Books I have read recently

  • Shirley by Charlotte Bronte — I'm reading a giant biography of the Brontes "Wild Genius on the Moors" By Juliet Barker (amazing!! but I'll post on that when I finish) So I'm reading each novel as it's discussed in the book. I loved Shirley. I have to agree with the critics that it is a slow painful start and it does take about 150 pages till we meet the title character Shirley. But besides that, it is so well written. Caroline Helstone’s angst is beautiful and poignant. And knowing that the last third of the book was written after Emily & Anne died explains so much about the change in the book. Charlotte likes to fix her world by writing about it and in her version the sick heroine recovers where her sisters did not. I definitely recommend Shirley for the Bronte fan. Don’t skip it.
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas --- It took me a couple chapters to really dive in but after that I was in love. I had read somewhere that it was based on Beauty & the Beast, which is great. What I did not know is that it is a retelling of one of my favorite fairytales: East of the Sun, West of the Moon!!! What a treat when I discovered that. I love that story. It's whimsical and the girl saves the day which I love love love. Sarah does a beautiful job of it and I can't wait for the next one!!
  • Miss Buncle’s Book by D. E. Stevenson —What a little treat. My mom gave these books to me for my birthday and there are so much fun. It’s a light easy read and it made me chuckle.
  • Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder— I adore her soul finder books. I’ve been reading them for years. She builds beautiful strong women and sweeping romance. Her magic system is unique and I want to live in her world.
  • The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr and E. B. White — A must read for every writer. Thanks to Stephen King for the recommendation. It has all those little things that I had questions about and answered them quickly and succinctly. It’s not the funnest read but it’s helpful.
  • Click of Titles to go to the book's Amazon page

Thursday, May 10, 2007

No makeup gray sweatpants

"Even in the darkest phase be it thick or thin, always someone marches brave here beneath my skin."
-- K. D. Lang

There are times when I feel out of place in this world. When things are passing by so fast and I am stalling out. But worse than this is when I am uncomfortable in myself. This may be crazy. I may be the only person who feels this. But moments come where I feel like I don't fit myself. I shrug my shoulders but I don't settle in better. I feel awkward and having lost all my grace, wonder where my place is in this world. It's just a passing phase. Maybe I'm having an identity crisis now that I have no school to consume me for a couple weeks. Hmm who knows. I feel a little bit like Sara when she said " perhaps Emily is more like me than I am like myself." Now I just wish I could find my Emily.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Where you lead, I will follow

I feel my very heart breaking within me...
I don't know what I expected. If I was honest I knew it wouldn't last. But oh I just want a little longer. I will be the first to admit it has been fading lately. The glimmer of laughter has left their eyes. But I never thought I would feel this loss or this emptiness. Jessica said she will have a mourining party with me where we will dress in black and talk really fast using inside jokes.

May 15th 8:00 p.m.

The last new Gilmore Girls episode to air ever.