I managed to read a book!
Having said that, I finished it mostly so I could say I had finished the series rather than being really engaged. League of Dragons felt like a let down to me; I just didn’t really care about or believe in the ending for Lawrence and Temeraire. The series ending just felt…unsettled, to me, for lack of a better word. The Big Conflict is under control [spoiler: Napoleon is exiled in the end] but all the social issues that supported the plot and story arc are not resolved. Why bother to point them out or make me care as a reader if the series just stops with little or no progress on their front?
I’m on a bit of a roll, reading-wise. After reading LoD, I picked up a couple of library books. One is finished, A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev. I recognized the name from reviews, maybe at Dear Author or elsewhere, but didn’t remember the substance of any reviews. The book blurb implied (to me) a sort of Indian chick lit, but it read as a beefed up Harlequin Presents. That’s not necessarily a negative; I’ve consumed a large quantity of HPs in my reading career. It wasn’t really what I expected, but once I readjusted my expectations, the book was fine and entertaining, a pretty fluffy read, although I really didn’t care for the hero and didn’t buy the character revision or retconning at the end to make him appear less like a selfish jerk. (He was a pretty typical HP alphahole.)
Now trying to read Middlemarch. Some day I shall finish it. I hope. And I’ve got $50 and change in Apple rebate money burning a metaphorical hole in my pocket.