August Reading Recap

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It seems I’m always saying that the month flew by but seriously, August flew by! Could help that I read a crap-ton of books. Seriously though. I completed 9 books! I tried to make it an even 10 but to no avail! I’m not going to recap each and every one, as I read a couple of series (or parts of them). So I will give my overall impression of the series.

First set of books I read are a part of a series, The Squire’s Tales. The first four books are as follows: The Squire’s Tale, A Squire His Knight and His Lady, The Savage Damsel and the Dwarf, and Parsifal’s Page. I had read the first two growing up and was absolutely obsessed. Having NO idea they were a part of a larger series. They are intended for young adult but I honestly believe they transcend age boundaries. If you love King Arthur and the Round table and all of that jazz, you will absolutely love these stories! They are fun, fast paced and full of magic. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

Next I re-read/finished the Inheritance Cycle. I purchased Eragon for my brother for Christmas the year it was published and my siblings and I loved it. Then I read Eldest when it was released. For one reason or another, I didn’t pick Brisingr up immediately and when I did I couldn’t really remember all the details of the first two books so I set it aside. And never finished it. So I set myself the task of re-reading the first two books and finishing the series. I did not expect to find it incredibly tedious. This series is definitely worth reading once but it is not a re-read. I remembered just enough of the first two books to make reading them completely anticlimactic, which made them hard to pick up again. I stuck with it and was glad I did. I felt as though Brisingr and Inheritance were more well written.

Over all, these are a good read. Not my favorite, but worth the time. Once over. For his age Christopher Paolini accomplished something pretty amazing. However, his age was also a deterrent. Eragon is angsty and juvenile pretty much throughout. Due to his age as well as the age of the writer. Paolini is incredibly wordy. I am not against an 800-page novel (Game of Thrones dudes) but make it interesting. He uses 10 words where 5 would do. Honestly I can’t fault him too much for this as I have the same issue. It was a good lesson for me at what my novel could end up looking like if I don’t edit properly. There were a few other issues that honestly are pretty minor comparatively so I won’t mention them specifically. Other than these issues the story was well crafted and I would love to see if, as he is older now, he could write a spin off series as to what Alagaesia is like now.

After all of this nostalgic re-reading and YA at that, I felt the need to read something with more depth to it. I was given a huge stack of books and amongst those was The Great Gatsby which I am completely ashamed to admit I had never read until now. GASP! Well I righted that wrong and... wow. I almost have no words. Haha, almost. I never have no words.

As I somehow managed to go this entire time having NO knowledge as to the plot I loved the surprise of it! My obnoxiousness paid off. (Seriously, if someone is about to say something about a book I haven’t read, I plug my ears and LALALA!) I am so glad I didn’t know what to expect, it made it that much better!

I never watched the movie because…. I refuse. My first impression of a story will NOT be the movie. (Although I do have plans to watch it soon!) Especially one with such high acclaim as this. Fitzgerald is a genius with words. I was so drawn into the world I could vividly picture everything. It could help that I love the “roaring twenties” and if it weren’t for the rampant racism and sexism in that era I would time travel and live there for a while in a heartbeat.

I don't want to give anything away, so I’m going to stop. Although almost everyone has probably read this book WAY before me. This is what happens when you’re homeschooled and your parents let you choose your classics list. Somehow books that are a given for everyone else slip through the cracks. But then again, sometimes it means you’ve read things that no one else has.

Well guys, that’s a wrap for this month. I’m pretty excited about several books I have lined up to read next. Also hoping there will be more writing so there will probably (maybe) be less books read. That’s alright, balance!

July Reading Recap

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I only read two books last month. Two. (Hangs head in shame.) Well I can’t do anything about it now, it was a crazy month and I just couldn’t really get into anything I picked up. This sad state of affairs is also reflected in my writing as well, which is why this blog post is a couple weeks late. So let’s get started. First off, I read An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. While I usually don’t go for YA (although I seem to keep picking them up lately-what’s with that?), I actually really enjoyed this one. I honestly feel like it’s the first YA book I’ve read since The Hunger Games that I really enjoyed. I love the alternate world that she created for her Heroine and Hero. I enjoy the structure and history she’s given the world, it was intense and harsh and very intriguing. I’m very curious to learn more about it. (It wasn't a futuristic dystopia! Thank God.) I did also really enjoy her characters but I do have one beef with her on them. She writes in first person, and jumps between the two characters. To be honest, there were some chapters that I wasn’t certain who I was reading about and had to go back and check. Their voices were not as uniquely developed as I would have liked. Otherwise, I give this book a thumbs up. My enjoyment was enough to get me to pre-order the sequel A Torch Against the Night, which is coming out at the end of this month.

