Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Dark days, dark books

Have you ever thought about what the titles you pick up are trying to tell you about your subconscious? I never really did until a friend of mine pointed out that I had recently read five books about teen suicide/tragic death and was holding IF I STAY by Gayle Forman as I tried to deny the trend. 

Taking stock of my reading habits this winter, when I was in a rough emotional state myself, was eye opening. I mean, I knew dropping off the face of the planet and not speaking to my best friend for six months were bad signs, as was giving myself a stress ulcer and spending 18 hours a day in my old high school. But in reading, I was gravitating toward really dark books when I'm generally a happy go lucky, give me the fluffy lovely stuff, kind of reader. It was illuminating to see my interests so starkly changed based on my mood. 

Two weeks ago, I got hit by another wave of emotional stress but someone once told me that happiness can be a choice so I picked up a happy book instead of a sad one. I've definitely still got some deep thoughts and a big helping of stress but I feel less passive and more aware of myself and my brain.

Sometimes it's important to take stock and make a change. I'm sure I'll be back to read IF I STAY soon but because I'm craving a Gayle Forman story, not because my brain is trying to tell me something. 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

A MAGIC DARK & BRIGHT: A Stunning Debut

Last Tuesday, April 28th, Jenny Perinovic's self-published debut A MAGIC DARK & BRIGHT went out into the world. As one of Jenny's CPs, this book holds a special place in my heart, in many ways I love it like my own. It is a fabulous story of magic, mystery, and love that has turned into a beautifully put together book.

One More Page bookstore in Falls Church, VA held a lovely launch party for Jenny on Wednesday April 29th and I was lucky enough to be able to go. The event was great. There was wine, snacks, and a cake with the book cover printed on it.  Jenny did a spine-chilling reading and answered all our crazy questions. Oh yeah, and she SOLD OUT OF BOOKS! I am so so excited for and proud of Jenny and her blossoming success.

Believe me when I say you need this book in your life. You will fall in love with the secret-filled town of Asylum, the magic of Charlie Blue, the nuances of a centuries old mystery, and the all around fabulousness of Amelia Dupree.


For Kindle
In Paperback (from Amazon)
For Nook 
In Paperback  (from B& N)

To reread or not to reread? That is the question.

I don't reread books that often. Sure, I've read the entire Harry Potter series too many times to count and a few others have snuck ...