WC Book Club: Nov. 2014

I told you a few months ago about how I’m doing my best to hang on to pieces of me where I can because I realized how fleeting and short my days of hard core motherhood are.  Part of that hanging onto myself of late has been returning to the hobby I’ve had since I was a child: reading.

A couple of years ago, I shared with you how my mom has passed her love of reading to me and now it has passed on to my daughter as well.  Now that my son is getting older, he also really enjoys being read to.  We’re a family of readers.  However, also in these last couple of years, reading has been a challenge for me because there just wasn’t time or energy.  I’ve read books slowly in bits and pieces.  I’ve read magazines.  I’ve read articles online.  I’ve read my Bible and daily devotions.  But to just sit and read book after book, it’s been a while.  Before children, I would sometimes spend entire days reading.  As a child, I have many memories of sprawling across my bed with my nose in a book.  In fact, when I was in maybe 6th grade, my mom and I had to switch to a different library in our city because we had pretty much read everything on the shelves in our respective age groups and tastes that was at the smaller branch we went to.

I’ve missed reading.  It’s a hobby just for me.  And it’s something I didn’t realize how much I was missing until I started doing it again.  It started on vacation this summer.  For years I have been involved with R.A. Salvatore’s “The Legend of Drizzt” series.  It’s 26 books in, so there have been plenty for me to read.  I finished the one I was reading then finished the final three that have been released.  I’m waiting for the next book to come out next March.  I hate that I caught up in the series and now have to wait, but I knew that was inevitable.  However, it’s taken me two years to read two books of his.  I started one while I was in labor with my son until I was too distracted to read.  So it took me a while to catch up.

In between the most recent two Drizzt books, I was left feeling antsy.  I was just getting back into reading and enjoying myself.  I was remembering what it felt like to really lose myself in a book in the couple of hours I stay awake after the kids are in bed or the hour I sometimes have in the morning before they’re awake.  So I decided to move on to some other books for now.  There are plenty of other R.A. Salvatore books, but after spending five or six years reading only his books, I was looking forward to trying something new.

I went for the “Divergent” series by Veronica Roth.  We saw the first “Divergent” movie a few months ago and I really liked it.  I checked the first one out on my Kindle from the library.  Within four days I had finished the entire trilogy thanks to having some extra downtime.  It was divine to have such a chance to read.  I stuck with the book series in spite of the fact that I don’t like reading books written in present tense.  I’m a bit picky that way.  I’m also picky in that I want good writing.  It doesn’t have to be grand literature, but it does have to be good writing.

Again, I was feeling antsy when I finished the final book.  I know there’s at least one other book that’s related to the series, but again I was ready to move on.  I just didn’t know to what.  I thought about “The Lord of the Rings” books, “The Chronicles of Narnia” books and “The Hunger Games” books.  But I just wasn’t sure.  In fact, before I started reading “The Legend of Drizzt” series I had never read fantasy books.  I kind of felt ready to take a small break from fantasy books as well.  And so I did what people do in this day and age, I turned to my friends on Facebook and asked for suggestions.  I got some aplenty and even was able to download and start reading a recommended author through my library before I went to bed.

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It is with all of this in mind that I introduce the Written Creations Book Club.  It’s nothing fancy and I have no disillusions of it being comparable to Oprah’s book club, but I like the idea of sharing what I’ve read and liked and getting ideas of good reads from you.  And I also am excited to talk about what I’m reading with other people.

This is my first list.  Some of them I’ve read and some of them I haven’t, yet.  I can’t vouch for all of them, so don’t get mad at me if you try one and find it lacking.  I’ve included links to author pages when I could.  If you do read any that I’ve read, I’m always happy to talk about them, though.  And I’m also looking for additional suggestions.  I’ll continue to touch base and read some of your suggestions and list some of my own periodically.  I’m interested in books that don’t have smut, graphic violence or lots of curse words.

Books I’ve read recently and enjoyed:

The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth — As I mentioned above, I picked up this trilogy after seeing and liking the first movie based on the series.  It sucked me in and I couldn’t put it down until I finished all three books.

“Rise of the King” by R.A. Salvatore — This is the newest Drizzt book that released this fall.  As I expected, it was awesome.  I took my time reading it because I knew once it was over, I’d again have to go into a holding pattern.  I’m looking forward to the next book due out next March.

Books by Lis Wiehl — A friend recommended her writing to me and I read all four of the Triple Threat books and then all three of the East Salem books.  I highly recommend them.  They are Christian based books with suspense and mystery as well.

The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner — My husband and I thought this movie looked good when we saw the previews, but I wanted to read the book first. I read the first one and was hooked so that I finished all three books and am now on the waiting list for the e-book version of the prequel through my local library.  The books have lots of suspense and mystery without foul language or gore.

The Sisterchicks series by Robin Jones Gunn — These books are quick and easy reads for me.  They involve two female friends (once two sisters) who find adventure and spiritual renewal.  That sounds more boring than the books actually are.  They have been some of my favorite books lately.

“While We’re Far Apart” by Lynn N. Austin — A friend recommended this author.  While the subject matter involves a family who has suffered great loss during World War II and how they survive, it’s actually much more uplifting than it sounds.

The Giver quartet by Lois Lowry — I have just started this series and read only the first book.  I’m saving the final three for a couple more weeks when I know I will have more time to read.  Waiting to proceed on to the second book and find out what happened is a bit challenging for me, so that tells you that the story draws you in for sure.  It’s the kind of book that makes you think without realizing that it’s doing so.

“The Help” by Kathryn Stockett — I read this book without realizing there was a movie and all that jazz.  However, it was another book that got me thinking and kept me interested.  In fact, I spent a couple of nights staying up later than I meant to because I didn’t want to stop reading.  And that is always a sign of a good book!

Books friends have recommended that I haven’t gotten to read, yet:
The Xanth series by Peirce Anthony

Books by Stephen Lawhead

“The Rift War Saga” by Raymond E. Fiest

The Foundation series by Isaac Asimov

The Physician of the Cole Trilogy by Noah Gordon

“In Between” by Jennie B. Jones

“The Hunger Games” series by Suzanne Collins (In all fairness, I did start to read the first book of this series and then stopped because I was too familiar with the story line from the movie to get that into the book; I don’t like knowing much of anything about a book before I begin reading it.)

“God’s Secretaries” by Adam Nicolson

The Selection trilogy by Kiera Cass

“On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness” by Andrew Peterson — I have a contemporary Christian music CD from Peterson that is more than a decade old and I still enjoy it; I’m anxious to give his books a try and see if I enjoy them as much.

 

What are you reading?  What do you like?  What have you read?  Let’s talk books!

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