After a couple of very stressful months, we decided to load the family up and head to the Gulf for a few days. We have a very special island we go to a couple times each year that just nourishes all of our souls (making the two days on the beach worth the two days of driving!) Excluding the few fishermen who hang out by the rocks and the island wildlife, we have the entire island to ourselves. We spend hours picking up shells, building sand castles, swimming, and just soaking up the beauty. Every time I sit there watching the sunrise -- waves washing over my legs, my kids playing behind me -- it reminds me of ee cummings' maggie and milly and molly and may:
went down to the beach to play one day
and maggie discovered a shell that sang
so sweetly she couldn't remember her troubles, and
milly befriended a stranded star
whose rays five languid fingers were;
and molly was chased by a horrible thing
which raced sideways while blowing bubbles: and
may came home with a smooth round stone
as small as a world and as large as alone.
For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it's always ourselves we find in the sea
Our mini-vacation has left me feeling very refreshed but also a little lazy... I'm still on coastal time. Next week will be a little on the light side with only three reviews:
On Tuesday will be Burn Mark by Laura Powell, which, to be truthful, should have already been posted LONG ago. It was such an odd book for me... there were parts that I really loved, and others that I really didn't.
On Wednesday I will be posting the review for Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. I loved this book. Even though each of the books are quite different, I would put Anna Dressed in Blood with the Curse Workers books, Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, and I Hunt Killers on my quirky-fun-male-protagonist-books-i-love shelf. I also love it for all the reasons I love Supernatural (which I may or may not have been re-watching on Netflix).
On Thursday I will finally post my review for Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan. I have been sitting on this review forever. I cannot even begin to say how much I loved it. My love for Unspoken is all wrapped up in my love Mary Stewart and gothic novels; but it is more than that as well. Unspoken is funny and smart and fresh...and I should be saving this for the review!
That's it for me. What are you reading this week?