Secondly, I read Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. Again, definitely liked the book. But I honestly didn’t know what to expect so I was caught a little off guard that it was kind of a middle grade read. I don’t discriminate on the age group of books that I read because you never know what kind of story you’re going to love (Harry Potter, duh). My hesitation with this book could be due to the fact that I kept thinking about how much I would have liked to read it when I was 12 (but it didn’t exist until I was 15…even then I missed it somehow). Whatever the case, I think the story was fun and a neat spin on sprites and leprechauns and all of the inner workings of magical society. I’m going to go ahead and say that I liked it enough that it will be a book I give to my kids to read when they get to be that age (which is a long way away haha). I will also continue reading the series to give it a fair chance.

I can promise that I will have a LOT more in my August recap as I have already read 7 books! Before you get all impressed, four of them were super short and some were re-reads. I’m still 4 books behind schedule for my goal of reading 52 books this year…but I’m flying through them this month!

Hope you all have enjoyed your summer, since I hear it’s basically over now, what with school starting this week (insanity if you ask me). I refuse to acknowledge it being over until the end of August. That’s how it was when I was growing up and that’s the way it’s going to stay! (Picture me standing all Peter Pan-like when he’s all “I don’t wanna grow up.”) Yeah, okay...Well, that's all folks!

What was your favorite read for the month of July?

June Reading Recap

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Well this year is absolutely flying by! I hope you are enjoying your summer, and with it your summer reading list! I’m so proud of myself, reading as many books as I did this month! (Yes, I am totally patting myself on the back right now.) I cheated because two of them I didn’t actually “read” as I had the audiobooks, but I am counting them. I don’t know if anyone else is weird about that. Technically I know the story, but I didn’t read it. I feel like a fraud. Sigh. Oh well.

First up, Better Than Life by Grant Naylor. So flipping good! Quirky and crazy, fast paced sci-fi. Everything I would want in a follow-up to Red Dwarf. So bizarre and so well written, they’ve made me fall in love with characters that I wouldn’t normally even like if they were in another story. Genius storytelling. I cannot wait to read the next installment! Adventures in time with nukes and reverse aging and all sorts of craziness with Cat. Gotta love the Cat.  (Also, fun fact…Grant Naylor is not one person. Did not know this until I finished this book. It’s two people, who wrote these stories together and then mashed their names together. Perfect.)

I read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle next. I had read this as a child, I don’t remember what age. All I remember is that it was my first sci-fi book ever. I really liked it after re-reading it. What I imagine she was trying to accomplish must have been very difficult for her. She was trying to break out of a mold of traditional women roles and interweave some of her beliefs into young minds with an awesomely fantastical story. Considering the time in which she wrote it, and the audience she was directing her story towards, she did a pretty phenomenal job. (Another fun fact, this is a series. A fact I didn’t realize until I was reading the Goodreads reviews. Will definitely be finishing the series!)

The next “book” I read, was a comic book. In keeping with the idea of branching out, I decided to pick up one of the comic books I bought back in February. I read Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Change is Constant Vol. 1 by Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz and Dan Duncan. It was very different looking at so many pictures and reading so few words, as I have never read a comic book before. It was an interesting experience to translate pictures to words rather than the other way around. Ever since I was a kid I have been obsessed with Ninja Turtles, Superman and the like, but didn’t realize until I was older that they were comic books, not just movies and TV Shows. I didn’t grow up with parents as nerds. They did their best to allow me to be me, they just didn’t know about any of that comic book stuff so they didn’t know to tell me. (They let their 8-year-old daughter have a Ninja Turtle birthday party, complete with a Michelangelo cake. Yeah I know, they’re awesome.) So now that I’m all growed up, I decided it was up to me to make up for lost time and start reading some comics. I had no idea where to start to be honest so I just grabbed that one. I probably began all wrong but as there were literally thousands of comics lining the shelves, I knew I would never ever leave the comic book store if I didn’t just pick one. I have much to learn in this facet of the realm of nerd, but I’m excited to get into it!

