Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Comfort Reads

 Hello friends!

It's been a long absence! My life has been crazy busy (oh man, I told myself I wouldn't make excuses but here I go anyway) and I have missed blogging. Today my kids are all back in school (except the baby of course!) so I thought I'd take a minute to check in.

Unfortunately, it hasn't been the best reading year. As I was looking at my goodreads reading goal I realized I'd only given a five star rating to two new books: Cress (book three in the Lunar Chronicles and just as awesome as I wanted it to be) and Unbroken, which dragged a bit for me at first but turned out to be so amazing, so moving, I had to give it five stars in the end. If you haven't heard about Louis Zamperini yet, GO READ UNBROKEN. Sadly, he passed away a couple months ago. What a huge inspiration he's been to me this year. Plus! There's going to be a movie soon.

And I am waaayyyy behind on my goal. I've only read 35 books! Usually by this point in the year I'm well over fifty.  I've read a lot of good enough but not great books this year and I think it's safe to officially claim this as a big old reading slump.

It's been kind of a life slump to be honest. I have been sick for the last two months straight. Several reoccurring infections, plus the trump card which was a nasty month long battle with kidney stones which ended in surgery and the subsequent recovery. I have just not been well.

When I don't feel well I don't want to read anything new or unfamiliar. It's all about the comfort reads.

I read all seven Harry Potter books: 

I'm on my fourth Jane Austen novel:

And I'll probably head this direction next if I don't get feeling better soon:
I can see myself setting in on Shannon Hale or Edenbrooke too eventually. There's just something about sitting down with my best book friends, the people I've known and loved for years, and escaping into their familiar stories about magic and adventure and love... It's good for the heart and soul and takes me away from feeling blah. I really hope I can get my health back soon.

Not to be preachy, but if you're feeling healthy today, don't take it for granted. Drink some water. Exercise. Go play and be active! Drink some more water (seriously - you do NOT want to get kidney stones). Enjoy life. And if you're not feeling so great, go read a comfort book.

Also, be jealous because my baby is the most adorable thing on the planet and I'm her favorite person - I get to smooch those checks and neck folds and chubby arms and feet all I want. :D

What's your favorite comfort read? Do share.


melissa @ 1lbr said...

Sorry to hear things have been crazy. But glad to see you are still around and reading! I'm not much of a comfort reader, but I think it sounds marvelous! I should try it.

April and Jeff said...

The Giver. The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Anne of Green Gables. Harry Potter series. I am excited to see a new post. I just wish you were feeling better. Hope better days start tomorrow.