Mathematics and Language

I have taken some time off of Instagram to relax, because the whole thing was really stressing me out. I tried opening my account on Sunday and I felt the unnerving sense of a panic attack lingering beneath the surface. No good. I’m not too sure how I will be able approach this online space again. I’m sure I will be able to deal with quick posts and short interactions, but the interactions is what I care about the most. Perhaps I will be fine in a week and this is just the dramatic side flaring up in me, but who knows? I’m considering limiting my correspondence to Goodreads, email and physical mail.

Either way, I am have been having a splendid time virtually on Goodreads and physically in my attic. This weekend I failed to attend YALFest, the Dutch YA festival I have been waiting for for months to attend and hate that I didn’t go, but also don’t because I knew that I wasn’t in the right mental space to go. That’s one of the things I have learned to do since last year. Not being so hard on myself for not being able to do things, because it just makes things worse than they already are. But let’s go back to my time in the attic.

I finished reading Middlegame and for me it was a game changer, wait no, life changer. If you read my previous post you will know what it’s about, but to sum it up in two words (which yes, I know is an absolute injustice): mathematics and language. Over the years a lot of things have changed in my life, but two things have always remained constant. The maths and the words. There have been times were my two favourite interests have faltered a bit, but they have always remained and looking at the bigger picture have even amplified over the years: I am a part-time mathematics/econometrics/Japanese/Chinese student and book reviewer. Who would have thought?! Middlegame for me was life changing, because of the characters I felt shared two of the most important pieces of myself. I got to read how they both nurtured their respective discipline and that could not have been more soothing for my soul. I know that sounds like a religious experience, but don’t worry hahah, I’m just really passionate about books :). It has definitely inspired me to keep going on the track that I am and intensify my studies. I have also decided to take up chess. It’s a game I always felt was too complex for me to become good at, but when I just realised it’s math, just probabilities, combinatorics, game theory, I felt an increasing urge to give it an honest try. I am currently learning to play on Chess.com. If you are interested in linking up with me on there, my username is TheArtisanGeek.

Today, I am planning on writing some reviews, reading Lord of the Flies, playing violin and studying multivariable calculus.

xx Seji

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I’m back!

Well it has been a very long time since I have written a blog post. I have had this website since 2015, when I first started my Studyblr after having my knee surgery. If you know me from there or my Instagram or Youtube account you will know that I have a lot of (at times weird) interests. I struggled a bit with deciding what I wanted to do with this website and my long list of drafted posts is a testament to that. In recent months I have come to enjoy the art of writing, since I have been doing that a lot for my videos and posts and I’d like to explore that a little more. For now I think that this website will just be a place that I just write about everything that interests me and not only books. Perhaps I’ll start writing some stories, who knows?

Having said that, let me tell you about this book I’m reading hahah. Tor was incredibly nice to send me a copy of Seanan McGuire’s upcoming book Middlegame. Before I started Youtube really the only other book publisher I knew where Penguin and De Bezige Bij, and it has been a delight discovering new and amazing publishers that bring out amazing books! Tor is definitely one of them, and their first book I read was, The Black Gods Drums by P. Djèlí Clark. This was a steam punk inspired fantasy/historical fiction, infused with African mythology. I never knew that these type of books existed, nor how much I would love reading them. In my quest for more of Clark’s brilliant writing I found an array of amazing science fiction and fantasy books published by Tor. I had found a piece of book heaven! Long story short, I got sucked in and I never want to go back up this Tor rabbit hole hahah.

Two weeks ago I started reading Every Heart a Doorway written by McGuire and I was swept off of my feet. The writing was superb and I was so emotionally moved by the story, which was brilliantly composed into under 200 pages. I had previously requested her book Middlegame on NetGalley several months ago, because I felt the cover looked really cool:
MiddlegameThis is obviously bad practice, but you will be surprised to learn how often my book cover taste, aligns with my book taste. Honestly, I have had only one bad experience! Either way, I got declined, but three weeks ago I asked for a physical copy and I they sent me one *cries happy tears*. I am currently at page 128 (out of 153) and I already want to give it five stars, which is a big deal! I mean, my Goodreads says that from the 142 books I have read, I’ve given 11 (7.75%) a five star rating. Here’s the synopsis

Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story.

Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math.

Roger and Dodger aren’t exactly human, though they don’t realise it. They aren’t exactly gods, either. Not entirely. Not yet.

Meet Reed, skilled in the alchemical arts like his progenitor before him. Reed created Dodger and her brother. He’s not their father. Not quite. But he has a plan: to raise the twins to the highest power, to ascend with them and claim their authority as his own.

Godhood is attainable. Pray it isn’t attained. 

Sounds exciting, right?! Well, I have been enjoying myself so much reading this book! I love the characters and McGuire has such a gracious and touching writing style, it is hard not to stop making notes, pointing out all of the passages I am loving (seriously, I am running out of Book Darts hahah). I can’t wait to finish this book, because I have so many questions and so many things to talk about and I cannot wait till this book comes out, so that I can discuss it with everyone who is willing to talk to me hahha. If you want updates on my reading progress, you can follow my Goodreads page. Cheers!

xx Seji