Anticipated Reading

Anticipated Reading

So for the most part of this year I have been more in touch with reading.  Like I have said before in a previous entry,  my time to really sit down and read has been limited but I have really put more effort into this year, taking whatever time I DO have to read whatever is on my pending reading list. I even bought a couple of books just so I have something on my ebook reader and it will make me want to read and not waste my money by it just sitting there.  Plus, that ebook reader was a gift from my husband for Mother’s Day because he knew that I used to love reading so much and he wanted me to continue that passion.  I love him so much.  In turn for Father’s Day, I bought him one too!  He was never normally a reader but over the years he started reading more and found the joy of being engulfed in a book!  He even read more books than me at one point and I was hilariously quite surprised by it.  So why not share in that passion together?  I got him his Kobo e-reader and he was so excited and happy when I put a couple of books in there that he had been wanting to read for quite some time.

I had set myself a goal for this year to read at least four books by the end of the year.  I know it doesn’t seem like much AT ALL in comparison to avid readers out there but I wanted to set a realistic goal for myself knowing that my time to read is limited.  Now, not only did I read four books, I surpassed it by three books so SEVEN books in total!!  Now, mind you, a couple of them were Audiobooks but it’s still a win for me because it’s still books that I never would otherwise have been able to read.  Read more

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Among The Thorns

Among The Thorns

I finished a quick little novella last night I wanted to share it. “Among the Thorns” by Veronica Schanoes is a retelling of an old Brothers Grimm fairytale, The Jew In The Thorn.

I came across this while searching for fairytale related books because I’ve always been a fan of fairytales. I enjoy all versions, especially the darker toned ones.  This is probably why I was drawn to this one.  A tale of a girl who vowed revenge for the brutal death of her beloved father?  Who doesn’t love a good revenge story.

They made my father dance in thorns before they killed him.  I used to think that this was a metaphor, that they beat him with thorny vines, perhaps.  But I was wrong about that.

They made him dance.

Like I said, this is a novella so it was a very very short read.  I kind of wished that it was longer just for the sole selfish reason that I wanted her vengeance to be more fulfilling, detailed, in-depth, and exceptionally executed.  Regardless, it was a satisfying tale of revenge that made me say, “this girl is BAD ASS”.  It’s not just about revenge though.  It also depicts the attributes of love, family, loyalty, greed, prejudice, ignorance and how all those things intertwine with each other leading to dire results, naturally.  The ending was swift but sweet and I very much enjoyed it more than I thought I would!

Curl Up with A Blanket

Curl Up with A Blanket

The title says just that. I want to curl up with a blanket in this cold weather with a hot cup of coffee and read.  I have to say, that is one of the things I miss most about having some extra free time.  My free time is only at nights when my son is asleep and by that time, I just want to sleep.

I miss reading a good book though.  I still get to read once in a while but I can’t fully engage myself in a book because I just always end up dozing off.  I am in the middle of 3 or 4 current books at the moment and each are equally good that it’s hard to concentrate on just one.  I am trying to find my specific tastes in books and I have to say it’s not that easy.  My mind wants to be open to numerous genres and that’s probably a good thing.

I also started listening to audiobooks since I have longer commutes to and from work and honestly, that’s helped a lot.  It’s not just the story that makes a good book but when it comes to audiobooks in particular, the narrator makes A BIG DIFFERENCE.  Read more