SoCS – Storytelling and History

The book I’m currently reading is “A Feast for Crows” by George R.R. Martin.  It doesn’t really inspire happy thoughts does it?

The first thing that really came to mind was the quote from the book that I texted to my sister because I knew she would find it interesting, if nothing else.  “I prefer my history dead.  Dead history is writ in ink, the living sort in blood.”  I found the quote so interesting and so did she.  It makes me think every time I read it, but it especially makes me think of my sister and her chosen profession.

She majored in history, which I found to be rather odd.  I always hated history in school, but now that I’m thinking about it, I think I disliked it because the teachers always made us remember dates and significant events.  I think if they’d focused more on the amazing stories, I probably would have found more to peak my interest.

My sister is currently working on a project for the university she works for.  She is interviewing World War II veterans and they are compiling everything they can get their hands on.  I somehow found myself in the middle of this project because they needed help transcribing the interviews and I rather flippantly told my sister I could type pretty fast and I could “totally do that”, even though it’s not something I’ve ever done.  Honestly, it was just one of those conversations you have while drinking and talking at a party, but you never really think anything is going to come of it.

However, two days later, I had one of those interviews and I was transcribing it so I could show them and myself how fast I was.  I suppose I didn’t do too badly because they are sending more my way.

The whole point is, though, that I thought I would hate listening to the interviews, but I actually found it so interesting.  This wasn’t a matter of random facts that I had to memorize in school; this was another human being who laughed and talked about his time in the army.  I’m starting to realize that maybe history isn’t such a bad thing and I’ve always turned my nose up at it for all the wrong reasons.

I mean, some of my favorite things are basically about history, like Hamilton (although I realize that is only based on historical events) and some of the podcasts I’m listening to.  If you really break it down, though, it’s about storytelling, and that is exactly what I love.

Happy Saturday everyone!


Stream of Consciousness Saturday  is hosted by Linda G Hill.  Today’s prompt is “book title.” Take the title of the book you’re currently reading or the one sitting closest to you when you’re ready to write your SoCS post and base your post on the title only.

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SoCS – Picking Different Genres

Isn’t it strange how time has a way of changing things?  I suppose “time” isn’t really the culprit; it’s life and your experiences and all the things that happen during that time.  When my hubby and I moved into our new house in December, I was so excited to finally clear out my storage unit and have all my “things” around me that had been stored away for so long.  The things I was most excited about were my books.

I couldn’t wait to open up those boxes and start putting those books on the shelf, but when I started doing it, I realized that many of the books didn’t hold any appeal for me now.  I’m not much of a hoarder, so I made the almost immediate decision to get rid of those books I was no longer interested in.  In some cases, I was able to give them away, but a great majority of them went to the used book store I sometimes frequent.

The saddest part about it is that my bookshelf is rather bare at this point.  Not only did I start to pick different types of books in the last few years, but I also went through a very short phase where I bought some ebooks.  I realized quickly enough that I was more of an actual book person – there are books I own on iBooks and Kindle that I really wish I had in hard copy.

The reason I’m thinking about all of this is because I was so excited for our friend, Linda, and her new book, that I went out and bought it last week and am currently reading it.  I realized pretty quickly that this would have been just my type of book about ten years ago, but the genre is not something I would gravitate towards now.

All that being said, I’m thoroughly enjoying it and almost didn’t make it down here to post my SoCS because I’m pretty sure I can finish that today if I really put my mind to it.   It’s so much fun to see a fellow blogger having success with a book release and it gives me hope that I can one day put my head down and write a full length book of my own.

I’m also realizing that, even though I’m picking different types of books now, it’s fun to read a book that brings back the nostalgia of the genres I used to read.  Perhaps I should keep my choices more open and not limit myself to specific types of genres.  You never know, you just might find the “gold” you were searching for and didn’t even realize it!

Happy Saturday everyone and happy reading!


Stream of Consciousness Saturday  is hosted by Linda G Hill.  Today’s prompt is “ick“.

