Life’s Too Short to Read Bad Books

Or drink bad wine, unless that’s the only kind you can get and even then sometimes it’s better to just go sober. My mom posted on Facebook the other day that she was trying to get through Grapes of Wrath because it’s one of those books you “should” read. Lots of people chimed in with how much they loved the book, what a classic it was, etc. I said that no matter how good it was, if she wasn’t enjoying it she shouldn’t waste her time. Who knows how long we have on this earth to spend doing things we love, including reading? I have my fingers crossed that heaven is like a huge library but I’m not counting on it. It’s like eating well. Lots of folks will tell you that you “should” eat broccoli, but if it’s not your thing you can actually get the same nutrients from a vegetable you enjoy. Thanks to indie publishing, there is a truly limitless supply of reading material out there. I download quite a few free/99 cent books in the hopes of finding new authors to support. I also give up on them if the first few pages don’t grab me. Sometimes this is a quality issue, sometimes it’s a not-my-vegetable issue. But whether it’s a classic, bestseller, newbie author or whatever, I don’t have the time for stuff I don’t enjoy. So unless your teacher is forcing you, just put the book down. You probably won’t be on your deathbed lamenting all of the books you “should” have read. You’ll be frantically trying to get through all the books...

Book Review: “A Hint of Frost” by Hailey Edwards

A Hint of Frost by Hailey Edwards Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. Publication Date: April 17, 2012 Amazon Description “Araneae Nation, Book 1 When the head of the Araneidae clan is found poisoned in her nest, her eldest daughter, Lourdes, becomes their clan’s new maven. If her clan is to survive, she has but one choice: she must marry before her nest is seized. All she needs is a warrior fierce enough to protect her city and safeguard her clansmen. Such a male is Rhys the Cold.” My Review My impression of  this book from a scan of the description and reviews was that it was pure fantasy with a romantic thread. I found it more of a romance set in a fantasy world. I do not agree with the comparison to Game of Thrones by Heroes and Heartbreakers, but I did enjoy the story. The prose is beautiful without being distracting; the writing drew me into the story instead of pulling me out to admire the sentence construction. The heroine, Lourdes, was easy to like and I quickly rallied to her cause. The rest of the characters were drawn with skill and depth, although there was a bit of a disconnect between her siblings’ behavior and the freshness of their parents’ deaths. In some ways, it felt like the deaths had happened awhile ago, allowing for humor and casualness to return to the demeanor of the older brothers, rather than the sobriety implied by the immediacy of such recent grief. The world-building was solid if basic. The concept of the Araneae Nations is unique and intriguing. By...

Talking Books at Perception Studios

Shannon Wilkinson wrote a great love letter to books in this post, which you should check out. Here’s my response to what books have had the greatest influence on me: I wanted to respond to this yesterday but allergies have had my brain fuzzy and operating at very low capacity. This is a great topic for discussion, though, so I’m going to try and participate. “Pawn of Prophecy,” by David Eddings, was my gateway drug into the world of fantasy in 5th grade. I learned the true power of how books provide a much-needed escape from the real world. To this day, there’s nothing like a good fantasy book to heal whatever ails me. “A Path to Love,” by Deepak Chopra, helped me heal from a few broken hearts and learn to see love for what it really is. Alright. Back to my date with a box of...