Pluviophile Mama

a lover of rain;someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days.

Can We Be Friends? — January 16, 2022

Can We Be Friends?

When I read I like to be completely submerged in the story. I like to feel like I’m apart of that world. I think its the commercial for Audible where the people are sitting in a lawn chair or at a desk with their headphones on and after a moment the world around them changes like they are in the story. Its my favorite commercial and I like commercials. Yup I said it. I’m a fan of SOME commercials. Sadly you have to watch them all to get the good ones.

Anyway, those are my favorite stories. But it goes beyond that for some books. There are stories and characters I read about and think “I think we would be best friends” or sometimes “my goodness, I’d love to hang out with these people/characters”. Sometimes its surprising the ones I want to hang out with. Its not always the main character. Those are my favorites.

The Thirteen~ from Throne of Glass. They are terrifying and amazing and they are fiercely loyal to each other. It’s something to strive for in friendships. I also like the idea of being so powerful. I’d like to be one of them not just be a human who’s friends with them. Although I’d take what I can get.

Ravenclaw House~ from Harry Potter. Thats right I’d be a Ravenclaw and I’m proud of it. I believe Luna Lovegod was in RavenClaw and I love her. She’s quirky and weird but has really gone through some stuff in life and I feel like we’d be good friends.

Evelyn Hugo~ from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Tell me you don’t want to hang out with her and I’ll call you a liar. She seemed so fabulous and fun!! But I think both sides of her seemed awesome. When she was in glamours mode and staying low at home.

Daisy Jones & the Six ~ yup the whole band. I want to be on tour with them. I want to be apart of it all. Sex, drugs, and rock & roll. I’m not a drug girl so I’m not saying I’d participate in all the shenanigans but I’d love to hang out in that time period and see it all. Going on tour with them would be a bucket list trip of a lifetime.

The Other Einstein~ by Marie Benedict I don’t actually want to meet Albert Einstein. After reading this book I’m convinced he was a total jackass. I want to be friends with his first wife. The forgotten one. I want to shake her and tell her to stay away from him. Keep studying and even though it feels like it wouldn’t matter then it really will one day. This book was interesting to me. I know it’s not a memoir of her but I could all of it being real.

I’m extremely blessed to have the group of friends and even really great acquaintances. My freak life group of people is very close to being as exciting as the characters in my books. I love that I get to spend time with both!

Bookish Community — March 1, 2019

Bookish Community

It’s no secret that I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole of the book club community. I’ve jumped in head first and drank the Kool-Aid. How ever  you want to say it, I’m obsessed.

It never occurred to me before to keep track of the books I’ve read or even count the number of books I’ve read in a month or year. I’m on book number 11 of this year which shocks me. I’ve kept track of the ones I’ve read along with a short review which is going to be so helpful because I often forget which ones I’ve read until I’m a few chapters in and have wasted my time.

So not only am I the person who journals, I’m now the person who book journals! Yup I can feel my husbands eyes rolling from across town right now. He’s doesn’t care. I do it in the morning when he’s at work. He can complain when I start putting on audio books for him to hear. Which is coming soon I’m going to find a good sports one and he’ll be sucked in and love audio books. Even I don’t believe that but its good to put good energy like that out in the world!

I’ve always loved the idea of Jane Austen. I want to have read her everything she’s written. Turns out I can’t. I tried reading Emma and it’s just so hard! I feel stupid. I wouldn’t even be admitting this if I hadn’t found a way around it! Jane Austen on Audio book!!! Someone on the Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club suggested that I listen to it if I was having a hard time reading it. I wish I could find the thread so I could thank her! Maybe even buy her a thank you audio book. That’s how much it changed the book for me.

I finished The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty on audio book and loved it. I have a big crazy family and yet still love reading about other big crazy families. The family story mixed with a murder mystery was so enjoyable. I appreciated the message that all families have secrets and not everything is as it seems. The postpartum story in there threw me for a bit of a loop and I empathized with her much more than I would have thought. I give it 4 stars and highly recommend it.

