Awwwww the joy of reading, it has consumed the last few weeks of my life so completely that I have written barely anything, let alone worked on my story. I made the mistake of stopping by my public library. How I work when I go into a library of any kind is; I go through the aisles and pick up anything that either has a good title or an interesting looking title, I very rarely actually read the inside flap to find out what any one book is about and I pick up about 20, the limit per visit being 25. And of course since I got the books at the library, where they have a due date, I feel pressured to read them faster so as to finish them all on time, because I absolutely hate turning them in late (for what if someone is waiting for that book?) So I neglected my cleaning, I neglected my dishes and laundry, I neglected everything in my life except for my son, and that’s mainly because Theo loves it when I read out loud to him.
Since I’ve turned most of them in I don’t remember all I read. But I remember “Crossing stones,” which was a beautifully written war story of sorts. It was not quite war literature. It followed two families that lived across a creek from each other. One family had 2 children, a boy and a girl, while the other family had three children two girls and a boy. Their parents paired them off into perfect couples, until the two sons joined the army and were shipped overseas to Europe. The main character, the oldest girl, is a feminist and hates the war, doesn’t know how she feels about her arranged marriage, and is mad at him for leaving her without a choice. I strongly suggest this book to anyone who loves beautiful prose.
“Once a Witch” takes things down a bit into a fun world where there are two families at war with each other over the powers of nature. It follows the main character Tamsin through her 17th year, as she comes to terms with her great powers, powers that she wasn’t even aware that she had for her family had kept them secret from her, and for a good reason, for it is her powers that could bring the whole family crashing down around her ears. Wow I just realized that I kinda sound like one of those book reviews that are on the cover of the books, “...riveting, thrilling, a must read…” I’m really not meaning to do that.
So I’m not going to list all the other amazing books that I read and describe them to you. I am simply going to say that “The sign of the raven” was good, the ending left me breathless, “Poisoned honey” was an interesting look at the life of Mary of Magdala and “Aria of the Sea,” kept me reading continuously from the time I picked it up to the time I finished it, which was half a day. And those are just the books that I can remember off the top of my head. Not to say that the other books that I read weren’t memory worthy, just I don’t remember them right now.
Hopefully by the next time I blog, since I’ve fallen short of my goal to blog at least once a week, I will have worked at least a little bit on my story and have something to say about it in the way of actually writing, which should be easier since I no longer have any books from the library to distract me.