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My New Blog

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I have decided to start blogging under the new blog Sondering Shadows.  ‘Sonder’ means the moment when you realise that other people are living other lives independent of your own.  I just like the concept.  I don’t know if this is goodbye to I Remember Delight just yet, but I know that I need a bit of change in my life at the moment.  I want Sondering Shadows to be a blog that is kind of about anything that I want it to be about.  So, if you like this blog then you should check out Sondering Shadows.

Three reasons why you should read the Wheel of Time

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Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time is perhaps one of the most hotly debated fantasy series of the past twenty years.  All over the internet you can read about the ups and downs of the series and why is/isn’t worth anyones time.  Since my last post I have read and enjoyed all fourteen of the books in the series.  I was initially on the fence, but now I am a total fan girl.  So, without further ado, here are my reasons why everyone should read the Wheel of Time:

1. Hope – It took me a while to realise this, but the Wheel of Time is a story about hope.  It is kind of like the opposite to GRRM’s A Song of Ice a Fire in this respect.  It raises your spirits as you read the story of Rand and his constant battle before the battle within himself.  Like real life, it isn’t easy for any of the characters and all they have to keep them going is hope.

2. Complexity – Bad guys are not always one hundred percent bad.  Demandred in ‘A Memory of Light’ is not just despicable because of his actions, but because you can see that somewhere deep, deep down this man is fundamentally redeemable.  He could be a hero in another life.  Also, just because the characters dislike some people doesn’t mean that those people are automatically bad guys.

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3.  Characters – there are just so many, but you end feeling for most of them.  Even the most ‘annoying’ ones.  Also, there are strong women in this series, which is always a plus and pretty much ever character (even the more minor ones) goes through some sort of journey.  This is not all that surprising though, because there is something like eleven thousand pages in the entire series.  There is also a lot of humour in the series.

These are just three of the reasons why you should give the Wheel of Time a shot.  Personally, I read all of the books in the series (some people skip certain books) and overall I enjoyed it – but at times I had a love/hate relationship with it.  What are your reasons for reading your favourite series?  Let me know in the comments below.

Goodbye

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Isn’t it funny how our moods, our emotions affect our everyday lives?  Take reading for example – I always find it hard to read when I am stressed, upset or feeling down.  Ironically, that is when I need to read the most.  I try to fight the reading slump as much as I can, but after a while you just have to go with it.  When something stops being fun there really isn’t any point in continuing with it.

I started this blog, originally on blogger, at a really bad point in my reading life.  I had read a lot of books in 2010, and had been on a reading high for several years (barring a small reading slump when I started college).  As I got into 2011 I craved the same enjoyment that I had got out of books before, but it just didn’t happen.  I still loved (and still do love) reading, and I thought that starting a blog might help me to not only keep reading, but also to talk about books and therefore get a more interactive experience.

But that didn’t happen.  Instead I found myself in a strange situation – I wanted to read, and blog about it, but I didn’t have the energy, and when I did have the energy I found myself criticising books that in the past I would have just enjoyed.  I felt that, seeing as I was going to write about it, I had to have both good and bad things to say about them and I had to analyse things.  I also felt pressure to read faster, because most book bloggers read hundreds of books a year.

Likewise, I also found myself putting limits on what I was reading – because I put limits on what I was going to blog about.  For instance, I decided that I wouldn’t review classic books, and so every one that I picked up felt like it was an ’empty’ week – because I obviously wouldn’t be writing about it.

I have a lot of respect for book bloggers – I mean the hours they have to put in to what they do, to do it successfully, must be huge.  The only reason I am writing this at all is because I don’t want to leave this blog open-ended.  Even if no-one reads this, I need closure.  I need to know that the door is shut on ‘I Remember Delight’, and the best way to do that is to publish the words that declare it.