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One of my reading adventures this month was a writerly adventure too. I read 250 Things You Should Know About Writing by Chuck Wendig. This book was sort of set up similarly to Writing Down the Bones (which I talked about in my May Reading Recap). This book was full of advice to writers. Those two things are where the similarities ended. While Goldberg is very Zen about all of her experiences, Wendig is very blunt and a little angry. Maybe angry isn’t quite the right word. It’s not a bad thing, more of an asinine people piss me off kind of way. Which I respect and really enjoyed about his book. I love that I’ve read two very different approaches to the same idea of passing on wisdom from one writer to another. His witty word play, although undeniably bawdy is clever and sometimes just downright hilarious. If someone can give me sound advice, while being relatable that’s great. If they can do those things and make me snort milk through my nose because I’m laughing so hard that’s just downright awesome. Except milk coming out your nose hurts. My advice, don’t read this while drinking milk. Also, don’t read this if easily offended. His jokes are not for the faint of heart.

Then, Darwinia by Robert Charles Wilson. I kept picking it up and putting it down throughout the month. Not that I didn’t love it. I absolutely did. I was trying to put my finger on what exactly made me hesitate with this book. I landed on two things. First, it was pretty dark with a great battle brewing between good and evil, ethereal demons and some pretty ominously sinister things lurking just at the edge of consciousness. I absolutely love these features in a book because I find them extremely compelling. However, I will admit I get nightmares easily. The other thing was the fact that I am not a physicist. I wish that my brain worked that way, it just simply does not. Any of the chapters where Wilson began discussing more in depth sciency things, even if some of them were of his own invention, I got hopelessly lost. I pushed forward in spite of it and like to think I understood enough to get the gist of what was going on. As far as I can tell, what he did was pretty freaking brilliant. So I’m sure anyone that could follow what he was talking about when he got into the science bit would really love this book.

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My last two books this month were both audiobooks. First was You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day. Oh boy, fan girling so hard over her. I knew a little bit about her before reading (uh, listening to) this book. Mostly her work with The Guild which I absolutely loved and could definitely relate to as having gone through a several year obsession with World of Warcraft. (I still itch to start playing again, but I’m terrified I would turn into Clara.) Now that I’ve gotten a peek inside of her head, I love her even more. She is so encouraging and inspiring! In spite of crazy addictions to videogames, simply being just a little bit weirder even than most weird people understand because of being homeschooled (which I can especially relate to haha) and crippling anxiety she has chosen to rise above and accomplish her dreams. I adore her and want to meet her someday. So very badly.

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The other audiobook was After You by Jojo Moyes. The follow-up to the very popular Me Before You. *Spoiler Alert* If you haven’t read the first book, don’t read this or I will give things away! * I almost didn’t read this one, because again. Romance. Ew. Well I did, because I thought, if an author can take the typical outline for a romance story and completely screw you over like she did in Me Before You, she’s bound to write another good one. Well she did. Moyes has succeeded in writing a story about a woman’s life and dealing with grief more than writing a romance. Romance features into her story yes, but it was more than that. Over-all it was the story about a woman finding herself, learning to fear nothing and embrace her life in spite of the terrible things that happen to her. Loved it.

Well, as Porky Pig says. “That’s all folks!”

What did you read in June?

What is in your To Be Read pile for this summer?

May Reading Recap

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I can’t believe it’s already the end of May! This month flew by! I am so excited to share the books I read this month!

The first book I completed was Red Dwarf by Grant Naylor. This book was bizarre right out of the gate. I was uncertain about it for the first few pages and to be honest, if one of my best friends hadn’t recommended it, I may have put it down. But I kept reading and wow! It was without a doubt one of the strangest, yet most intriguing books I have ever read! The space travel, time travel, sound effects typed right into the story like dialogue would be, and off the wall characters are all things that have you shaking your head but in an edge of your seat, can’t wait to find out what happens next sort of way.

If you are any type of sci-fi fan, you have to read this book. I literally read it in one day because I had to know how it all turned out. Talking about it again just reminds me how much I loved it and that I need to get my hands on the sequel!

Next book I tackled this month was Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. I had seen this one around a lot and just thought the cover looked awesome. I heard there was time travel and pirates and I was in!  I thought the method of time travel was actually really clever. It was not an overly complex story but for the most part, the simplicity was enjoyable. I have a few hang-ups with it, but I think those are due to the fact that it’s a YA novel and the depth just wasn't there for me. All in all, it was a good read, and I’m looking forward to the next installment, which I will sadly have to wait a while for since it was just published this year.

