Thursday, November 6, 2014

Teen Books and Maturity




**DISCLAIMER** 
I debated for quite awhile about whether to post this because I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings.  Finally I had my teenage daughter read it and she doesn't think it should upset the teens in the audience so with her blessing, here goes...

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sequels... the good, the bad, etc.




There are some books that when you finish you can’t WAIT to read the sequel (and if it isn’t written yet you start to understand my pet peeve a little better).  There are some that you wish intensely for a sequel that will never be (because, even though the story is complete, you just aren’t ready to leave it behind).  And then there are some that have a sequel and yet when you get to the end (no matter how good the story was) you have a completed feeling about the story and have no desire to read the next book.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Is There Truth in Fiction?




This is one of the more interesting premises for a series I have run across in some time.  Set in a post-apocalyptic time it follows the story of a young girl who never knew she was anything but ordinary… come to find out she’s the savior of them all.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Why We Read




Life is busy.  It doesn't matter who you talk to, or how much they try to live simply, if people are honest when you ask "How are you doing?" They will say something along the lines of crazy, hectic or busy at best.   If you are single and live alone, you still have work projects, grocery shopping cleaning, budgeting, etc.  If, like me, you are a mom of school age kids you can add to all that, getting the kids ready for school, helping with homework, volunteering at the school, and THEN if the kids are in a sport or after school activity the list just gets insane. 

So what does this have to do with reading?  

Reading is an escape.  I'm sure you've heard that before, but why?  Is it just because you are transported to another world for a while?  Is it because you get to forget your problems and focus on someone else's for a while?  I think the answer to either of those is yes, but I think they are only partial answers.  I think the real answer goes a little deeper.  See, especially as a woman, there are always at least 5 thoughts rumbling around in our head vying for our attention at any given time.  This is exhausting!  But when you look back at everything we are trying to fit into 24 hours it’s no wonder! 

Because of all that we look for escape.  Some find it in TV or movies, but for me those still leave too much room for multiple thoughts (what’s that car doing in the background, does it have to do with the plot? … why did he just give her that look, is it important?) but in a book you can only read one thought at a time.  Think about it ONE. THOUGHT. AT. A. TIME.  No matter how insanely complex the plot, at best you can read one thought at a time.  I know a lot of people read one word at a time, but let’s say you’re a speed reader… it’s still only one thought at a time.  Either way this is insanely relaxing to the mind.  Instead of trying to think about EVERYTHING on your to-do list at once you can concentrate on the one sentence in front of you.

Yes, you are escaping to another world, and yes you can focus on someone else’s problems but this tiny rest from the hectic pace of our world is, in my humble opinion, one of the things we crave most.  I hope that your reading spurs many quiet ponderings when you look away from the page but even those thoughts are better than to-do lists.

What are your thoughts?  Do you feel that same rest that I do when I pick up a good book?  What do you think of the quote?  Does reading help you in that area?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Mortal Instruments Series



http://www.amazon.com/Cassandra-Clare/e/B004MSU9M0/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1409073125&sr=1-1

Every book has to have a setting, characters and plot... Sorry, but having a daughter in 7th grade doing book reports has to rub off on me a little... So let's start there.  Setting: New York.  Characters: Nephilium, Angels, vampires, werewolves, warlocks, and even the Fairy people (with a few "mundanes" thrown in here and there).  Plot: Shadowhunters/Nephium hunt demons and keep the peace between “Downworlders”, like vampires and werewolves, with lots and lots of battles thrown in (obviously I'm WAY over simplifying, but you get the idea).