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JustJoJan Day 12 – Books and Romance

I’m not sure when I started reading romance novels, but I was youngish.  Don’t worry.  They were pretty “vanilla” romance novels.  I moved on to more “hardcore” romance novels in my twenties and then, I’m not sure when or why it happened really, but one day I realized I just didn’t enjoy them anymore.

I was going through all my books that have been in storage for three years, and ended up making a huge pile of books to give away.  I also made a list of books I realized I don’t have but actually need and want.  I guess I don’t actually need them… but in a way I really do.

There’s just something about seeing a full bookcase, isn’t there?  I don’t walk downstairs very often, but I did yesterday, and I ended up doing a double-take at the books on the shelf.  I love books and reading.  It gives me a tingly feeling just thinking about it.

I definitely need to make more time to read.

I’m just realizing that some of these Just Jot It January posts are like SoCS for me.  I honestly went into this one thinking it was going to be about romance and love and having that tingly, butterfly feeling for my Fiance (still), but then books sort of took over the day and I’m not sure I can turn it around at this point.

I do think that romance novels warped my idea of love as a kid.  It’s not that they were all lighthearted and fluffy, but they made it seem like love was something that I don’t think it actually is.  I’m also starting to realize that many of the novels I read were actually more about abuse rather than love.  Isn’t that sad?

I read Fifty Shades of Grey and the only reason I finished the whole series was because I wanted to see if Ana would come to her senses and leave Christian.  That isn’t love, folks, and it drives me nuts that they are marketing the movies as a love story.  I’m also remembering a “love” story I read once about a guy who kidnaps a woman he “loves”, rapes her repeatedly and she ends up “falling in love” with him.  Now that I’m thinking about it, I can’t even believe I thought that was good!  Granted, I was in my teens and sadly, abuse is what I knew.

Anyway, this post is going downhill pretty fast.

I’m not saying all romance novels are about abuse or that they are all bad.  I’ve read some really good ones that I would probably read again.  But, I’ve found new reading passions and I’ve finally found that person who walks beside me every day and makes each day that much brighter because he is a part of it.


Just Jot It January is hosted by Linda G. Hill.  Today’s prompt, warning, is brought to us by Tessa at Always a Writer.

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SoCS – A Novel Idea

As many of you know, we’ve been in the process of selling our townhouse and buying a house that is bigger and fits our needs better.  I honestly came to dislike so many things about the process, but the biggest one was showing our townhouse.  It is so weird to think that strangers are walking through your house.  It also became difficult to figure out where to go sometimes.  You can’t always go to a restaurant and eat, but there just aren’t that many places to hang out for an hour or two.

One night, it was just me and my youngest son and I had the novel idea to go to the library.  It was quiet and I was able to get in some good reading time.  I also made the amazing discovery that my son loves to read.  (I already knew it, but it was startlingly clear once it became an actual “thing”)

We’ve been to the library many times since to hand in books and check out new ones.  For the most part, Andru was checking out Manga, but on our last trip to the library, he realized that the series he was reading didn’t have any new books.  He walked over there for a few minutes, but then he was back with me.  I was so surprised when he said he wanted to check out a “real” book.

So, I asked him what kind of books he wanted to read and we discovered that we have the same taste in books.  I found a book I thought he’d like and then we talked about books all the way home.  At one point he turned to me and said, “Mom, I had no idea you had so many books.”

I was shocked.  “Don’t you remember my book case at the house when I lived there?”

“Well, yeah, but I didn’t realize they were yours.”  (I don’t think those were his exact words, but pretty close.)

I told him I was the girl who always had a book in her hand when I was his age.  I walked home from school reading a book; I sat at my locker and read books before school and in between classes; I lost sleep reading books.

He admitted he did the same things and we laughed and shared a pretty special moment in the car.  It’s always fun to realize you share something in common with your kids.  Adelle and Jaxon love music and we share that love with each other.  Andru likes music too, but not in the same way as the other two, so it was fun to realize I can now share my books and my love of books with my son.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G. Hill. “Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “novel.” Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!” Feel free to click the link and join us in our stream of consciousness writing.

