What have you been reading this summer?
I posted a few weeks ago that I was getting a chance to read a couple of books this summer. Especially when Andy travels. That’s when I stay up way past my bedtime and read and read and read. In fact I finally finished Divergent…at 3 AM one morning while he was in Europe. And it was a slow start for me (kept asking myself, “Will this really be different than Hunger Games?”), but just got better and better. I highly recommend it and can’t wait to start book two.
Therefore, I was looking forward to being on vacation and reading a few more books. I had everything planned out:
- Our rental had a pool in the backyard with great lounge chairs on the deck.
- Our rental was across the street from the beach.
- There were six adults going. So we could take turns reading and counting heads.
- The kids’ cousins were going. Therefore? Entertainment for the kids! At all times.
So I packed up my books and stack of magazines. We drove to Michigan and BAM! Worst weather. EVER. As in coldest-weekend-in-July-in-3-DECADES type of weather. Some of you followed along on Facebook and Instagram. It truly got comical. More on the actual vacation in another post. It wasn’t a complete bust, but it was work. No sitting-on-the-beach-reading-a-book and no sunning-poolside-lost-in-a-novel.
When I finished Firefly Lane awhile back, it left me feeling drained. Sad and depressed. I was almost angry at the people who recommended it. How much time had I wasted reading it? Why did everyone think it was marvelous? I was so glad it was over. Time to move on. And then the news…the sequel Fly Away was coming out later that month. Now that I knew there was more…I couldn’t just let it go. I got on the library wait-list and received the book right before vacation.
It was day 3 or 4 when I finally opened it. I somewhat dreaded it. A story I didn’t want to really read, but had to. I couldn’t NOT know how it would really end. I still had questions. And there could be answers out there now! I trudged through it page by page. I couldn’t believe it got even sadder…more depressing. But I had to finish. I was sucked in and hoping the author would be kinder to us readers at the end of book two.
I won’t tell you how it ends. (I finished it this morning.) But I’ll say a lot of questions were answered and closure happened for me. I appreciated the first book more after finishing the second one.
What are you currently reading?
Next up for me? Insurgent. The sequel to Divergent.