Saturday, 20 January 2018

Sunshine on a Winter's Day!

I'm back after quite a long hiatus!
What I only learned a few months ago was that I had been on my way to a burnout. Lack of concentration, trouble finding words, overly emotional, mood swings, more so than just being hangry!
As any true bookworm can relate, one of the many benefits of reading so avidly, is the enriched vocabulary we receive. It's like an added bonus! To have to search for words, to the point where it's hard to formulate sentences to speak, constantly searching for things or constantly forgetting why you got up or what you were doing, it becomes pretty upsetting. I had to repeat words for whatever I had to do. Get some water? "Water, water, water, water, water" was in constant repetition in my mind. If I would enter the kitchen and stop repeating before reaching the sink, I would stop short. "What am I doing here?" "What did I need?" "Where was I going?" These thoughts would plague me. "Where was I, that made me want to come to the kitchen?" I would turn around, lost. It's a scary thought. Thinking you're losing your mind at 36!

I had lost the ability to concentrate, and thus all reading was put on hold. Can't get much reading done when you need to re-read the same sentence over 50 times and still can't catch what was said! I never thought of it much, but if I were to be honest, it felt like my passion for reading had burnt out. Can such a thing be possible?!?
To fill the void, I starting living through my friend's summary of books she was reading, she too is an avid reader and reads quite quickly. I needed it, to give me sustenance.

Unfortunately, burnout happened, and obviously had to be dealt with! It was not pretty, I wouldn't wish it on anybody! Not all stressors are gone yet, but I'm capable of dealing with them. One step at a time. Therapy helped and still helps. Time off work helped. Working on me, giving myself goals to work towards, reading, listening to music, writing, picking up old and new craft projects, seeing friends, saying "no" when I don't feel comfortable or when I feel overwhelmed, doing things that make me happy, travelling, baking, cooking, all these things and so much more! Therapy helps, I can't stress that enough! Therapy, it's talking/crying things out with someone who isn't a friend, or family, but can be trusted, and will listen to you. They don't judge you, they take notes and listen with an open mind, to help you see things from a different perspective. They help you find coping mecanisms, they suggest things and help you in your walk to better yourself, how you feel about yourself, how you see the world around you and how it all affects you.

Now that I'm on the mending path, I've been able to get some reading done! Finally! I feel as though I'm discovering my love for reading all over again! Great memories! New and old! Great stories, and there will be new posts soon of all the books I've read since I've been able to pick up a book and not put it down until it was done!!     

My only quelm now, is which book to read next?                                                                                                                                                             

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Hello and Welcome to my blog!

There isn't much here now, but this should change over the months. I've decided to join the 10th Canadian Book Challenge! I joined last year, but procrastination got the better of me =( 
This year, however, will be different!
I'm sure I'll still procrastinate some, can't change in the blink of an eye, can I? But I've already started my book reviews, so that's a plus! Woot!! =D

What is the Canadian Book Challenge, you ask?

It's a personal challenge to read 13 (or more) Canadian books in a year! These can be books written in Canada, about Canada or by Canadians. You choose which books you want to read, if you want to follow a theme, the genre, etc. 

Once you've read a book, write up a review. It's pretty simple! 

Here's a link to the website hosting the Challenge: The Book Mine Set

And a link to books reviewed thus far: Canadian Book Reviews

The Crashes of Waves by Rebekah Nicole

This book is to be the first in a series. As far as I can see, the sequel has yet to be published, but don't let that stop you from picking up a copy of this little gem. 

If you want a book that steps out of the norms, this is the book for you. 

Leila has a secret. She is unlike any other. The eldest of four daughters, she's been sheltered and home schooled by her parents, her entire life. This is all about to change, for when the summer ends, she will be attending high school. Living with a secret only her family has ever known, she has fears of how others will react if they ever come to discover that she's a mermaid. 

There is a boy who is known as V. He's very social, but never talks about himself, nor his past to anyone. V has a younger brother, Alec, with whom he is very close. They're not related by birth, yet they're inseparable. 

On the first day of school, while waiting for the bus, Leila and V meet. There's an indescribable attraction between them. As time goes on, and they get to know each other, V can't help but feel scared. He knows that soon, he'll have to tell Leila, as well as Alec, about his past. How will they react? More importantly, how will he keep them safe? 

This was a great read! I found myself not wanting to put the book (or in this case, my cell) down. I enjoyed the way the story unfolds, how the author puts mermaids into a different perspective and V's secret. That was a surprise! No scenario I had imagined came close to what that was! 

I found it a bothersome that we didn't discover V's name until the end of his second chapter. I feel that when someone is being introduced, they should first be named and afterwards, we can be told what others usually call them.