So, basically, this is goodbye.  I want to thank everyone who took the time to read my stuff and to ‘follow’ my blog.  It means a lot to me 🙂

Musing Mondays (July 9)

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Musing Mondays is a weekly event held by Should Be Reading where bloggers are asked to answer a musing on reading and books in general.  This weeks musing is:

Have you ever read a book that, at the time, you didn’t feel a strong connection towards, but as time goes by you find yourself thinking about it a lot?

My answer is a definite ‘yes’.  This happens to me all the time, so much so that I can nearly predict that it will happen when I’m reading the book.  Some examples of when this happened for me are:

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay

The Watchmen by Alan Moore

Night Watch by Terry Pratchett

That’s all I can think of off the top of my head, but I do know that this happens frequently with me.  The opposite to this also can happen where I love a book when I read it, then once I’ve finished it I begin to see problems with it that never crossed my mind before.

Musing Mondays (July 2)

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Musing Mondays is a weekly meme/ event held by Should Be Reading where bloggers are asked to answer a question about books, reading habits ect.

This weeks musing is:

When you’re stuck for a book to read next, what do you do?

My answer is that it is sort of different every time.  Sometimes I take time away from reading – usually about a week.  I find that that can clear my mind.  Most of the time I spend a couple of days looking through my to be read pile and fish something out that is different from what I’ve just read.  Then other times, if I am lucky I go and buy new books!   Usually I prepare a list on One Note of books that I am going to buy and because I only buy two/three times a year I get really excited and that ends the slump.  New books in my experience are the best way 🙂

Musing Mondays (June 25)

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I haven’t done this for a couple of weeks – mainly because when the mood takes me I don’t go on the computer for a few days.

Musing Mondays is a weekly event held by Should Be Reading where bloggers are asked to answer a question about books. This weeks musing is:

Do you set goals for yourself, while reading? For example, “I want to get this book finished this weekend“, or “I will read __ pages today“, etc. Why, or why not?

I do set unofficial mini-goals that I rarely seem to meet.  I think it depends on what I’m attempting to read at the time.  If it is a book I’m in love with then the mini-goal usually will be completed and then some.  If it is a book that I only sort of like then it can be a struggle.  Or if it is a book that is say, a classic and it is difficult to read then I might stick to my goal or have to make the mini-goals smaller.  For example, years ago when I read The Lord of the Rings I read it ever day, and it took me I think a couple of months.  I read very little of it each day, but it is embarrassing.  My nerd-cred just took a nose dive with that confession.  I don’t know why it took so long because I loved reading it but I think I found some of the language difficult.  Ironically, I read Wuthering Heights in about three days the first time and Jane Eyre in a couple of weeks and I was younger when I read those two.  Anyways I’m rambling… 🙂

I guess overall I’m not a goal person.  I might say that I’d like to do a certain amount, but I rarely take it seriously.  Reading wouldn’t be much fun if I made it into a chore.

Musing Mondays (June 4)

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Musing Mondays is a blog event hosted by Should Be Reading every week where readers are asked to answer a question on all things books.

This week’s question is:

Do you have a reading goal for the year, such as __ books? Why or why not?

This is a question that I have a lot to say about.  At the start of the year I decided to do the 50 Book Challenge and even put up some posts about it.  I was doing very well – I was a 23/50 by the start of May.  The thing is, I also wanted to read books that were out of my comfort zone – so I decided to try ‘War and Peace’ by Leo Tolstoy, mainly because I liked ‘Anna Karenina’ when I read it years ago.  ‘War and Peace’ is huge and it has super tiny writing – so small that I actually think it could damage the eyes.  I didn’t want to fall behind on my progress.   In what I can only call a fit of madness, I ear-marked what you would call destination points in the book that I would have to reach while reading other books and in-between other books.  Then I think it just hit me that I was taking this too seriously.  I remembered how reading used to be – back when I read a wider variety of books and didn’t see them as mountains to climb.  I wrote a post about relaxing a bit.

I’m not saying that reading challenges are bad.  I think that they have some good points – they make you focus on reading and help you to discover new stuff.  I just don’t think that reading challenges suit me anymore.  I like to take my time and while I was doing the reading challenge I found that it would become more about numbers for me then the enjoyment I got from reading the books.  I admire the people who can stop that line blurring, but I just can’t.

