|HI Doc, welcome to the Critique Zone (disclaimer: everything below is completely subjective!)
For me, this is so nearly a killer shot. The shape, the pattern and the lighting are really 'zen' and actually change the way I am breathing. Your control of DOF is excellent but I agree with the commenter that I would have preferred to have the rim and pattern really sharp to contrast with the gentle blur elsewhere. For me, the dark pattern provides an ideal focal point, curling perpendicular to the light shape - if you really did not set this up, it is quite some serendipity!
Artistically, I find the yellow book distracting - actually all of them. without then, this becomes minimalist and very beautiful.
All I can say is that your absence has not cost your skill or your 'eye', welcome back!