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Summer Synopsis

15 Aug

Is it really mid-August already? I can hardly believe that the end of summer is nearly upon us. Other than having an amazing 25th birthday in June, here’s what I’ve been up to.

outdoorsMore so than in summers past, I spent some time in the great outdoors. As you can tell, I lost a few days beach bumming with several books during the first half of the summer. The time alone with the all-loving sun kissing my skin felt renewing and restful. Apparently, I posted about my beach endeavors on social media so much that my best friend felt it necessary to buy me a proper outdoor blanket. I am eternally grateful.

animal friendsI made some friends in the animal kingdom. The photo on the left is showing a hug I received from a dog upon our first meeting at a block party. After the photo, she nestled her snout in my neck for a bit. It’s beautiful to see how loving and caring our canine friends can be–even if they don’t know us at all. They’re always willing to give us the benefit of the doubt. The photos on the right show a fawn in our yard. The amazing part being that this is the closest I have ever been able to get to a baby deer. Usually they run away before I can get within ten yards (maybe I don’t have the quietest step).

Craft BeerI had more than my fair share of local craft beer this summer. I even had the honor of attending the Crooked Ladder Brewing Company’s opening weekend and received a private tour from the owner. Although a good beer never really has a season for an enthusiast like me, nothing beats kicking back with a cold one on a warm summer day.

Sookie StackhouseLastly, I managed to drag out my reading of the last Sookie Stackhouse book, Dead Ever After, for the majority of the summer. I did the same thing with the Harry Potter series…And the Twilight Series…And the Hunger Games series. Do we see a pattern here? The most unique part of this reading experience; however, is that I was able to read the book while simultaneously following HBO’s True Blood (based on the Sookie Stackhouse books…but I bet you already knew that). It was almost worse than that time during my senior year of college when I had to read two different Jane Austen novels for two different courses at the same time. Holy confusion.

But getting back to Sookie, since I spaced out my reading, and sometimes read the book the same night as watching the HBO series, I was one befuddled Lit Geek. There were so many times that I wanted to blame Warlow in Dead Ever After, and then realized a page or two later that this conclusion made no sense. Although confusing, it was both challenging and interesting to balance the two plots.

What did you do this summer?

Dead Reckoning

21 Jun

Just when I thought Charlaine Harris was through with the Sookie Stackhouse we all know on paper here comes Dead Reckoning. I mean after all Ms. Harris must be busy with the hit HBO series, True  Blood, which is (loosely?) based on her sci-fi romance series…

Allow me a brief review dear readers–it’s a perfect beach read (much like the rest of the series). Not as decadent as the rest of the books, the eleventh installation still leaves Ms. Harris enough room to create many more installments. At the conclusion of the novel, readers are left seriously contemplating the turbulence of Sookie’s love life. Cute blondes who are part fairy are people too after all, right? It’s perfectly normal to sympathize with them.

As previously mentioned, Sookie’s constant descent into the supernatural world cannot be considered serious literature (forgive the category dear readers!), but instead serves as a delicious guilty pleasure for poolside tanning or some pre-r.e.m. entertainment.  Let this serve as my fair warning…

In other news, stop by charlaineharris.com to see details on how you can have a character named after you in the 12th book.  Just pray your character doesn’t die, as that tends to happen to many characters in this series.

Post-grad Apologies

15 Jun

Dearest readers,

I apologize for my lack of updates lately. After graduation I fell ill again (big surprise…right?), and then immediately began the job search journey. I’m currently unsuccessful in that venture, but it certainly is time-consuming for such a fruitless activity.

Since I am thus far unemployed, I hope to update you all on some good reads. Presently I am finishing off the Sookie Stackhouse series (what HBO’s True Blood is based off of). This type of reading is not intended for a serious literary pursuit. Sookie Stackhouse is the typical “beach read.” It’s what you take out in the backyard with you when you feel like tanning poolside or what you read around bed time to wind down from the day’s activities.

Actress Anna Paquin takes on the role of "heroine" Sookie Stackhouse in HBO's series True Blood

At its best, the series is like those trashy romance novels meet some Anne Rice books. Although this sci-fi romance appears like “dumbed down” literature, I have to admit that it becomes pretty addictive.

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