I'm still here. I'm reading, I'm discovering, I'm writing. If you follow me on instagram, you'll know my life is currently existing in complete chaos. In late January, I started the process of a career change by enrolling in a full-time front-end engineering course. I absolutely love it, but cramming a CS degree into three months is all-consuming. I had my demo day last week, and now am in the process of finding my next job as a developer.
I've also started a gig as a Book Riot Contributor - which I am also loving. It's an honor to be writing for a company that puts so much emphasis on diversity and equality. On top of it all, I'm planning my wedding in June. Life is crazy -- but really good.
The energy to read comes and goes. Sometimes, it feels like I am reading to relax - to take my mind off all the code I'm learning, other times, it feels like I can't read unless I AM relaxed. My relationship with reading has shifted quite a bit since I've started spending my days programming. The contrast of code and the written word is stark: I find myself longing for beautiful language and complexity. For instance, fast and fun thrillers don't captivate my attention like they used to. I don't know if it's a phase, or if this is just the natural course of my reading tastes evolving.
One thing I do know is that I have been insatiable for books taking place either in space or the Arctic. If you have any recommendations, please send them my way.
Some books I've read and loved recently:
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet & A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
I really got lost in the world Becky Chambers created. Her literary take on the science-fiction genre is brilliant and captivating. The characters you meet are so thoughtfully crafted - I still find myself thinking of them often. I recommend this series to anyone nervous to try out sci-fi (or really anyone, ever).
Shelter by Jung Yun
This book really surprised me. After seeing it on a bunch of Best Of 2016 lists, I finally decided to give it a try. This family drama is dark, gripping, and completely unputdownable. The novel unfolds with cascading consequences as the reader discovers hidden motives and family secrets. It also provides an interesting commentary on life as an Asian-American trying to find happiness beyond the family legacy.
The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell
This is one of those books you have to read alone, otherwise you will find yourself annoying your partner with the constant: "Hey! Did you know, in Denmark..." Sorry, Matt! I adore Scandinavian culture, and learning more about it was such a joy. When Helen Russell moves to Denmark with her husband for his work, she spends the year dissecting Danish culture - from hygge and interior design, to education and sexism in the workplace. What Russell created is the perfect mix of memoir and cultural insight backed by experts in the field.
Thanks for bearing with me these last few months. I can't wait to get back to reading, reviewing, and chatting with you all about the books we love. Happy reading!