Obsession or Passion?

My book obsession passion has reached new heights.

dovekeepersThen why am I writing instead of finishing the last chapter of The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman? Well, to be honest, the last chapter has filled me with anxiety and trepidation. I am fearing the end because I fell in love with 3 out of 4 of the women whose stories are intertwined with each other. I don’t want to see it end, nor do I want it to end badly, NOR do I want to say good bye. I will busy myself with house work and some other mundane chores before I sit to weep and say farewell to Yael and Aziza.

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Last night at my Book Club meeting, I fulfilled a lifelong dream of sitting for the entire evening talking about books. We asked each other why this happened. First off, we all read the book Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danicat. Two of us really liked the book and two of us weren’t sure. This made for great discussion as to what we liked and what we didn’t. The big consensus was that this was an unfinished book, with gaps and details left to misunderstanding or oblivion. I like that in a book. I don’t always want to know the meat of the story, it helps with speculation of the character. But I did love the cultural aspect of the characters family. Learning about the bond of women and how they give everything up to serve man. This makes me thankful I am a Canadian Girl with North American values that honor education and independent choices for women and their daughters.  Leaving this book behind did not sadden me like leaving the Dovekeepers will.

Other books that have stayed with me over the long term and make me sad when I leave them behind have strong character development and something that has me relate on a personal level. Everyone I talk to who has read The Red Tent by Anita Diamant has felt the same as me, they loved this book and rank it amongst the best they have ever read. The Dovekeepers feels the same as this book. From the time in history, to the bonding of women, to the servitude of men, The Red Tent speaks to the strength of women over time. Read it.

I have been ever vigilant in searching for that next great read. I browse Goodreads on a regular basis and have found some reviews to be stellar and others that make me wonder if we read the same book.  There is a section on goodreads called Explore. I stepped into that section this week to look at new books that are going to be released this year. Authors I have never heard of, genres that don’t interest me (romance) and concepts that I have never heard of for fiction (Steampunk? I thought that was art!). Then I discovered a section called GIVEAWAYS!

For the record, I love free things! From soap and shampoo in hotel rooms to water bottles at conferences, Free = Good! I started heading down the list and began entering the draws. Publishing houses and authors give away first copies before the launch of their books to readers who are willing to read and review these books. Tuesday I won a Canadian book The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper! Simon and Shuster publishers are mailing it to me. The release is set for March. It sounds scary but so interesting! I can’t wait to crack it open!

The next night I was browsing that list again and entered a few new draws. By morning I received notice that I won Healer’s Touch by Deb Howell. Deb sent me a private message on Goodreads, she is signing the book and mailing it to me! Her and I chatted back and forth a bit and I admit to being star struck. I get that way with writers, hockey players and astronauts.

Then Friday I was browsing again and came across The Fallen Snow by John Kelley. I entered the draw for that book because it is another autographed copy but then I noticed a message, this weekend is the book launch! He was offering a free download on Amazon click here you Canadians for a free copy for your kindle or kindle app to read this book. The deal is, by accepting the free book, they hope you will review it on Amazon or the Kindle store. Fair enough, I appreciate the book and will be honest about my review!

I do know that the more you review, the more books people will send you. SWEET! Bring on the books! But here is my disclaimer, if it isn’t smart or clever, I will be ruthless.

What do yo think? Obsessed or passionate?

So here is me, looking for my next great read! I have chosen these ones for the month of March  and end of February:

  1. The Fallen Snow by John Kelley
  2. Under the Dome by Stephen King
  3. The Dinner by Herman Koch
  4. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (the book club selection for March)
  5. The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston
  6. Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb

Thoughts or opinions on my chosen ones? Got a better one for me? I am ALL EARS!

Happy reading!

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7 thoughts on “Obsession or Passion?

  1. One of my blogging friends (and we’ve sort of crossed over into the realm of real-life friends too; last month Tara and I met her and her husband for dinner in Portland) has a gritty sort-of ghost story called Dead Heat. Her name is Lisa Nowak, and she’s a very talented writer. I’m 40% through the novel and enjoying it very much. Well worth the cost (I think it’s only $2.99 or maybe $3.99 through Amazon).

  2. It’s a great passion/obsession to have! I’ll have to add The Dovekeepers to my list and will have to check out those Goodreads giveaways. I finally just got around to reading The Book Thief and didn’t want that one to end.

  3. Hi Robyn.

    I wanted to drop by, so to speak, to thank you for reading my novel – The Fallen Snow – and for reviewing it on goodreads. I learn something from everyone who shares their thoughts, and can only hope the insights will help me improve my craft for future works.

    I’m tickled as well that you’re from Canada. I was born and raised in the US and live in DC now. Yet the tale, which had bounced about my head for nearly three decades, finally took shape while my partner and I were living in British Columbia from 2008 to 2010. So in a sense I have Canada to thank for awakening my writing.

    At any rate, thank you for your kind words. I’m honored that you chose my novel for reading out of the many options available to you.

    Sincerely,

    John
    _________________

    John J Kelley
    Author, The Fallen Snow
    http://www.thefallensnow.com

    P.S. Love your blog 😉

    1. Hi John, as a fan of fiction, having you write to me is a bit like meeting a rock star! It was my pleasure and I look forward to coming across your other works in the future! They way you described the mountain ridges made me think of BC, so perhaps they were influential!
      Thanks for taking the time to write to me.
      Cheers,
      Robyn

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