After travelling through time and space in two totally different ways, I struggled with a couple of different books. They just weren’t clicking for me so I didn't get all the way through them. I have plans to finish them in June.

Then I picked up The BFG by Roald Dahl. I remembered it’s going to be released as a movie this summer and I wanted to read it first. It’s one of the few Roald Dahl books I hadn’t read yet. I adore this man, and his genius for storytelling. Yes, it’s a children’s book but if you haven’t ever read a Roald Dahl book you are missing out on life. I have to say this wasn’t my favorite book by him (George’s Marvelous Medicine and Matilda tie for that spot) but it was true to his style and I walked away from the book smiling. The movie adaptation of The Big Friendly Giant will definitely be very interesting to see!

The last two books I completed this month were creative, writerly type books.

The first of these was Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon. This book is definitely for all creative people, not just writers. It was a fresh, fun take on the concept that no idea is truly original. We all have people who influence us and the truly great artist recognizes that and makes all the parts of all his influences into a new and shiny looking book, song, poem, etc. It was a really refreshing, quick read for some encouragement and motivation to just keep pursuing my dream!

The next book is definitely aimed at writers. Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg was an incredible book. I learned so much from her. From the concept that we are all capable of writing amazing things, some people have just been at it longer to the idea that all of your writing, even the bad stuff, is fuel for growing good writing. Like a compost heap. This book was filled with tidbits of wisdom, all of it applicable as a writer, all of it challenging and encouraging. Goldberg took Zen Meditation and combined it with everything she had ever learned about being a writer, from her vast experience and those of others. While I am not a huge fan of some of the Buddhist concepts, there was something to learn from each and every section. It was a slightly longer read, but that’s okay. This is of those books to be read slowly, so you can contemplate it and learn better from it.

I loved my reading month! It really lit a fire under me to write more and enjoy and learn from all of the books I read, whether they are ground breakers or not!

What did everyone read this month? Anything that inspired you to do something big, to carry on a dream or even try for a new one?

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April Reading Recap

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So I pondered how exactly I wanted to do this and I think all I’m going to say to start off is that I almost always go into reading my books blind. I don’t read reviews or synopses on them, or even read the back of the book. I quite literally judge a book by its cover. Don’t judge me, I like surprises.

The first book I completed this month was The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown. I’m sure there are lots of people who insist upon reading the book before watching the movie, but I’m not sure if there’s anyone else that takes as long to get around to it as I do sometimes.

So, I am obsessed with history and find all of the symbols and ways that Dan Brown interconnects things incredibly interesting. I love Leonardo DaVinci. I also love the pacing of the writing as it feels like a mad dash to the finish line so it kept me on the edge of my seat. It was another fun adventure with Robert Langdon, whom I now will forever picture as Tom Hanks since watching Angels and Demons. Some people seem to think that I’m not a fan of Tom Hanks since I recently blasphemed against Sleepless in Seattle (so sue me, I’m not a sappy romance girl, but I will get all sappy over a book I love, as you can see by how many times I use the word love in this paragraph). Speaking of blaspheming, I know a lot of people find issue with this book and while I can understand this, I enjoyed it for the awesomely entertaining piece of fiction that it is. Also, I find Mr. Hanks to also be awesome, so let that be cleared up. Tom Hanks is perfect to cast the adventuring symbologist and can’t wait to watch the movie. I love Tom Hanks! And this book! I’m really looking forward to the next two books in Dan Brown’s series on him!

Next up, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I had seen this books series everywhere, mostly on Instagram and decided I just had to read it. While overall I did find it to be an enjoyable book, I think all of the hype made me expect a little more. My slight disappointment may also be due to the fact that I read a book right before that was much more complex with its historical background (and I am a history geek), which made the subtle references to the history of the Welsh King by the Raven boys fall a bit flat for me. I realize that this is a YA novel so it’s depth is not going to match that of an adult novel. That concession, along with the supernatural and mystical plot twists made me want more once the book ended. So I definitely will be continuing to read the series, perhaps they get a bit more involved as they go along.

 (Disclaimer: The next review may have spoilers! Nothing detailed I promise but it’s really hard not to give stuff away with this book even by hinting at things!)