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Teaser Tuesday – The Good Guy

I’m not sure how I’ve found the time to read, but I have and I decided to share with all of you.  I actually just finished this book over the weekend and I have to tell you that Dean Koontz does not disappoint.

The Good Guy

I used to read books for the stories.  I still do, but since I started writing, I also notice writing style and story composition.  I consider Koontz to be in a league of his own.  I’ll be reading along and suddenly he writes prose so beautiful that I have to stop and read it again.  It fits the story, but somehow it doesn’t at the same time.  I also managed to look up five or six words that I didn’t know.  I always feel pretentious when I use a “big” word, but he manages to fit them in so smoothly that you think you’ve always read those words.

I always wonder how anyone can write from the perspective of the killer, but Koontz makes it seem so easy.  He is also a master at creeping me out.  Anyway, The Good Guy is yet another Dean Koontz novel that I highly recommend.

The teaser is from page 249.  I hope you enjoy.

“Sorrow is not a raven perched persistently above a chamber door.  Sorrow is a thing with teeth, and while in time it retreats, it comes back at the whisper of its name.”


Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Jenn at Books and a Beat.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser Tuesday – Blackbirds

I’m still making my way through the audio book from last week and loving every second of it.  So, this week will be a teaser from a book I read a few years ago.  I think I’ve said this before, but I really enjoy going through the list of books I’ve read on Goodreads.  I know it’s not an all-inclusive list of everything I’ve read in my lifetime, but it’s a pretty good one.

The one that flashed out at me was Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig.  As you know, I sometimes follow his flash fiction challenge and one day I realized I hadn’t read anything he’d written.   I’m happy I decided to pick this one up.  I enjoyed the story immensely, and I especially loved how Wendig told it in such a fascinating way.  I love strong female characters, even if strong means something a little different in this one.  Miriam didn’t always make the choices I would have made, but she’s a survivor and that I could relate to on many levels.

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This is the first book in a series, but it’s a good one.  I read them all in about a month or less and I would highly recommend all three.  Granted, I realize it isn’t for everyone, but if you like it gritty, dark and tell-it-like-it-is humor with quite a bit of cussing, then you should totally go for it.

I pulled the quote from Goodreads since I don’t have the book handy.  I hope you enjoy!

“Way she sees it, people fall into one of two categories: those who think their death is imminent, and those who figure they have long, healthy lives ahead of them. Nobody ever thinks it’s somewhere in-between.”


Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Jenn at Books and a Beat.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser Tuesday – Mr. Mercedes

Remember the last time I was talking about how I never have time to read?  I think I finally found a solution.  I’m not sure if it will entirely replace reading in my life, but at least it’s filling in the gap for now.

I discovered Audible and listening to books rather than reading them.  Do you realize how many hours we waste just driving?  My drive is a half hour each way to work and sometimes longer depending on traffic.  Now I can fill that time with words and stories rather than getting pissed off at idiotic drivers.  I also realized it was something to do while I crochet rather than trying to “watch” television.  I’m not so good that I can’t watch my hands, so I realized I was missing a lot while I was busy crocheting.

It is rather expensive, but if it’s something I will use, I will consider it worth it.  Besides, the first book is free, so why not give it a try?

The first book I downloaded was Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King.  I’m enjoying King’s writing style (as usual) and the chilling look into the killer’s mind.  I’m not very far into it, but it is exciting and intense and I can’t wait to get into my car every morning so I can listen to it.

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Since I don’t have page numbers to go by, I will let you know that this quote comes from the tale end of Chapter 14.  I hope you enjoy!

“What he knows now is that guilt isn’t the only reason people commit suicide.  Sometimes you can just get bored with afternoon TV.”


Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Jenn at Books and a Beat.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser Tuesday – Serafina and the Black Cloak

As I’ve mentioned, my son recommended this book to me.  I don’t know about you, but sometimes it’s nice to read something different for a change; something you wouldn’t necessarily pick up on your own.  But, I really had no choice.  My son was so excited about this book and wanted to share the experience with me so much that I just had to pick it up.  And I’m not sorry I did.

