The trials and tribulations of reading are bountiful and merciless! There are always about 3 to 4 books on my current rotation and of course there is vapid favoritism. One book always ends up on the back burner. Let’s give it up for the back-burner book! Everyone has one or two or fifteen of those books. These are the books you’ve TRIED desperately to read and finish and you just cannot for the life of you read another.single.page. For the better part of the the last two years I have re-read the first 100 pages of Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet. I just cannot break the barrier of the first 100 pages. I like the concept and ideas of the book series but there is some serious mental blockage going on. Another book I cannot get through is Wicked by Gregory Maguire. I desperately want to read these books because I’ve been told by so and so that they are quite good. Honestly and unfortunately they’ll probably stay on the back burner for a while.
I’ve recently discovered the amount of free time I now possess as a postgrad. Rather than watching abundant Netflix or lounging about I am going to do something productive! This productiveness is reading. I miss cuddling up with novel and getting completely lost in its pages. So from this day forth I challenge myself to read more. Since there are 52 weeks to a year obviously I cannot do the 52 book challenge without straining my eyes (and brain). I challenge myself to read a book on or about every week left in this year!
There are many typical things said by and said to a young post-grad. I will not regurgitate those things. Rather, I will indulge you with what things a post-grad is thinking in the modern era.
Since leaving college, my world is opening up further to the possibilities of life. No, I do not have a job currently but I am figuring out and rediscovering a lot of things about myself. Reading is one of those things. With an abundant amount of free time, I started reading again. At first I read a few historical novels about Louisiana, New Orleans and the French Quarter which were fascinating. (The French Quarter by Herbert Asbury; The World that made New Orleans: from Spanish silver to Congo Square by Ned Sublette)
History fascinates me. Everything from the geography of each piece of history to the impressive family lineages detailed throughout history. Throughout my life I find myself reading and rereading the family lineage and intricacies of Henry VIII’s line. It is even bookmarked on my computer. (http://www.britroyals.com/royaltree.htm)
Naturally when I started The Witching Hour by Anne Rice I rejoiced in the combination of history, detailed geography and an impressive lineage. I am completely captivated with the novel when I hold it. I wonder if I can develop enough creativity to make and write about a world of my own invention. A new world takes commitment and such tenacity. I am worried that I would not believe myself or in the world that I create and it would not be believable before it is even written! How did Tolkien devise the Shire, Rowling the wizarding world, Lewis Narnia and/or Anne Rice each secret society? The world within each story is fantastical and a story unto itself!
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