"Domus, my mind offered. Familia, my heart replied. Home." -- Laurie R. King, Justice Hall
The past eight weeks of my life have been some of the most hectic I've experienced thus far in my adult life. If you've been following me on Twitter or Facebook, you already know that I spent most of June and July preparing to move. We had been planning to move sometime during the fall, but when we learned that our new house would be available in August, we decided to move early. Thus began six weeks of frantic packing and organizing, and another two weeks of slightly less frantic unpacking, painting and generally settling in to our new home. While this process is by no means finished (There will be much celebrating when all of my books are finally unpacked), things have reached the point that normal living is no longer a far-off concept.
July was not a good month for reading. For the first time since 2006, I went an entire month without finishing a single book. This week has been better, as I've read both The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, both of which were awesome in very different ways.
Things will probably be a bit slow here at Bookish Ruth through the fall as I continue to work on the house, but I will still be blogging regularly. I've missed the book blogosphere so much over the past two months and can't wait to jump back in with both feet.
Fittingly, the last piece of mail I physically received at my old house was a book (Works of Love by Soren Kierkegaard, a long-wishlisted book that I've been consuming in five minute bites and then pondering over hours of painting) and the first piece of mail received here was, again, a book. (The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl, which I'm excited to be reading for a book tour in October.)
I think I've contacted all of the publicists that I work with on a regular basis with my new address, but if I've missed anyone, please shoot me an e-mail with the contact form, especially if you send books via UPS or FedEx. My postal mail will be forwarded to my new address automatically for a year, but UPS and FedEx do not offer a forwarding service.