Tuesday, March 29, 2016
A Book Babble
In the last 2 weeks I have read 3 books. Although I would consider myself a reader, in the past year I have been slacking on the book front, mostly because I couldn't find time for it. I used to read before bed every night in my "before-Alex" life, but now I want to spend that time with him, so reading has been pushed to the side, becoming something I would only do while traveling. Alex also enjoys reading, but he does this in the mornings before I even wake up, so he continued to get his reading fix.
Then, about 2 weeks ago, I had a day where I was feeling quite sick (blame Aunt Flo) and I told the sticker sorority (we have a group chat called "Alpha Glamma Planna") (lol) that I needed a personal day, and shut myself up in my room. I pulled out my iPad as I wanted to be able to purchase an instant book (although, to be honest, I quite hate the digital book thing and much prefer actual hardcopy books) and selected "The Siren" by Kiera Cass, and Oh. My. Goodness.
My love of reading came whishing back like a train off the tracks ready to wipe everything out.
Since then I have been making little bits of time daily to read, whether it be in the morning over my cup (or 3) of coffee, or for a few minutes right before bed, and I feel a lot of feels about it.
First of all, I feel happier.
Second of all, I feel sadder, mostly because my whole life revolves around trying to figure out when I can next read. I miss the days of being able to read for days and days on end in the summers of my youth. (lol)
Anyway, I thought I would babble on about the book I mentioned above.
The Siren by Kiera Cass: The world has seen vampires, witches, and werewolves come into teen fiction, followed by Fae (Fairies) and pretty much every other type of mythical folk, but this was the first book I have seen in the "Teen Fiction" genre that is about Sirens. Sirens are known in folklore as the beautiful women who would lure sailors to their doom using their magical voices. Their ships would crash into deadly rocks or the sailors would jump to their death willingly, trying to get closer to the beautiful music. This book is about the Sirens, and the life and slavery they are bound to.
The book follows a girl named Kahlen who has been a siren for 80 years by the time this book starts. In this world, sirens aren't born, they are made. If the Ocean decides she wants another Siren, then during the next "sinking" she looks to see if there is a suitable girl on the ship. If there is, she offers them their life in exchange for 100 years of Sirenhood (slavery), after which they return to being mortal and can live in the human world.
Of course there is a love story and a bunch of teenage angst and overall it's a lovely read.
It's GOOD. I recommend it, and this book had a pull that pulled me right back into the world of constant reading and was quickly followed by 2 more books.
Have you read any books lately that you loved?
Posted by Elle Fowler