Sometimes I need to balance my time wisely. Finding a middle ground between performing work tasks when I’m at home, and pursuing my passion for reading and writing. I’m deep into reading my Kindle fantasy novel, just a couple chapters an evening. Ever once in a while, preparing for work leaves me so exhausted that I skip reading. It just leads me to seeking another way to balance my time more efficiently.
As usual, I hope to conclude the week finishing my Kindle read, but I’m unsure if I can complete that task. If I read a couple chapters a day I should be fine. Perhaps I can finish it off by the end of next week. There are so many other fun books to read.
‘After Alice’ by Gregory Maguire tells an alternate story of ‘Alice in Wonderland’. The story focuses on Ada, a friend Alice briefly mentions during the popular tale of her adventures down the rabbit hole. In the beginning of the story, Ada is walking to Alice’s house when she encounters a mysterious creature. She follows it, and falls down the rabbit hole, into the magical world where the Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter, and other eccentric characters rule the domain. As Ada ventures through this unusual world, she discovers that Alice has also ventured through the area moments before. The story also tells the tale of Alice’s sister Lydia and her attempts in searching for her, while encountering some eccentric people herself.
‘After Alice’ was a very good story to read, and I appreciated looking back on well known characters that I read about in Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’. I’m looking forward to reading the other ‘alternate’ fairy tale stories (what I like to call them) that involve The Wizard of Oz and Cinderella’s step sisters.
Andy and I visited my family this afternoon. Almost everyone was there (Brittany was at work). It was wonderful seeing them for a couple hours, especially Ana, whose sassiness is increasing with every visit!
I’m almost finished with ‘After Alice’! I will write about the story within a couple days. I’m anticipating reading the next story in my collection.
One more day of rest and relaxation before the work week. It’s going to be filled with more learning experiences. I have a slight schedule change, so I hope to complete as much prep as I can before I begin each day.
‘Our Kind of Cruelty’ by Araminta Hall tells tells the story of Michael Hayes and his extreme love for Verity Metcalf. The story begins with Michael receiving an invitation for Verity’s wedding, as Michael is designing the perfect home for his ‘dream’ girlfriend Verity to live in, despite the fact that they no longer speak. He believes that this lack of correspondence is all part of a game they used to play when they were seriously dating, a game that heavily relied on avoidance. What follows in this story is the narration from a character whose desire for someone falls heavily on the line of obsession. Michael has a personality that falls on deviance and anger, molded from the hardships from his past, and hardened by his inability to understand when to let go when things come to an end.
Araminta Hall writes beautifully the viewpoints of both a jilted, dangerous lover unable to take no for an answer, and the woman taking the steps to move on, yet pays a steep price for her decision. This story was very moving, and kept me rivited through the end of the story.