Also, I have mixed feelings about the ending. They say their goodbyes and that's it, it just ends. I don't want to say that the ending was rushed, because it didn't feel rushed, but it feels like maybe, it was cut short? I understand there's to be another book, and the story might be resumed there, but I feel like this could have been ended differently. Don't get me wrong, I don't feel that the ending took anything away from the story, I just feel that there could have been more. 

Overall, this is a great story and one that should be read.

If you've read the book, let me know what you think in the comments below. 

A little bit about how I discovered this gem:

Rebekah Nicole is an author I stumbled upon recently. I had been reading a blog and at the end of an entry, she gave a link to her "newly" published book. Newly is relative, the post dated back to 2013. At the time of this book's publishing, she was attending University in Guelph, Ontario. The book is available on paperback or as an e-book. 

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

The Murder Stone by Louise Penny

When I decided to do the Canadian book challenge, I knew I had at least two Canadian books in my posession. This book wasn't one of them! 
I didn't know anything about this book, had never heard of the author and it was published in the UK, so I didn't give it much thought. 

Imagine my surprise, when I started reading it! Here is Inspector Gamache, on vacation in an auberge in Quebec! Wondering why it was set in Quebec (my province, go figure!), sent me on a searh to see if the places within the book really existed. Then I was left wondering about the author, why would she set this in Quebec, was she Canadian as well? She is indeed! Born in Toronto, living in Quebec. How awesome is that?!?! 

Not only is this a great read, but I can add the book to the challenge!

What I enjoyed about this story is that while it's part of a series, you're given enough information about the characters, that it's not necessary to have read all the previous books to get an understanding of who they are. 

The only mystery that went unsolved, was "what is Bean?". As I went searching through the web looking up information about the author to see if she was Canadian, I visited her website. There, in the FAQ, I found a question asking about Bean's gender. To which the reply was, that the author never gave Bean a gender. 
Had I not come across this question, it would have never occured to me that Bean was genderless. It doesn't make a difference really, but to me, Bean had always been a boy. I ended up backtracking to the point where Bean was first mentioned, just to check if Bean really hadn't been introduced as a boy. Nope, seems my brain finished off Bean's intro on its own!

Some aspects of the book were predictable. Namely, the person who gets murdered. I also had my own suspects for the murderer. The true murderer ended up being one of my suspects but for a completely different reason. 

Overall, it was a very fun read, quite the page turner and I'm looking forward to reading more books from Louise Penny. 

This book is also published under the title: A Rule Against Murder (in Canada and the USA - I have the UK published version, so I went with that title)

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich ~ A Stephanie Plum Novel

Stephanie Plum, bounty hunter. 
Finding and bringing in skips is her job. Over the years, she's gotten better at chasing after skips and with her trusty "sidekick" Lula, you can be sure they'll eventually get their man, but the whole showdown will have you in stitches!

In Top Secret Twenty-One, Rangeman has been targeted in an assassination attempt! Thankfully, the attempt failed but we learn that someone from Ranger's past wants to settle a score with him and take out everyone close to him, including Stephanie! 

Stephanie's been chasing after a skip, Jimmy Poletti, a used car dealer who was selling more than used cars out of his dealership. Randy Briggs, who was Poletti's bookkeeper, turns up at Stephanie's doorstep, after someone bombed his home, asking for protection. He's got nowhere else to turn and, although the greatest pain in her backside, she allows him to stay in hopes of using him as bait to lure Poletti out.

Hilarious and captivating as always, Stephanie Plum doens't fail to deliver! She's true to herself and as unlucky as ever!

This was a hard book to put down, had I had the chance, I'd have read it in one sitting!

What I like about this series, is that you don't need to have read all the previous books to get into them. Whether you're new to the Stephanie Plum series, or a long-time fan (like I am), you'll be sure to enjoy this book!

Although, I'd recommend reading them all, if you have the chance, as they're quite hilarious.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Just a day, like any other

Just a day like any other, only it doesn't feel like it.
What defines what a day is going to be like? Is it defined by going through daily routines which you can go through on most days, without much thought. Or is it by the state of mind you're in when you wake up? What defines a good day, and what does a bad? Are days that are sunny only good and those that are rainy only bad? But rainy days can be good too! Then isn't it all just based on perspective? What's good for me or bad for me, depending on my perspective, it can differ, isn't that so?

Is it possible to predefine a day as good or bad, before it unrolls itself? If it's been predefined, is there a way to shield it from going bad. I mean in the sense of not becoming a recluse. I know that others' actions cannot be stopped, but is there a way of protecting my good day? In a sense where "I don't give a care" to what they're doing..whether they're trying to incite or instigate? It's easy to say "don't get ravelled" but how do you keep that state of mind, even when they're looking for it, winding you, or trying to?