August 12: Reading Blog

I finally finished ‘Outlander’ the other day. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the story! I loved the historical descriptions of Scotland, especially when it was set in the 1700’s. There were lots of steamy scenes in the book, but I thought it was tastefully written. Will I read the next book in the series? Not right away lol, but I’m curious to find out what happens to Claire in the series.

I moved on to Crown of Feathers, by Nicki Pau Preto. It’s a Fantasy YA novel, and the main character has to masquerade as a boy in order to fulfill her quest. There’s a bond with a sister that’s fractured, so I’m interested in seeing what happens as I get further involved in the story.

I’m also reading ‘Color Me In’ this week, as part of my first blog tour! I’m taking part in Sazon Book Tours, and my day is sometime next week. I can’t wait to see what this story is all about!

Reading Blog: Readathon Progress

I’m in the midst of wedding planning, but I managed to make some time for my stories. As much as I’m excited about my wedding (10 days away!), I need a break from planning for a little while.

This week I finished the audiobook of Again, but Better. I liked how the story was a light read, certainly easier to move through than Outlander. It was a fun tale about finding (and re-inventing) oneself. I read a portion of it in the evenings, when I had available time.

I’m almost done with Outlander! While it’s a long book, it’s enjoyable to read. The history of the Scottish Highlands on the brink of war is quite rich. Claire’s quest in returning to her own time period has notable obstacles in her journey, causing her to re-evaluate her wants and desires in life. It’s also a very steamy read!

Weekend Reads

I’m reading two books this weekend. The first I’m taking on is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I’ve never watched the successful television show of the same name, yet I’ve heard many great things about it from my friends. I’ve decided to give the book a try. It’s a very long read (over 800 pages), but I’ve read books that long before, so I’m up for the task!

So far I’m about a quarter of the way into the story. I really love the historical information of Scotland in the 1740s. The main character, Claire Randall, has forced to become acclimated into 18th century Scottish living. She doesn’t really have a choice! Claire also lends her 20th century wisdom to people surrounding her, with amusing outcomes. It’s interesting to see how this story progresses.

I’m also reading Again, but Better by Christine Riccio through audiobook. It’s also a good read, an NA (New Adult) contemporary novel. It’s a definite switch from the historical fiction content I’m consuming these past couple weeks (Outlander and The Tea Girl From Hummingbird Lane ), but I don’t mind reading the light-hearted story!

Sunday Sentence, July 21: Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth

I’m participating in David Abrams’s ‘Sunday Sentence‘ project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, ‘out of context and without commentary’.

After all the truth I’ve given her, I shouldn’t have ruined it for myself with that final lie’.
Source: Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth

Time After Time by Lisa Grunwald/A Review

Time After Time by Lisa Grunwald
Length: 416 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
Source: Acquired from NetGalley
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Series or Standalone: Standalone

**I received Time After Time through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review**

I really enjoy stories that focus on New York City in earlier times. When I came across ‘Time After Time’ on Net Galley, I was so happy to learn that this tale focuses on New York between the 20s and 40s.
Time After Time begins during the mid 1930s in Grand Central Terminal. It follows a man named Joe Reynolds, a hard working leverman who ensures that the trains in the terminal run smoothly. Joe encounters a young woman named Nora Lansing, who appears strikingly out of place in her demeanor and appearance, in a lovely way. Joe is taken by her immediately, yet when he tries to walk her home in Turtle Bay, she mysteriously disappears. Their encounters are similar in several occasions, which occur on the same time of year.
After some investigating, Joe learns about a chaotic subway accident in the 1920s that hold strong significance in Nora’s life. The story then goes into Nora’s earlier years in Paris before returning to New York City, as well her life over the 30s and 40s with Joe, as they navigate their new life with one another. Their desire for each other is tempered, as the reality of America’s involvement in World War II makes Joe and Nora realize that change is constant, and a normal part of life.
Grunwald also creates a active tapestry of life in Grand Central Terminal. She vividly portrays the ‘city within a city’, with Joe and Nora frequenting the shops, restaurants and lodgings that’s a stone’s throw away from commuter life. My memories of Grand Central Terminal still walk through my mind regularly, although I moved out of the area a few years ago. I recall how busy the terminal was each and every day, as well as the beauty of the star-lit ceiling, and the famous clock in the center. Grunwald also describes the changing landscape of terminal as the war enters the American landscape, as many men and families enter the metropolis, entering a major point in their lives.
Time After Time is equally moving and intense, as this story follows two people coming to grips with their identity within a changing world. I really appreciated this window of a reimagined New York City life, and the love two people share within it.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

New Poetry Group, and Good Stories/June 9 Reading Blog

After work on Friday, Andy and I traveled to Frenchtown, NJ so I can take part of First Friday Poetry. I attended this poetry event last month when it at The Book Garden, and it was very memorable. I had the courage to share one of my poems from my blog Poetic Threading, and it was received warmly.

While this month’s poetry event was being held in a space more public to the neighborhood, I was looking forward to gather and meet others who were also into poetry. I didn’t know what to expect, and while that would ordinarily make me very nervous, I was perfectly fine with being at one with everything around me.

The event was at an small art studio, with a DJ playing a eclectic mix of classic rock and 90s hip hop. The outdoor space was filled with several acres of grass to roam freely, a bonfire, and a mulberry tree where some children happily shook branches, eagerly partaking in sweet prizes. When I arrived I didn’t recognize anyone I knew from last month, so I did what any poet would do when surrounded by rich greenery and lovely music: I sat down near the bonfire and wrote a poem!

After about 10 minutes, a couple people from last month arrived at the location. It was decided that it would be a public, open-mic style reading. There was a decent sized crowd to watch the event, and a beautiful sunset served as a lovely backdrop as the poetry reading came to a close. First Friday Poetry will be held at the same location next month, and I’m looking forward to it!

Along with attending the poetry event, I read more of Lisa Grunwald’s ‘Time After Time’. I’m about nearly halfway through the story. It’s such a touch love story, as Joe and Nora learn a bit more about one another as the years pass. The story of Nora’s predicament comes to light near the closing of Part One. I also enjoy to immerse myself in Grand Central Terminal lore, as well as life in NYC during the height of the Great Depression.

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