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Friday, April 14, 2017

Fairy Tales and Escape Plans

Hello All,

Yep. You get two today. Tomorrow is Saturday, a day for reading and grieving, and believing that books will get you through it. At least for me that's the truth.

Lately I've been on a fairy tale retelling kick. Something in me is craving their perfect endings and apocolyptic prose. As I'm in the middle of reading the Remnant Chronicles right now, which is a series everyone should read, I'm posting a list of my favorite retellings! Don't worry, they're hyperlinked to their Goodreads pages so you can get some more detail that I am to distracted to provide for you at the current moment.

Drumroll please........

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

Hunted by Megan Spooner 

Wintersong by S. Jae Jones 

Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine

Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire

Ensared by Rita Stradling 

Vassa In the Night by Sarah Porter 

I guess when I'm not reading psychological thrillers or murder mysteries I'm reading fantasty and fairy tales.

Oh! And the Remnant Chronciles: The Kiss of Deception, The Heart of Betrayal, The Beauty of Darkness. All by Mary E. Pearson. Read them!

Until next time,


Read This

Hello All,

Sorry for the month of nothingness. My father died last month and to be honest I haven't processed that yet. It's slowly hitting in stages and at awkward times, which means the mourning and grief of his loss are an ever constant presence; just like he was.

I've been trying to keep up with my reading challenges but right now that feels impossible. Maybe I'll come back to them, maybe I'll try again next year. Right now I really just need to get back into reading.

After he died I the first line of America's First Daughter came to my mind. "Sons of a revolution fight for liberty. They give blood, flesh, limbs, their very lives. But daughters... we sacrifice our eternal souls. This I am sure of, as I stand in the quiet emptiness of my father's private chambers. I'm here now because my father is dead and buried. And I'm left to make sense of it all." And well, that's what I'm trying to do.

As a reader selecting the books to read while grieving is harder than you'd think. Not every book fits and most of the ones for women who lost their fathers don't apply to my life or my relationship with him. Below is the list I've begun to cultivate to read my way through this; and I'm still looking to add to it.

Dune by Frank Herbert
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
Smoke Gets in your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
Lincoln in the Bardo by Geroge Saunders
The Nix by Nathan Hill

Until next time,