My thoughts on life and reviews on books that are shaping my life. Giving me the opportunity to question, ponder, and answer the big why's, how's, and what if's of my life, those around me, and life itself.
My weekend starts tomorrow, having the day off will help me catch up on my reading and although Saturday and Sunday will be busy days I will have one day to read. What are you all reading this weekend?
I couldn't help but add a few more books to my nightstand book pile. I have been meaning to read Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild for years and this is my chance to cross it off my list. I heard about How To Be A Woman from Emma Watson's Book Club and thought it was an interesting read. I haven't decided which one I will read first but I can't wait to dive in.
March was a very slow reading month for me. With everything that happened (my father passed away due to cancer) it took me a bit to get out of the slump and get into my habitual reading.
Read in March:
The only book I finished reading in March was Unstuffed by Ruth Soukup, I received an ARC from her launch team and I enjoyed being a part of it very much. I especially liked the last few chapters on her book that were dedicated to friendship and relationships.
I am halfway through a few books including Jesus Feminist, One Step at a Time: The Kaizen Way, and The Lightning Thief - the first book from the Percy Jackson series. This month I began reading two more books as shown in the pictures.
New Books: I also acquired a Devotional and a book titled Verdaderamente Bella from a church conference I attended last weekend. I rarely read in spanish so this will serve as practice to my spanish reading skills.
This was a 50/50 for me and I wasn't sure if to give it a 2 1/2 or 3 star rating but decided on giving it a 3. I enjoyed reading this because I learned about Queens that I had never heard about before and this allowed me to do more research on those whom I found interesting. Each woman only gets a one to two page spread so if you are looking for in depth information this is not the book for you. On the bad aspects of it, the flippancy with which this story is told was extremely annoying and there is a condescending tone through out most of the book that I sometimes felt was a little too much. This is a great book to read in short bursts, so if you are looking for that give this try.
I found this book to be of incredible value to me. I love books that make me recognize what I am missing in a particular area of my life and give me insights as to how to improve myself. This book was able to provide me with ways to improve my Spiritual Life and to see where I was failing, I particularly liked the chapter on "Vision".
I was fighting the impulse not to buy any more books today even though the 50% off all books sign was very alluring. I kept telling myself I didn't have much space for more books and then I said aloud 'I am participating in the #readyourowndamnbooks challenge anyways so I should read books that I already own', to which my 10 year old son replies, 'You do realize once you buy them, you will own them and by reading them you are still completing the challenge'. The voice of reason had spoken!! One more book (a few more?) wouldn't hurt, right.
Having read both Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things I recognized most of the quotes in this book. Although some quotes stand well on their own, others lack substance with out the full context of which they speak of. I have read Tiny Beautiful Things more than once and find its raw honesty and wisdom inspiring and although many quotes in Brave Enough are derived from it, here they lack the powerful punch that they possess in Tiny Beautiful Things. That said, this little book is great for reading them at a moment's notice.
In search of the perfect Gothic Novel; a combination of an eerie atmosphere and events, a hauntingly and yet beautiful storyline and suspense. Some of my favorite are The Angel's Game, The Shadows of the Wind, and The Thirteenth Tale. Any suggestions?
Update: Thank you for the replies fellow readers. It is always a great feeling to discover books one would have never known about if not for the help of other enthusiastic readers willing to share their favorite reads.
Me: "I think I should study to be a nurse"
My Son: "Umm no"
Me: "You don't see me as a nurse?"
MS: "Not really, I see you opening a bookstore."
Me: (While giving him a giant kiss on his cheek) "Awww you truly know me, you truly know me."
The moment you are at a very dramatic, intense, climatic moment in a book and then you see this message "your kindle is running out of battery, please charge now", you say 'no' extremely loud, your child runs towards you asking you if you are okay and you sadly reply 'my kindle ran out of battery', he gives you a funny look, and everyone continues on with their routines without understanding the trauma you just experienced. You then get an image in your head of that picture circulating on the internet that says "real books never run out of batteries", you frown and hate it for being right, defeated you put your kindle to charge and begin reading a hardcover book that you are almost done with it and two pages in you are again in the climax of a story and you smile because you will read through it all knowing this book will not run out of batteries.
As I was creating a new reading list of the books that Rory Gilmore read or were mentioned in "Gilmore Girls" I started thinking about book lists. Now, I love book lists; they are fascinating, interesting, and allow us to find books we might not have encountered otherwise. We are being told on a constant basis what to read; the award winners, the Oprah Book Club, the books we should read to be considered well read, the books to read before you turn 25 or 30 or 40, and a myriad of other lists and books we feel we have to read even when we don't want to. I have lists and lists of books I have to read (or so I make myself belief). I peruse book lists on a constant basis and keep adding books to my already long 'tbr' list. I firmly believe in reading what you want. My point is - If you couldn't finish the 25 books you had to read before you turned 25 because of the 2 books on the list you just couldn't get through, it is okay. You shouldn't feel compelled to read a book because someone else told you to, you give it a chance and if you hate it, do not feel like you failed, maybe it is not the right time to read that particular book and if you pick it up in 5 years you will realize that you love it then, maybe it is a book you will cringe at even in 10 years from now and that is okay too. I have found that when I have reader's block it is the lack of reading freedom I give myself that is to blame. I go through my 'to read' lists with automatic precision at times. I now know that when I go through a phase such as this the best thing I can do is shed the lists and shed my expectations of my reading goals, I pick up a random book that catches my attention, I do no know if I will like it, I do not know if I will hate it, it wasn't on my list, it wasn't a recommendation, I didn't read the reviews before I picked up, and I simply read it. It is a freedom we sometimes forget we have. As the quote that follows aptly puts it, read what you want. As a side not from me I remind you to not forget to read for yourself.
"Read widely, and without apology. Read what you want to read, not what someone tells you you should read."
— Joyce Carol Oates.