In terms of reading I didn’t finish a single book this week. I put aside the book I was reading on the plane because I got a bunch of ARCs in the mail. Since two of these have deadlines I felt that I better get cracking…..especially since one, The Explosionist, has a deadline of 01 June….which is right around the corner! But I am now half way through it and should be done in plenty of time. I am enjoying this book. It takes place in an Alternate Scotland, a world where Napolean won the battle of Waterloo and explores what might have happened to the European world if that had happened. Here Scotland is its own country since England declined and then fell in the years after Waterloo. The main character is Sophie, a 15 year old girl, who has taken it upon herself to solve the mystery of the recent bombings happening in her town along with who murdered a medium who spoke a dire prophecy about her during a seance. The book is for teens but as with many teen books that are published these days it can appeal to people of all ages.
Today I plan to keep the tv off all day and to focus on reading…..and to punish Simon a bit for turning it on yesterday when I wasn’t home – jacking up the volume as he likes to do. Its partly my fault for forgetting to unplug it….but thankfully I remembered to turn off the cable box. My neighbors would have been really mad at me otherwise! I would love to get a good chunk of The Explosionist out of the way to today so that I can spend some time before bed tonight reading Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings. A book which was just returned to me yesterday after a 5 year long absense. Five years!
Way back when, I was still living in my beloved Quincy apt and before the roommate from hell moved in, my dear friend B asked to borrow some books. She wanted some new and different things to read (she a big romance reader and primarily buys that genre) so she called me up and we went through my shelfs. I read her the backs of several books and she selected ones that sounded interesting to her. One of those books was Pawn of Prophecy. This is a beloved book of mine, one of the first fantasy books that I ever read. This is a book that I loved so much when I first read it that I quickly ran out and bought all the books that were published at that time. I devoured the series and its been one that I’ve revisited ever couple of years.
There is just something so comforting sometimes about reading a book (or a series of books) over and over. There are moments when you just need to escape from the world and these well-worn friends are the perfect means to do so. When I am struggling with love and disillusionment I might pick up Pride and Prejudice and read the letter that Darcy wrote to Elizabeth and then skip to the end and relive their proposal. Or I might take it slow and read the whole book from start to finish relishing in all the ups and downs of the Bennett clan. Which never lose their charm no matter how often I read about them. The Belgariad/Mallorean series is one such fond memory for me. A great way to escape from the humdrum of every day life. A series which has been incomplete for so long….one in which I’ve seriously thought of re-buying the missing book just to be able to re-read it.
But I held off on re-buying it (where I got that restraint I have no idea!) and so now look forward to re-immersing myself in the world of Aloria…to reacquaint myself with Garion, Silk, Ce’Nedra, Polgara….and all the rest. I wonder if the time away from the series will have altered my view of it at all. While this reading will not capture that instant love and the magic that I found in the first reading…..will there be any rekindling of it? Or will the story have lost some of its luster? I’m hoping that the story will still glitter as much as it ever did.
Now as I prepare to depart for the day….to immerse myself in books and in the many wonderful salons that you have all created, I wonder….what book…or books give you that warm fuzzy feeling and that have that special something that compels you to re-read them every now and again?