Tagged: reading

Fiction: Good For Your Brain

Okay, I love this news. Well, it’s not really new news for us readers, is it? Haven’t we always known that people who read are more intelligent? I mean, it’s obvious right? Well, it is news to me that fiction stimulates the brain in ways that non-fiction, or fact base information cannot. This short video by Discovery News is an interesting and short watch. Makes you want to pick up a novel, too! Feel free to check out my book reviews (shameless plug) for 2013 and 2014! I love to hear what books have made you happy too! Please comment and leave a recommendation or three. Enjoy and share!

And just because I think that readers are super intelligent and extra smart, I’m sharing my favorite poem performed by the super cute poet himself. I don’t care how many times I watch this, I love it every, single, TIME! Thanks Mark Grist! You are adorable!

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Book 21: Shattered

shattered♦ ♦ ♦ .5  At the beginning of this series, there was only one druid left in the world. He was a quirky, tattooed rare book store owner in Tempe, Arizona. I, and many other readers, fell in love with him at first read. Now, several books later, said druid has trained another druid and fallen for her, and has brought his old arch druid back from his exile to a time island. There are now 3 druids working with the earth’s elementals to protect nature and fight forces of evil on this plane and others. The introduction of Atticus’ arch druid brings some humor and history to the story, however, much of this book focused on Granuaile  and her new Irish wolf hound. I’m not as enchanted with her story, but I’ll read as many in this series as Kevin Hearne will put out there for us. Enjoyable!

Book 18: Words Of Radiance The Stormlight Archive Book 2

♦ ♦ ♦.5  I’ll admit it right now, something must be wrong with me. My husband and I listened to The Way Of Kings, the first in the series, it seems like years ago! We loved it! I would give that one 5 stars for sure. The ratings for this second book on Audible are a solid 5 stars (well 4.8), with over 6500 people rating it. Why didn’t I get it? I mean, I got it, I listened to the full 48 hours and 15 minutes of this book! That’s 4 days of my life I gave this book. I found myself getting bored and checking out for a few minutes, then asking my husband what just happened? I definitely didn’t do that in the first book. I felt like too much time was given to description and characters that didn’t interest me that much. That being said, I did, truly, like the story. Maybe it was the narration that let me down? It’s almost a 4 star rating, but not quite. I’d like to know what you think.

Books for Creatives?

Buzzfeed published this list of 37 Books Every Creative Person Should Be Reading. I’ve read several… thinking I need to read the “Orbiting the Giant Hairball” book. What do you think of this list? I’ve read, “The War of Art” and loved it. Bossypants made me laugh out loud! Of course the Strunk and White book, I’ve used as a reference. What about the others?

Any you’d add?

 

Book 15: You’re Next

A Thriller With a Bit of Everything

♦ ♦ ♦ 1/2 It’s been awhile since I’ve listened to a “thriller” type book. I probably would have said that I was pretty indifferent to the story, but then suddenly found myself pulled deeper and deeper into the book. Because I was listening, I’d sit in the parking lot a few extra minutes wherever I was going to get to a spot where I felt like I could turn the car, and thus my book, off. Guess that’s the sign of a good book! For most of the story, you’ve no idea who the bad guys are, or why they are. Then, once it’s clear… hang on to your hat. Hide your kids!

Book 14: The Invention of Wings

A Great Book

A Great Book

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ Wow. I just grabbed this one because of its ratings, and it did not disappoint. Since I finished this, I’ve been thinking, even having vivid dreams, about it. Slavery, a terrible blight on our National History, was brutal and to me, unthinkable. I often imagine what it would have been like to have been alive and a part of it — on either side. Of course, one side is obviously worse than the other, but is it? What if you were born into a family of slave holders? What if you knew, even as a small child, that it was absolutely wrong, but could do nothing to change it then? In this tale, we see two sides of one coin. I love the characters, bold and strong, even the ones I despised. I loved listening to the author’s note at the end about how she came to write about these people, and which parts were fictionalized and which were told as close to the history as possible. Fascinating and well worth a read or listen. No wonder it was an Oprah’s book club pick.

Week 35: Monster Hunter Vendetta

♥♥♥♥ So, those monsters we discussed with the first book are back and so are the hunters. There is non-stop action, blood, goo, guts, gore, monsters, guitars and rock stars. Our fearless league of Monster Hunters takes on a crazy cult of very dangerous people, who are playing very dangerous games with powerful un-dead allies. Just know that you can sleep at night with our friends and heroes at MHI on the job. We learn more about their history, and them as individuals in this book. If you enjoyed the first one, hurry up and read this one already! My whole family loves this series.

Week 33: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

♥ ♥ + This book was a very slow starter for me. In fact, I decided to quit listening about an hour in. I tried to switch audio books, but the one I went to had a glitch and wouldn’t play. So, reluctantly, I returned to this book. Luckily, it picked up and got a bit more interesting. The narrator, also the author, was pretty monotone which I think really hurt this audio version of this book. The story was okay and had it’s moments where I was really interested and my imagination was tapped. There were other times where I drifted away and didn’t care enough to rewind to see what I missed. This is one of the oh, so rare occasions when I think it might have been better to read it with my own voice in my head. This book is VERY highly rated on Audible.com, so I’m not sure what I missed.

Week 35: Monster Hunter Vendetta

♥♥♥♥ So, those monsters we discussed with the first book are back and so are the hunters. There is non-stop action, blood, goo, guts, gore, monsters, guitars and rock stars. Our fearless league of Monster Hunters takes on a crazy cult of very dangerous people, who are playing very dangerous games with powerful un-dead allies. Just know that you can sleep at night with our friends and heroes at MHI on the job. We learn more about their history, and them as individuals in this book. If you enjoyed the first one, hurry up and read this one already! My whole family loves this series.