Living that Bookish Life

Someone asked me on Goodreads how I got into reading and writing, and I felt like blogging my answer.

So how did I get started in this bookish life, hmm? I’d say my parents are the guilty parties here. They both were readers.

My mom took me and my siblings down to the public library for books since we were quite little, and we had a family reading club for years. My dad would put up a new calendar in the kitchen each month where we’d write our initials down every time we finished a book, and a running total for each family member was at the bottom of the calendar.

Every time one of us kids finished ten books, we’d get some sort of little prize, but when it came down to it, it wasn’t about the prizes. Even when the reading club eventually phased out, we kept on reading. My uncle once joked that he’d never seen kids who were so excited to get books for Christmas!

As for my writing, if I had to pinpoint a time when I got started, it was when I was eight years old. I had to write a story for school, using specific spelling words, and my dad seemed to think the story was rather good. (He kept the story–still has it, in fact.)

I’ve been writing stories ever since. I just put book covers on them now. 🙂

 

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The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter

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Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. BookLook Bloggers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

The Goodbye BrideThe Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

“I don’t remember the last seven months.”
“Not at all? That’s…that must be hard.”
Still being in love with the man whose heart you didn’t remember breaking? Not exactly a walk in the park.

Lucy Lovett’s got an unresolved past (both remembered and forgotten) behind her and an emotionally daunting journey ahead of her in The Goodbye Bride, the second Summer Harbor novel by author Denise Hunter.

I picked this book up with little knowledge of its plot, set on reading it on account of how much I enjoyed the preceding novel, Falling Like Snowflakes. In this sequel, I appreciated the glimpses of returning characters and the messages of forgiveness, of relying on God for strength to face human relationships, of love that is stronger than fear. And like the first romance I read by this author, I’d place this one on the steamier side of Christian Fiction–not at all a bad thing!

Still, the romance began to lose my interest after a while, as the instances and descriptions of Lucy and Zac’s attraction became redundant. It seemed that they each stopped to brood over and around the same desires and doubts a number of times throughout the story, and the reading lagged for me in the middle. There also seemed to be a menacing build-up toward something that pretty much fizzled into nothing.

Nevertheless, I’m rather sure this heartfelt return to Summer Harbor has built on a good setup for the next book in the series…

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Here’s my review of Falling Like Snowflakes.

Falling Like Snowflakes