I’m so excited to be a part of this new blog. Many thanks to Vicki Hinze who brought us all together. In this world filled with millions of blogs its hard to think of something new and fresh to say. So I dispensed with my effort to say something brilliant today and just went with my heart. I admit, I started out with something else in mind for this post, but a beloved book sitting on the shelf drew my attention and I changed direction.
I recently took a break from reading books from my large to-be-read pile, which, these days includes hundreds of books on my Kindle. I spend so much time reading for review, contests or research, or to see what’s the latest, greatest in the Christian market, that I don’t often get to read for pleasure.
That’s not to say that I haven’t enjoyed the novels I’ve read, but sometimes I’d like to read a book because I want to. Not because I have to. Can you relate?
So what did I pick for my reading pleasure? An oldie but goodie. The Song of Albion Trilogy by Stephen Lawhead—one story spread over three novels: The Paradise War, The Silver Hand, The Endless Knot. The trilogy is set around Anglo-Celtic mythology. This was my second time to read this tale, and like any fiction addict who reads a story they love, I was a little down when it ended. In fact, I prolonged reading the last half of the last book, putting that off for a few days. I didn’t want to leave the story world. Am I pathetic or what?
I love Lawhead’s lyrical prose and thought-provoking nuggets, but especially so in Song of Albion. In case you can’t tell, fantasy is my first love when it comes to fiction genres. However, I’ve strayed far from that over the last several years for reasons I’ve already mentioned.
Thankfully, Lawhead has started a new series (Bright Empires). The Skin Map released last year and I’m about to start on The Bone House, which just released this month. In the fashion only Lawhead can pull off well, the science fiction and fantasy are blended into what he likes to call imaginative fiction, if I remember correctly.
The same day I received The Bone House, I also received Steven James’s latest, The Queen. I purchased The Queen because I read The Bishop—my first experience with James. I have to say, I was impressed.
Maybe I’ll share my thoughts regarding those books next time.
So many books, too little time. So. . .what’s your reading pleasure?