Also still working on The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim. Really enjoying it but the book is from the library and is shaped weird. So I’m having a hard time reading at night and its uncomfortable to carry around. I’m blaming my slow reading of it on all of that. I am enjoying it. The story of 4 women who escape to a Villa in Italy is right up my alley and only fueling my wonderlust. Time to book a trip.

Because I can’t be anywhere without a book and the other one is weird shaped I am also reading Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful by Stephanie Wittels Wachs. The story of her brother’s death and heroin addiction. Not something I would normally read but I’m branching out. Thanks to this new bookish community. (I’m not even sure I’m using the term “bookish” correctly. Someone help if you know!) It’s encouraging me to expand my reading material and I happened to have listened to the author on a podcast and it sounded like something I could get into. I’m flying through it. Never thought I’d be so caught up in someone elses grief. I can’t put it down. I read this one till midnight last night.

So that’s my week of reading so far. Oh I bought stationary so if anyone is looking for a kinda crazy pen pal let me know! I’m ready!

3 SERIES 1 ME — February 15, 2019

3 SERIES 1 ME

I’m currently in the middle of reading 3 different series.

I’ve read the first two books in the Everything We Keep series.

I’ve read the first book in the To All The Boy’s I’ve Loved Before Series.

I’m currently on book 4 of the Red Queen Series. You can tell which one kept my attention the longest. Actually that’s not true. The Red Queen series was just the most easily accessible from the library. I’ve had to search or wait for the other ones. I wonder where Rylan gets her impatience.

I’m not as much of a young adult fan as this list suggests but I’m enjoying the Red Queen (now on War Storm) much more than I thought I would. It’s very Hunger Games, Divergent, mixed with some fantasy aspects. I like it.

I like that after the first story she bounces around from different characters point of view. It adds some depth that I appreciate especially in a series. I’m not sick of the characters the way you sometimes get when you read 3-4 books with the same persons voice.

The anyone can betray anyone line carries over from the first book and its such a powerful statement, I have clung to it reading the books. I’ve read them all on my kindle and started one right after the other so honestly I couldn’t separate one book from the other! Its one gigantic book to me right now.

My biggest problem with it is that it makes me want to run. I really love the way she describes her love of running and it makes me want to get back into it. Also makes me want to train to fight to the death. All good things to help get me in shape right? Except I don’t want to stop reading to go do all the work out things its inspiring me to do. Book nerd problems.

The Everything We Keep series is really good as well. She finds herself on her wedding day at her fiance funeral instead. It goes through her trying to heal while getting messages that her fiancé is alive and in Mexico. I like the emotional ride of “what would I do in that situation” because I really don’t know. I kept trying to talk to Pat about it but he doesn’t care. I think there’s only been 2 books he’s ever asked follow-up questions about.

The second book is Everything We Left Behind. I actually enjoyed it even more than the first one. I can’t wait to read the 3rd book but feel like the second one wrapped everything up pretty nicely for me. I’m not sure where they are going to go from here.

To All The Boys I loved Before is very young adult. It really took me back to my high school days and how everything felt so monumental and each “relationship” was the beginning or end of the world. It was a fun trip down memory lane but I’m not sure I have the need to finish the series. It was a nice easy beach read but when I look at my list of book I want to read the rest of the series falls pretty low on the list.

***GOOD NEWS***

We got our generator in so if we lose power again, we won’t lose power! Also there’s another snow storm on its way. Pretty sick to death of the snow but super happy it rained all night and this morning its almost dark out and still pouring down rain.

It went from feeling like a shower to now its turned my back yard into a swamp. Guess what? I don’t care. I love this rain and the sound of it on our house. The 30 mile an hour wind I could do without. Waking up to see our front porch furniture on the other side of the house attacking Rylans playset was not fun. Then again I just left it there so it didn’t really matter… Don’t drive by my house right now its not pretty. But I’m inside cozy with my reading list so we’ll worry about it later!

 

 

 

 

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