I had been planning this week to post another Stack of Books list of reviews on my recent reads, but over the last month I haven’t actually read and finished any books. September has been pretty full with the farmers market, preserving produce, working on stories for an online magazine publication (I’ll let y’all know how that pans out when I hear back from their team), and driving.
Yes, driving. We decided it was time to crack down on getting that license, and lo and behold: I passed. And on my first test, praise the Lord. I still don’t enjoy driving, but at least I can be that much more helpful and self-sufficient around here, and right now that’s good enough for me.
So I haven’t been reading as much as I should and probably could. I’ve been persevering through the Air Awakens series, a fantasy-romance mash-up heavily influenced by Avatar: the Last Airbender, and the story for a while was enough to get me past the romance elements (which I can always do without as a genre), but by chapter seven of book three, which took weeks to get to since opening the book, I finally decided this was a battle, and that I could not win it without some regrets. There are too many stories out there, and I need to learn to pick my battles more wisely. But at least I tried, and there’s merit in that, right?
So I’ve put the books away and moved on. What I began just a few days ago is the second volume in the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. I listened to the first book on audio a few weeks ago and fell in love with the story, characters, and writing style in the way an eggs splats when dropped onto the driveway: totally and completely. It’s a very different experience, reading the book versus listening to it. Both are great, and there’s a certain value that the cadence of a person’s voice gives to the telling of a story, but I feel more immersed and connected when reading the words and giving my full attention to it.
But maybe that’s just because I love words as much as I love the stories those words shape. Some of the names I never would have pronounced correctly had I not listened to the first audiobook, but I am very much enjoying them.
Also, I’ve finally jumped onto that train known as the Stormlight Archive. I found it on audio and realized immediately why it’s so awesome. I mean, who doesn’t love the look and sound and idea of ‘thunderclast’? It gives me goosebumps! The story and world Sanderson has masterminded is so interesting and vast that it makes my writer’s head spin and heart quake at the sheer magnitude of the work that’s gone into it. I’ve not read any of his books before this, but I can easily see why he’s so popular.
With things finally beginning to slow down around here I’m hoping to work in more reading and writing time so that I can have better content to share, and I thank you for bearing with me this summer! I appreciate your support so much.
So what have you all been reading lately? Have you read the Stormlight Archive or Raven Cycle? What did you think of them? I’d love to hear from you!