures - Bourne
Charms - The Night Realm
Defense Against the Dark Arts - Did Not Finish
Divination - Did Not Finish
Herbology - Did Not Finish
History of Magic - My Way To Canossa
Muggle Studies - Brain Bugs
Potions - Did Not Finish
Transfiguration - The Glittering Court