Change will Come

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This is a bit of a weird one, but I’ve decided to give blogging another go.  I missed it! Which came as a surprise, but anyways… So far I’ve decided that this new blog is actually an amalgamation of sorts between I Remember Delight (my book blog) and Carved by the Shadows which was a blog I had about living with depression and agroaphobia months ago.

 I’ve imported from Blogger to WordPress, but that is the least of the changes I want to make to this blog.  I want to post more often, but not compromise my reading.  So I’m not going to just stick to just book blogging.  I just can’t read that fast.  I have a lot of respect for those who can.

Also, and this is probably the biggest reason for my return, I now have a camera.  I’m so excited as to what I’m going to do with it… my family are camera allergic so I have to be creative here!

January Prompt – A Classics Challenge

The above is a picture of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, famously known as Lewis Carroll, the author of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’.  He was born on 27 January 1832 in England, and he lived there all his life, only leaving once to go on a trip to Russia with a friend.  He also wrote the sequel to ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ called ‘Through the Looking Glass’, and also the less acclaimed novel ‘Sylvie and Bruno’.  Carroll was several things throughout his life – such as a mathamtician, lecturer, novelest, photographer.  He liked to invent things, like a writing tablet that you could use at night.  He also liked to illustrate his unpublished manuscripts – he even did it with Alice, but he then hired a real illustrator once the book was going to be published.  Scattered throughout the post areexamples of his handwriting/drawing skills, in my opinion they look cute.

 
Carroll wrote in a genre called Literary Nonesense.  It was a genre that I’d never heard of before.  I found ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ an interesting text to read.  I feel that I would have loved and tresured the book, if only I’d read it as a child. The book is very dreamlike, I don’t know if I am spoiling it by saying that it was all a dream.  I admired that the book and the way it was written played this straight – it felt like a dream, and had the logic of a dream.  So ironically it was quite realistic.  Even though it is all supposed to be a load of nonesense sometimes Alice would say or do something that I found quite profound.  Here’s an example:

‘But I don’t want to go among mad people,’ Alice remarked.’Oh, you can’t help that,’ said the Cat: ‘we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.’How do you know I’m mad?’ said Alice.’You must be,’ said the Cat, ‘or you wouldn’t have come here.’

I think Lewis Carroll wrote for his own amusement.  He wrote a lot, but only published something if he thought it was extra special.  ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ was well recieved and popular when it was published.  It was rumoured that the Queen at the time loved it so much that she wanted him to dedicate his next book to her.   Over the years it has been loved by lots of people and studied by many as well.  There have been many adaptations of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ over the years, some of which I have enjoyed such as the recent Syfy version.

This post was made in responce to Novembers Autumn’s post which can be found here. 

   

The Sir Terry Pratchett Reading Challenge 2012

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Like I said in my ‘A Classics Challenge’ post, I don’t want to overdo the challenges I sign up for next year.  But this challenge is totally different.  This challenge is a work of genius.  I, like so many others love the Discworld to bits.  I like to read other stuff too, but I seriously have not gone a year without some Discworld since I learnt about them.  I can hardly go half a year, let alone a year.  I just love the Discworld so much.  I actually went through my library’s collection in the space of a summer. 
I always keep three/four Discworld novels around in case I need them.  I currently have – Thud!, Guards! Guards!, Carpe Jugulum, and Equal Rites on my To Be Read pile.  I also want to get The Wee Free Men somehow, and probably Snuff too – but I’m not much of a fan of the Watch books. 
I found out about this challenge through The Written Word.  It is hosted by Once Upon a Time.  As you can tell I am really excited.  Probably too excited. I can’t wait for this to start, so that I can get to reading, but also because it will be great to take part with a group, because I’ll get to read what other people think of the books and it will be a bit like a community (hopefully).

Anyways, I’m going to go and calm down now lol.