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Serafina is a lovable character and I can’t get enough of her untamable spirit.  I’m only about half way through, but I’m really enjoying the story.

When I looked up Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty on Goodreads, I noticed (“Serafina #1”) next to the title.  Do you know what that mean?  That means it isn’t the only Serafina story!  I’m wondering if my son knows that?  I’m thinking I need to tell him, but that just means I will need to make a trip to the bookstore.  *Sigh

My quote is from Page 71.  I hope you enjoy!

“As soon as they were gone, she climbed down and checked the area to the right of the fireplace to make sure she’d be able to find the concealed door if she ever needed it.  A concealed door could be a very useful thing to a girl of her particular occupation.”


Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Jenn at Books and a Beat.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

SoCS – Books, books and more books!

With a prompt like this, how can I not just talk about it in the literal sense.  I love books!  I love reading.  I’d probably have more to talk about if I was doing more reading, but I promise, I have lots of experience.

It’s not like I haven’t tried to read books this year.  It just seems that every one I pick up, I have a hard time finishing.  I’ve posted probably three books on Goodreads that are still “In Progress” and I’m not sure I have any intention of finishing them, which is hard for me to admit because it takes quite a lot for me to give up on a story.  But I know there is one book that’s been sitting “In Progress”  for maybe two years?  Haha, or maybe it’s just a year.  I’m afraid to look…

At this point, I’m thinking it’s safe to just take that book off my Goodreads.

I’m currently reading a book that was recommended by my youngest son.  He was so excited about it that I just had to give it a go.  It is very easy reading, but I’m enjoying the story quite a lot and it’s nice to take a break and read some… what would you call them?  Younger stories?  I really dislike calling them that…  but it’s hard to know how to classify them sometimes.

I love reading books, but I also love books.  I believe I’m in an “older” category, though, now that books are digitally available.  At least I am reading some digitally now, where before I said I would never!  But you should never say never, especially with all of the technological advances that are happening these days.

I just can’t get past the feel of a book in my hands.  Turning the pages… having the book fall out of my hands and thump into my lap when I accidentally fall asleep reading it.  It’s not as fun when it’s your phone.  I also love turning that last page and closing the book for the last time.  There’s something so satisfying about it that just isn’t the same when it’s a swipe of your finger and it’s all over.

I was just sitting here thinking that I miss looking at my bookcase with all the books sitting there… I remember I used to look at them and remember the stories and get lost in the remembering.  That still happens when I look through my Goodreads history, but it’s just not the same.  It makes me sad to think of those poor books stuffed in a box sitting in a storage unit.  I’m thinking I might need to do something about that… perhaps the dining table can go so I can stare at my books…

There’s nothing wrong with that, is there?


This post is part of Stream of Consciousness Saturday hosted by Linda G. Hill.  Today’s prompt was “book.” Use any meaning of the word as your theme, or simply mention the word “book” in your post. Enjoy! Please feel free to click the link and join in the fun.

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Teaser Tuesday – Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey

 

Have you ever sifted through your Goodreads list?  I didn’t start doing it until I was determined to follow Teaser Tuesday every week.  And as much as I want to read way more than I am right now, I’m enjoying the trip down memory lane and sifting through the amazing books I’ve had the opportunity to read.

Santa Olivia (Santa Olivia, #1)

Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey is no exception.  I love the world Carey created and the story she told of a somewhat super hero.  Loup Garron is one of those characters you fall in love with and have a hard time letting go of when the book ends.  It was a little slow in places, but overall, it was a fantastic read and I highly recommend it.

For my Teaser, I had to turn to Goodreads and I’m using one of only two quotes posted there – the other one was only one very short sentence.  I should apologize, but I’m not going to because it really paints a picture of the book and what you’ll find in it.  I hope you enjoy!

“Hear, hear.’ Sister Martha hoisted her water glass. ‘Let the rigid stick of self-righteousness be dislodged from her very uptight ass.’
Father Ramon coughed.
‘A-fucking-men,’ Loup supplied helpfully.”
Jacqueline Carey, Santa Olivia

 


Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Jenn at Books and a Beat.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!