I’m working on my one book a month goal for 2018. If you’ve been following my blog, you know I love to read. I’ve taken a bit of a break due to graduate school and studying for my certification test. That decrease, was part of the reason I wanted to make my goal of 12 books in 2018. I’ve missed reading. However, like anything, I had to get back into the habit of relaxing and reading. So, without further ado, I present to you, my book review.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer Earth faces a potential intergalactic war with the mysterious Lunar people. The fate of Earth falls on one young girl.... Cinder is a cyborg mechanic who is considered a second-class citizen. She was adopted by a man who shortly died from the plague leaving her as a ward to an unkind woman. Cinder's life becomes intertwined with Prince Kai's, it becomes complicated by duty, loyalty, and freedom. This was the first book by Marissa Meyer that I've read. She has a wonderful writing style which pulls the reader into the story. I immediately was intrigued by this new approach to the timeless Cinderella story. I found myself rooting for the young cyborg as she discovers her identity and her role in history. The only downfall of the story is it was pretty easy to figure out how Cinder fits into the Lunar vs Earth conflict. Although this was pretty easy to guess, it wasn't officially written in the book until the end. As an adult reading this book, I reminded myself this book was written for a younger population. Therefore, a younger reader may not pick-up on this as quickly. This book was written for a younger age group. I love how the developing romance and the cruelty of the step-mother was very age appropriate. This makes it so a slightly younger person can read it safely. This story was cleverly written and is certain to become a favorite in the young adult genre. I would recommend this book to anyone who reads and enjoys young adult stories. The language and story is appropriate for a slightly younger reader,children as young as 14 could read this book. I give this book a 5 out of 5 book ends.
So that’s most recent read. I’m planning to start the second in the series soon. So look for that review.
What are you currently reading? I’d love to hear about it or post a link to a book review.
My kids like to play the game, would you rather. Its a simple game where one person asks would rather A or B. For example, one of the questions yesterday was, “Would you rather eat boiled snake or fried frog legs?” Its a silly game and it occupies them.
As I sit on this hot Friday morning, drinking my smoothie and considering what we are going to do today, my mind wanders. I promised the kids an adventure today. And seriously, the only thing I can think of is going to Target. And that I want coffee. But I’m feeling lazy so my coffee is still in ground form sitting in its k-cup waiting on hot water. I need to come up with something other than Target. Because if I don’t, the kids will grow-up with a misunderstanding of the word “adventure” and (probably more likely) stop believing me when I say we are going on an adventure.
My mind has taken me to the thought, which I frequently go to when I’m bored with the mundane of modern society, of living off the grid and off the land. You see, I have the crazy romanticized thought that living off the land would be great. The sense of hard work and purpose guiding everyday. No noise from the electronic age replacing conversation. No pressure of being good enough or feelings of parenting failure. Because, seriously, surviving trumps all thoughts.
I have this desire of being self-sufficient and not needing to go to the grocery store. Growing all my food, hunting, chopping wood for a fire. Everyone sitting around in the evening and enjoying each others company. It kind-of sounds like a life-long extreme camping trip.
Then I’m pulled back into reality by the thought of no toilet, predators, and the reality that I’m too “soft” to really live that life. I have no idea how to really hunt or “clean” an animal safely to eat. I’ve gotten to use to my over-priced coffee, leggings, and air conditioning. But, its good for a day dream.
And now, I need to find some sort of an adventure for my kids to go on.
My question to you is, have you ever thought of living a simpler life? Living off the land or maybe something different? When you get lost in your thoughts, where do you go?
I’d love to hear from you.