Monday, June 6, 2016

Breaking the Fast

Work-wise and getting things done - wise, last week pretty much sucked.

However, as I plod along trying to take steps forward in my grief I believe I have turned a corner.

Last week, I read.

I don't mean read news sites and blog posts I mean books.
I don't mean I listened to books--though I am in the middle of a long audiobook and I listened to it.

I mean I read.

Five books in seven days.

Five new books that I have never read before.
Five books that are not written by Nora Roberts.

When my cousin, who lost both of her parents, told me that I would have problems reading, I didn't believe her.  Reading and books are what got me through bad times. To a point it still did. I was reading and rereading the work of Nora Roberts.  When I tried to read new books--I put them down.

Something happened. The dam of my TBR (to be read) pile crashed down and I picked up a new book and finished it. I grabbed another new book and did the same.  If I wasn't with my husband or daughter I was reading, getting lost in words and worlds. I was staying up late reading to find out what happens next. I plan to be reviewing some of the books in later posts, but I can say that the biggest surprise of the books was Trade Me by Courtney Milan.  Mainly because I don't like "New Adult" fiction usually--but this was a massive exception.

Anyone read any really good books lately? Because it seems that now I'm ready to.


  1. glad you are able to read again. there were only a few times that i was unable to read a book, and i am thankful that i got out of those..
    i just finished david mitchell's slade house, which i loved, and am now starting sacred games by vikram chandra, which is a long, earthy read.

  2. This post made me smile :-) I am currently loving the Ben Aaronovitch books (the Rivers of London series). Off to Google Trade Me.

  3. How wonderful. I have had problems with my reading mojo over the last few years, but with my foot in the cast during April and much of May, I also got into reading. I loved Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See, and Richard Flanagan's The Narrow Road to the Deep North (though that can be a harrowing read).

    I'm also just starting Elena Ferrante's trilogy, My Brilliant Friend. My own brilliant friends have raved about this, so I'm really looking forward to it.