Finally, I read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. As mentioned earlier, I am not a romance book girl. Sure, if the swashbuckling pirate falls for the governor’s daughter while they are saving the world then I’m rooting for them and rather upset if they don’t end up together. But if the entire storyline is about two people falling in love, I usually either want to fall asleep or hurl. One of my best friends read this book and insisted that I read it too. In spite of my extreme doubts and again, knowing nothing about the book other than the fact that it was a romance, I decided to give it a go. And wow, it was good. So very depressing, but oh so good. I think part of me liked it so much because it was not even close to a traditional romance story. While it was pretty predictable from the very beginning, you still wanted to read about these people and invest in them. (Shoot, I probably gave away something there, sorry.) The reasons being one, they were British and said things like “bugger” a lot, which was fun. And two, they all had legitimate personalities, with lots of flaws and awesome things that make you actually like them! What a concept! I’m not going to say anymore or I will surely ruin it for you.

To recap everything, I recommend all three of these books for completely different reasons. The first, because history and fiction together are a match made in heaven (and because you should picture Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon). The second, because it’s just intriguing enough that I really need to know what happens next (and I’m a little in love with Ronan). Third book, because its satisfyingly heartbreaking (which I didn’t really know was a thing until I read it).

Hope I gave just enough insight to these books to intrigue you without ruining your life in telling you too much about it or by putting you to sleep.

What did you read last month? Anything I need to get my hands on?

Good luck with your May reads! May (haha, see what I did there?) they reach into your soul and teach you amazing things and never put you to sleep (except maybe from sheer exhaustion at their awesomeness)!

2016 Reading Goals

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Goals, by definition are the object of a person's ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.

Historically in my life, I’ve shied away from goals. I haven’t really worked out all of the whys to that yet, but I think part of it is that Atychiphobia thing.

Usually, I don’t set goals because I tend to do something to throw a monkey wrench in my own ideas. I aim for something, and then, when something happens to distract me from that (I have a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old…regular distractions are inevitable for me), I freak out and pretend I never had a goal to begin with. Rather than make more of an effort towards my ambitions, I shrink back and ultimately quit.

Now while sometimes compromise is a good thing because I set myself crazy goals like, I’m going to read a book a day this year (!), maybe I could run a marathon in a month (1 month after having a baby), I’m not going to cut my hair for a year (if you know me at all, you know this very nearly impossible…I’m a sucker for an a-line or pixie cut), or I’m going to stop eating sugar (hah!). You get the picture.

First off, I’m discovering I need to set realistic goals. Weird. And secondly, I need to push myself to make those results happen. Failure is a thing, absolutely. I’m going to set goals, even realistic ones that I will fall short of.

That being said, I have decided that falling short of my ambitions will not be due to a lack of effort on my part. Or a lack of setting goals entirely, which I am so very guilty of.

When I looked up the definition of goal on the interwebs, I immediately saw the definition I pasted above. Then my eye was drawn down to another definition.

The destination of a journey.

I really like the idea that our goals can be a journey in and of themselves. Like, my more realistic goal of going to the gym to lift weights twice a week. I definitely don’t do it every week, but the weeks I do go I feel so proud of myself. Now that I’ve been lifting for a little while, when I don’t go I find that I miss it. I’m different than I used to be because I never used to miss going to the gym.

OR my other more realistic, and on topic, goal of reading 52 books this year.

(That’s a book per week if you didn’t catch that.)

Now, I’m already behind a little because over the course of February and March I think I started 5 books but only finished one. However, this month I have finished three books, which I’ve read in the last two weeks. I’m going to try to pick up an extra book here or there to try to catch myself up. I think I can, I think I can!

Anywho, this reminds me of something else I decided on. I’m going to be writing a recap at the end of each month of the books I’ve read. I’m going to give you a few high-points, or low points depending on the book, about each one and then share whether I recommend them to you. Because, let’s face it, you’re totally here for my opinion on all matters books. Yes? Unless you’re my family, then you’re here because you love me. My family gets more than enough of my opinion in real life, so they get brownie points for being here. (Wave. Hi guys!)

And I digress…Where was I? Oh, right!

Goals. Ambitions. Intentions. Targets. Destinations. Missions. Whatever you want to call them (P.S. I’m addicted to the thesaurus).

Set your goals. Aim towards those ambitions. Conquer those intentions. Hit your target. Get to your destinations. Accomplish your missions.

And after you make those happen, set new ones! My goal for 2016 is to set more goals, and accomplish them!

Anybody else like me have unrealistic goals? How have you learned to set yourself realistic ones? What are some goals you have for this year?

