One of my best talents, and possibly my most useless talent, is occupying myself by staring at the same wall. For hours. And hours. Or the ceiling as I lie awake at night, plagued by story ideas and ideas for scenes in my novels.
Long car ride? No problem! Just turn up that radio and let my imagination take over! I love driving for this very reason. Getting trapped inside my own head is the best kind of vacation. I get to meet new, interesting people. I get to create and explore. I get to live dozens of different lives in a variety of different worlds. And one of the best parts? I can relive scenes over and over as if they had just happened in real life.
Useless talent? Many people might think so. But I am grateful for it nonetheless. Happy November, everyone!
Have you ever walked into a bookstore determined to buy a book you haven’t read, but you don’t end up reading it? I know I have. My “to read” list grows all the time as I discover new authors or even old ones I’ve read before. Here is a brief list of books I keep meaning to read but haven’t.
The Alloy of law by Brandon Sanderson
I absolutely LOVED the Mistborn novels! I’ve heard that the next three in the series are awesome, and I keep checking them out at the library but somehow never find the time or motivation to read them. It will still happen someday!
Scythe by Neil Shusterman
At the time, I had been following Simon Schuster on Facebook, and a post came up on “which book should you read next?” I matched with this book, I went to the bookstore and bought it. And…I still haven’t read it.
ready player One
I loved the movie. Absolutely loved it. And I want to read the book. It’s just one of those things I keep putting off.
Spinning Silver by Naomi Navik
I recently went to a writer’s conference and attended a class that mentioned this book several times. It immediately piqued my interest. However, I’ve gone to the library multiple times and I cannot for the life of me find it. I’ll just have to place a hold. Either that or just buy it! But I’m weird about buying books. I’ll check them out at the library first, and if I like it enough to own it, I’ll buy it. Sometimes even in multiple formats.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
Honestly, I would have read this a long time ago, but I’m confused about the order of the books. I’ve looked it up time and again, and it seems that there is a prequel, but not really, but pretty much. But if I read this book before the prequel, would it make sense? My confusion has prevented me from reading this, despite the amazing things I’ve heard about this series. I will read it eventually! As soon as I figure out which book comes first…
I loved this book. Period. Did I enjoy the movie as well? You bet! I’m one of those people who can still enjoy the movie adaptations of a book. This is the kind of material I would read on my own as well and not just as an assignment in class.
Although this was not only graphic at times but depressing as well, I was engrossed from beginning to end, just like I was with The Diary of Anne Frank. To read about these events through the eyes of those who lived them really alters your perspective.
The Great Gatsby
I loved reading this book. I loved the characters, the scenes, the mystery of it all. And you guessed it, I enjoyed the movie as well. Leonardo DeCaprio was perfect as Gatsby, and Spiderman (er, I mean Tobey Maguire) made a good Nick Carraway. The book was filled with symbolism and fascinating characters, how could I not enjoy reading it?
This is a hard question to answer, as I don’t usually read the same book twice unless I really have a craving for it. Therefore, I’ll slightly tweak the question to Authors I Read When I’m Not Feeling Well.
I absolutely adore all of her books. Or at least the ones I have read, which is most of them. Sarah is witty, her characters are lovable, and the great thing is that I always know the books are going to have a happy ending. Romance is my favorite genre, and Sarah Eden’s sweet romances are welcome for anyone feeling sick or down in the dumps.
Michele Paige Holmes
One day, I was scrolling through Amazon and I noticed Saving Grace listed as a reading recommendation. I had never heard of this author, but the book covers were beautiful and the descriptions of each book were enough to draw me in. I LOVED Saving Grace. Loving Helen was much harder for me to enjoy because I thought Helen deserved better than she got. Marrying Christopher was a fun read as well. You know it’s a good book when your thoughts keep drifting back to it. These are three books that I will read more than once.
Alright, so this one is a bit of a stretch. When I’m not feeling well, I don’t usually want to have to use my brain too much, and his books push my brain to the capacity at times. But I enjoy his books so much! I can’t not add him to the list.
One thing many books I read in high school had in common was that they were all depressing. (Okay, so maybe not all of them are, but I’d say a good chunk of them are downers). Why do highschoolers need to be subjected to such a low and depressed state? Why not broaden our horizons and expose us to books that are uplifting or interesting? I would have loved to read Jane Austen or something more modern like Brandon Sanderson. Instead, I had to read tales of woe in Romeo and Juliet and murder in Of Mice and Men.
Although there are many I could touch up on, here are just a few of the books I didn’t care for in high school.
Of Mice and Men
That’s a good word for it. Why would anyone want to read about killing small creatures and (spoiler alert) young women?
The Scarlet Letter
Again, depressing. More death, more self-punishment, more loss.
I know this is probably a strange one to add to the list of books I didn’t like, but it’s here. Reading it actually frustrated me at times, and I found no joy in it.
The Old Man and the Sea
Talk about droning on and on!!! I feel like I’m stuck in a whirlpool of never ending description, and no matter how many pages I get through, it won’t stop. How many ways can you describe a fish?
Yikes. You might as well encourage young high school students to commit suicide with this one. Kids that age don’t need to be exposed to something like this. Sure, there is great imagery, there is amazing symbolism, but I’d prefer that if it’s read at all, it should be read on your lonesome or maybe in college. Not in high school.
Of course, there are also books I really enjoyed! Stay tuned for another blog post with the books I actually liked reading in high school.