Books and Difficult Times

In times of great difficulties books can help you feel at home. A good book can make you forget about the terrible things happening for a short while. They transport you to somewhere far away, were the characters problems outshine yours for a little while. So during this turbulent time I urge you to pick up a old trusted book and lose yourself for a few hours. Let the story pour into your soul and help wash away the turmoil for a little while. Tonight I will pick up This Lullaby By: Sarah Dessen and forget for a little while. What are some books that you turn to when this world gets ot be too much?

A Broken Heart

*I am aware I haven’t posted lately. I’ll be honest and say it was the farthest from my mind with the way my summer went. I am going to try and be more active, but I find with the terrible events that continue to plague the world, I find myself farther and farther away from the internet, because I just can’t handle the hatred, death and destruction that is everywhere. I’m in no way putting my head in the sand, but I just needed a break for my heart. Besides a family tragedy, I am also seeing so much hurt to so many people I know. My home, these towns that I am in all the time have had several terrible events, from a tornado, to a small child being murdered, to a long past mystery being solved, and most recently, last night, a mass stabbing that put a mall on lock down for hours. I am having a terrible “that could have been me” moment today, as I had been planning to go to the mall that day, but changed my mind at the last moment. I know I am not alone in that feeling, as my Facebook feed has been blowing up with it in the past twenty-four hours. What do we do in a time like this? When everything we knew is crumbling to the ground? What can we take comfort in, when we feel like something can happen to you at any moment? I know that this initial shock will wear off, and we will move forward. We have to. I refuse to live in a fear induced haze that will take me down. I refuse to let the anger win. I refuse to let the hatred wreck my heart. I refuse to stand on the wayside while life continues, because of fear at what has and will happen. I refuse. I refuse. I refuse. Life does go on. We get stronger. We build ourselves up again. We wear our pain, and in that pain we draw on others strength and love. I want to be able to be one someone draws strength from. But to do that I must get up. I must go on myself. I must be better than I was yesterday, and be more tomorrow than I am today. I will be that person. We will be those people. But while the pain is still so fresh, the fear still so evident, I will give my heart a break. I will take tonight to hold my friends and family close. I will pray for those who have been affected by these tragedies the most. Tomorrow I will try to make the world a better place, tomorrow I will move forward. Because tomorrow is a new day. Please for me tonight , hold your loved ones close. Look at the beauty in the world, not just the pain. Find a reason to love instead of hate. For me, please.

To Read List

Hi all! I recently started compiling my summer-to-read-list…. and it’s at 95 books, not including many that I have purchased and have sitting in piles at home! Since I am well aware that I can’t read 95 books in one summer (though I am going to give it the good ole college try!) my idea is to keep adding as I find things I want to read. This may make book shopping easier on those days when I want a book, but nothing is catching my eye. For those who understand my issue, this quote I found on Pintrest may just ring true to you as well…

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Read on good friends, read on.

Books, Books and More Books

Hey y’all! I know it’s been a while since I have been on, and I am sorry. I was so busy that I fell out of sorts with anything that had to do with fun. No books, at all, were read during this time. I am sad about that. But, guess what? I am officially on summer break! Woooohooo!!! (Technically I am taking 2 courses this summer, 1 at a time, but whose counting?!?! More time for reading!!) Which brings me to updating you on my current reading! I am finishing the Goddess Wars series by Kendare Blake. I am so thrilled to finally have time to enjoy this book! I am roughly 1/2 way through and if I continue my reading rate I will finish tomorrow night! Super excited!

Lets chat! What are you reading?

Current Read Sunday

Hey all! So I failed miserably at the read-a-thon. I only read 45 pages šŸ˜¦ I am very sad about that. But it’s ok, I have learned what I need to do to be successful at a read-a-thon… and that includes planning better.

But any who, on to my Current Read Sunday post!

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The second in the Goddess War trilogy, this book has amazing aspects of Mythology in it, which I love! I started this when I started the read-a-thon, but I never got to finish it. So I am now! I can’t wait to finish and read the third book!

Lets chat! What is your current read??

I knew I forgot something…..

Just kidding! I never forgot this! I just did not have anything fun and new or interesting to post about!! Life has been crazy busy, and very eventful lately. This does not make for a good time to read šŸ˜¦

But that is all about to change because I am super excited to announce that I am participating in a read-a-thon! I have never done one, so I am super excited to do it! This one is done by Shannon @leaninglights and it’s called #TBRTakedown3.5

Check out the intro video for it!

I am working on coming up with my list so look for a post tomorrow on that!! šŸ˜€

Let’s chat! Have you ever done a read-a-thon? What’s on your to be read pile??

Current Reading Sunday

Not much to update on my current reading Sunday, since I haven’t started my book yet šŸ˜¦ Homework and other obligations add up to no reading time. But, since my birthday was at the end of last month and I haven’t had a chance to get myself a gift yet (yes, I buy myself birthday gifts, because if I don’t love myself, why would anyone else? And I deserve nice things too!!). I decided instead of buying a new book at full price, to take the amount I would have and go to a used book site that I have had good luck with (look for a book site post this coming week!!) and ordered myself about 5 books for the same price! I am extremely happy with my haul!

Your turn- What are you reading today??