After reading 2.5 books of the Game of Thrones series and realizing that I had read a bigillion pages and there are now going to be at least 7 books, I decided to stop reading them. It wasn’t the length that made me stop or the plot. The reason I kept reading was because I wanted to know what happened at the end. I wanted to know who lived, who died, who got married, who won the war, who was going to reign as king. What stopped me from reading one more page is that I can’t take the explicit detail of the characters’ personal lives. I can take the blood and guts, but the personal stuff…it is just not worth dodging it to find out what happens at the end of the books. SO, if anyone wants to share any details with me, please feel free to do so as my curiosity still begs to know how the whole series concludes. The real kicker is that these books make me uncomfortable and they are considered juvenile fiction. There is not one juvenile who should be allowed to come within 10 feet of these books in my opinion. I may be old fashioned, but I do not understand why a talented author with a great plot has to add unnecessary details to an already exceedingly long series of books. George R.R. Martin is talented and has a good plot, but he also has a very vivid imagination that I do not need to be a part of. Oh well, onto the next book…
I finally finished The Clash of the Kings by George R.R. Martin. Summer has proven to not assist me in reading or dieting or exercising…or blogging. I have completely fallen into the “lazy days of summer.” That statement is a bit humorous as we are always on the go…but the schedule disappeared and I took a long break from reading. Alas, “The Clash” is now completed. After about 1600 pages of reading (book 1 and 2) I am still eager to read the next parts of the saga. There are 3 more books to go…at least until more are added. 😉 It is moving faster now that all the characters, their quirks and the plots are set. I have to say I like them, and don’t mind skipping the pages that are unnecessary (crude, lude, etc). I still have not watched the series and have no intention to, but have begun this journey and want to see how it ends.
I am working through the Narnia series with my children and we are now on the Dawn Treader. It is great, of course. Aren’t all Narnian books? I don’t know if I can honestly say any are as good as the first, but they are all great reading opportunities for the family.
The kids’ devotional also encouraged us to read the book of Esther together. (Since we began the Narnia series we have had many discussions on the Bible being truth and fact, while other stories are fiction.) We just began reading a chapter a day and are on chapter 3 (of Esther). I have decided to read a chapter a day as part of school, so after Esther is done we will choose another book of the Bible to walk through. I like reading the chapters to the kids, because it forces me to think about each word and explain the context more thoroughly than if I am just reading it to myself.
I am slowly working my way through The Power of a Woman’s Words, by Sharon Jaynes, which is a great reminder…daily…of how I should hold my tongue.
And those are our reading updates for the moment… 😉
The Kitchen House, by Kathleen Grissom, is a book of tragedy. It is a fiction piece, that could easily be reality in the given era. It tells of slavery of many kinds. Though it is so sad, and most of the time hope does not prevail, you see hope in the little things. You believe in the friendships and family, the looking out for one another and obedience. I suppose it ends on a good note, but so much bad happened to every character, it is not an easy statement to make. However, those left at the end were survivors, were free and had the knowledge of unconditional love from their fellow survivors. That is no small thing in which to hope.
I flew through this book and was quite impressed with it. So much was left unfinished at the end, I wonder…will there be a sequel?
I just finished this fiction book written by Francine Rivers. She can write! I was drawn in. The first few pages made me second guess the recommendations I received and then…I was sold! A long book which is hard on the busy mom…I want to read it more than time allows, but I did read it all, loved it, and am ready to start the second book in the series. Rivers is an incredible writer. Her descriptions and imagination are skillfully tied in with facts of the time period. Through the whole book her main character is a reminder of how we need to live. She is strong in her faith, humble and full of respect. I highly recommend this book.
I finished this book this morning. It was a good read…the author wrote very well! I enjoyed learning a bit of history through this historical fiction story. I know not everything was completely accurate, but many things are glimpses of the time period. Anyone who can make history entertaining gets my vote. 🙂
Because I am who I am, I wasn’t necessarily a fan of the love story. Admittedly I am not one who likes love triangles (I know that takes away a lot of books). This was not exactly a love triangle, but still, the main character held onto a former flame throughout his marriage. My romantic heart wants him to love only one all his life. I am going to choose to believe that he loved his wife so much that he chose her even though he had memories of a past…but I know that in the story he really loved them both. Many romantics find that romantic, but I still like the one and only love stories.
My opinion doesn’t change that the book is well-written, a good story, and recommended.