I feel like all my blog has been lately is sadness and advertisements. Not that there’s anything wrong with either of those. Sadness is normal and healthy, and advertising helps pay the bills, yo. Teddy Grahams are not cheap. But when I try to think of something else to write about, my brain just kind of sits there. It’s been doing that a lot lately. Just sitting there. It’s kind of driving me crazy, actually. I’d really LIKE to be doing something, but my brain is not on board with that plan.
I told Chris tonight that I had nothing to blog about. He said to blog about whatever I’m doing right now because when it comes down to it, that’s what brings imaginary friends back here every day. People just want to know what’s going on, what’s happening, what’s cooking. Which is such a relief because I couldn’t possibly give advice right now or talk about my marriage or my family. That stuff’s too deep for my barely moving brain. So instead, I will tell you what I have been doing the past two weeks.
I have been reading like a fool.
Reading is one of my favorite hobbies. I read every chance I get. In the early mornings when I wake up before anyone else, while I’m waiting at the doctor’s office, when the kids naps, before I go to bed. I always have a book with me. In fact, that’s one of the criteria when I buy a new purse. Will it hold a book?
Lately, I’ve been reading a lot because it gives my mind something to do besides being sad without having to concentrate too terribly hard. Basically, it’s a great way to avoid reality while still feeling relatively productive. During the summer, I read all the adult books I wanted. It was awesome. But during the school year, I alternate between reading one young adult novel (usually one that my students pick for me or that I notice a lot of them reading) and then one adult novel of my choice. That way, I can talk to my students about their books and recommend books to them because I’ve read them myself, but I still get the enjoyment of an adult storyline.
I just finished a book that was the perfect combination of young adult romance and adult story line called, “A Discovery of Witches.” It’s about this vampire and witch who fall in love and take on the entire world of vampires, witches, and daemons to save their love. Don’t judge. It’s not nearly as weird as it sounds.
Now, I am reading a book that I have been wanting to read since last year. This book is called, “Love Does,” and it’s by a man named Bob Goff. He is a pretty incredible man who has lived a pretty incredible life. His book is a collection of short stories and lessons he learned through all of his experiences and adventures. He is a Christian, and the book is rooted in the principles of Christ’s teachings, but it can be read simply as a book about living a life that serves others – no matter what your faith might be (just skip the God parts…). I love reading this book, especially right now. It is uplifting and makes happiness and love and friendship seem simple and yet profound at the same time. It is incredibly thought provoking. My favorite part so far has been when he talks about God closing doors. He says that sometimes he thinks God closes doors to see how badly we want to break them down. Kind of makes me think twice about putting my own dreams of writing a book away. He just makes you want to DO more, which is good. Because that’s what his book is called, “Love DOES.” It’s about all the things we need to DO in life, not just talk about or dream about. I’m halfway through it and I started it yesterday. It’s excellent. Short, simple, and incredibly sweet.
The next book I want to read is “Insurgent.” It is the second book in the “Divergent” series. I read “Divergent” over the summer and loved it, so I’m anxious to read the second one. Also on my list, though, is the second book by one of my new favorite authors. This summer I read a book called, “Roses,” by Leila Meachum. It was easily one of my top five favorite books ever. It was an epic romance that takes place in Texas over generations of families in this small oil town. It was excellent. My friend, Sarah, found the second book by Meachum this summer and she just passed it along to me. It’s called “Tumbleweeds,” and Sarah says it is fantastic. And since Sarah (and my Grandma) are my barometer when it comes to book selections, her word is a green light to me.
That’s pretty much what I’ve been doing. I’ve been sad. I’ve been advertising. And I’ve been reading. That’s about all my brain can handle.
So to thank you all for hanging in there with me through this sadness and all these advertisements, I’m giving away a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card today. This isn’t a paid review product, and no one is sponsoring this giveaway. It is simply a way to thank you for being patient with me while my brain takes a little time out and I bury my nose in a book.
To be entered to win the giveaway, leave a comment below telling me the last book you read and if you liked it or not. This giveaway will close on Sunday at 8:00pm and is open to US residents and international readers, too.
If you’re as big of a book nerd as I am, be sure to follow me on GoodReads to check out what I’m reading as I start and finish new books.