Time Devoted to Reading
This is a long weekend, for me. I get monday off for Victoria Day. Every time I take a long weekend there is a day in there that is just lost, somehow. Don’t know where it went. That was today, for me. I looked up at what I thought was lunch time and it was 5 pm. (Well that explains why I was so hungry…) And at that point I sat down to read for 2-3 hours, (Okay I ate something and then I sat down to read) and the book I chose was truly PHENOMENAL, so it all worked out okay.
I have now completed 5 ouf of 6 goal books. My original goal is complete, and the next one looks to be in sight. And with Saturday’s reading hitting 327 pages, I am now at 1736 pages for the week. That is not bad at all.
You guys, I have a new auto-buy author. Merrie Haskell, I LOVE you.
This book has collected everything I love and tenderly layered it into a trifle. Let’s see, you’ve got:
- Awkward Dad who is the worst at showing he loves you until he [SPOILERS] travels to the land of the dead and offers to burn down the world to get you back [END SPOILERS]
- Folktale crossovers including 12 Dancing Princesses, Beauty and the Beast, and Hades and Persephone
- A main character who has weighed her future options and wants to join a convent so she can be a herbalist instead of getting married.
- Main character who posesses a difficult skill which is important to the story
- Medieval people who feel both incredibly human and totally medieval; they believe in magic, the efficacy of praying over cures as you brew them, and marriage as contract, and the narrative doesn’t make fun of them for it.
- No-nonsense, competent heroine with a sharp tongue.
Bonus points for showing the difference between a book based in “European-Type Fantasy Land” and a book which actually draws on European history and folklore.
Extra bonus points for this first line;
“Three days after my thirteenth birthday, Armas, the Executioner and Chief of Prisons, came for me while I ate breakfast.”