Book Hangover

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We all get them right? When you read that amazing book or finally finish that series that speaks to you in such a powerful way that sometimes you can’t even find words to talk about it. You must finish it, but when it’s over you feel empty inside. You try to pick up another book but its characters don’t speak to you yet, and you put it down again. Then, daydreaming about the just finished, wonderful book, you realize that you may never find this hauntingly beautiful feeling ever again. You panic and pick up a book and devour it as fast as you can. When that book is over you discover, with a sigh of relief, that you actually can enjoy other books again. But the in the in-between time is the killer. Or at least it used to be for me. I find though, that if I really put my mind to it, a lot of my inspiration in life comes in that limbo period. I get something different, a tidbit of wisdom from every book. Sometimes it’s simple and other times it’s more complex.

For example, when I read Inkheart, one of my takeaways was that I needed to read more classics. Her quotes at the start of every chapter made me excited when I recognized it, and desirous to read the book if I hadn’t. I also learned that reading aloud can be dangerous. Haha just kidding. It’s utterly magical.

When I re-read any Harry Potter book, it makes me excited to share adventure and the passion to learn and read with my kids when they get a little older! Also that I want a wand. Badly.

So my latest read is speaking to me about writing. The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern, is an amazing book!

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It’s quite easily the best book I’ve read in a very long time. Erin's use of third person present tense while writing is spellbinding. Yes, I know it’s used so frequently of late that it has become a little cliché but it is actually difficult to write a story that is set in a time period in the past, and make you feel like it is still happening all around you, therefore making you extremely invested in what is coming in the next sentence, paragraph, and page.

No, my takeaway from this magical book is not that I am going to follow the group mentality and start writing in the same way. (Not that doing this is a bad thing, if it works for you and what you’re writing then you go for it!) Not my style. (And that’s okay too.) My thoughts today come from the end of the book when a couple of the characters are having a conversation on the importance of storytelling.

All authors are storytellers and we want our story to have impact upon our readers. We want others to love our book so much that they quite literally have a literary hangover when the last page is turned. Definitely difficult to do, which is why not every book out there is a national bestseller. Books that do accomplish this status often leave us with a feeling that there must be more to life than the mundane and make us wish we could be a part of a grand adventure. Which is why we escape into books, right?

How am I going to evoke such emotion in others, and make them want to lose themselves in the pages of my novel if I don’t keep working? My ideas are worth sharing, because they speak to me in a way that these books do, I just have to figure out a way to make them speak to you too!

Even if all of us get something different out of it, if we’re all affected in some way, then Mission: Accomplished! So great how we can learn life lessons from books! Even if we never run away to join the circus to learn ours! Although you should definitely run away to The Night Circus for a couple of days! You won’t regret it!

Bookish Adventures: An Introduction

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So you know when someone starts explaining a story to you and then before you can stop them, you realize that they’ve given you all the high points and ruined the story for you? Yeah, me too. I’ve also done it to others. (Gasp!) Granted, it’s been a while since I have. I actually stopped long ago trying to explain books to people because I’m such a detail person that I wind up ruining it for them. And I HATE when someone does that to me. Which is why I will NOT be doing traditional book reviews on my blog. You’ll find that I’m actually not very traditional about a lot of things around here. I have my own way of doing things and I like it like that. (Aren’t recipes made to be tampered with?)  Wait, what was I saying? Oh, right! Book reviews.

My book reviews are going to contain ideas and feelings that the book evokes from me, rather than a traditional synopsis and rating. (Mostly because I hate reading them myself, so why would I write them? Snore!) Just enough for you to see if you think you might like to read it and see what it brings out for you, but not enough to totally ruin the book or put you to sleep.

Books attempt to take us on an adventure in our minds. We’re able to check out of reality and experience new and exciting things. The best authors though, are able to take their book, their suspended reality and implant little ideas into our brain that we can’t quite shake even after the pages are closed. The people that can make those ideas unique for each person that way everyone looks at the book just a little bit differently are the bestest authors. (Yes that’s a word. No, don’t go look it up. Fine. It’s made up! Are you happy?)

My goal in these “Bookish Adventures” I will be sharing with you, is to divulge what I got out of these books. To encourage you to pay just a little bit more attention when you’re reading and see what the book gives to you. To get you just excited enough about the books I’ve read that you want to read them too. And to inspire conversation about these literary gems and the goodies they share with us, because every book has an idea (or two!) to share!