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Reading Is For Awesome People…and Shannon’s Especially Awesome!

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Anyone who knows me knows that I love to read ALMOST as much as I love being behind the camera. Seriously, is there anything better than snuggling up on the couch with a soft blanket, a hot mocha or cool glass of lemonade, and a good book? The only person in the world who I think knows this better than me is my super-awesome sister Shannon. She’s my go-to gal when I’m looking for a new book for my Kindle, so I’ve invited her to join us once a month or so and clue us in on what she’s been reading. If it’s on her reading list, it should be on yours! So without further ado….here she is!

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Hi, everyone! My name is Shannon and I’m a book-aholic. I have spent all of my life (or a lot of it) with my nose buried in a book. When I was a teenager, I would happily reject plans from friends to curl up on my bed with a book. I always thought that books could take me further away than the plans of teenage friends. Yes…I was a little bit of an introvert. As I’ve gotten older, my love of books has not diminished. However, I have learned to add some balance in my life. Once you’re married and you have three kids, there isn’t nearly as much time to read as you would hope. When my sister Christa asked me to be a guest blogger for her, I was stoked! I get to read books and write about them. The second part of this kind of had me panicking for a moment…so I decided to (as Nike would say) “just do it”!

For my first contribution for the blog, I went back and forth and back and forth with what book I should write about. I have read so many and there are so many that I still have in my must-read list. And then I started thinking about an idea that has been bubbling around in my head for quite a while. What if I went back and reread some of the books that we had to read in school. (In my opinion, being made to read books in school is the best way to take any enjoyment out of the act of reading. I know that it is necessary but still…). So here goes…

The Giver by Lois Lowry: I remember having to read this book in middle school. This book is only 200 pages or so. It is something that can be read in very little time. (I remember that it took much longer in school. LOL!) The beginning of the story is presented as a utopian society. Gradually throughout the story, you realize that the “utopian society” is not necessarily the term that should be used to describe this story. I remember that in school I was able to read the book, do the work that went along with the book, and actually receive a decent grade to go along with it. I DON’T remember being so moved by the plight of the main character, Jonas. As an adult, I feel that I appreciated this book so much more than I did as a child. I would definitely recommend picking this book up and reading it even if you have read it before as an adolescent. I just think that there is so much more that this book has to offer an adult. So get going!

The Giver By Lois Lowry


Want to read it? Get your copy here!

And if you’ve already read it, be sure to leave Shannon a comment and let her know what you thought!

Reading Is for Awesome People

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately, which has been SO good for my soul. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been so great for the laundry and dishes that have been piling up, but oh well. Everybody needs a break from reality from time to time, and reading is mine. Anyway, in spite of Mt. Laundry, I’m still awesome, which I happen to know because my equally awesome sister says so. She even has it on a shirt, just like this one:

(Isn’t that the greatest shirt ever? You can get one for yourself or your own awesome sister friend at 🙂

I thought I’d share with you my latest adventures in reading, which of late have taken me from a 11 foot square room, to the distant future, and back to the Middle Ages. It’s so cool that just by opening a book, your mind can journey anywhere imaginable. LOVE IT!!!!

Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
If you know me, you know that 9 times out of 10, I’ll choose historical fiction. But this one was a book club selection, and while it doesn’t quite fit that genre, I’m awfully glad I read it. The book is about a mother and child who are forced to live in an 11′ x 11′ room, and it was absolutely fascinating. The story is told from the perspective of the five year old boy, and it was so interesting to take in this story, with all its ups and downs, through the eyes of a child. I hesitate to share too much of the plot as not to ruin the plot for you, but I will say that this book was a page turner, and I would highly recommend it!

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana DeRosnay
This was MY most recent book club choice, recommended to me by my amazing photographer friend, Tina of Tina LeAnn Photography. It’s set in modern day Paris, and tells the story of Julia, an American expatriate whose life becomes intertwined with the story of a 10 year old girl who lived in Occupied France during the time of the 1942 Velodrome D’Hiver roundup and deportation of thousands of Jewish families. This book moved me deeply, and I am sure that it will remain with me for a very, very long time.

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Okay, I know…I’m a little late on this one. It seems like everyone else in the world has already read this trilogy, but if you’re one of those who for some reason was living under a rock (like my former self), get  to your nearest book store or download these to your Kindle tout de suite. You will not be disappointed! The trilogy takes place in the future, when the world as we know it has been destroyed, and in its place is Panem, a land made up of thirteen “districts” and the Capitol city. As the stage is set, we learn that in the past, the districts unsuccessfully revolted against the Capitol, and as a reminder of the Capitol’s superiority, each district is required to send two “tributes” — one boy and one girl — to participate in the annual Hunger Games. The Hunger Games are all about survival of the fittest; there can only be ONE survivor. And from there, the story begins. I know it sounds grim, and it is, but these books are seriously amazing, entertaining, and thought provoking. LOVED THEM!!!

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
I LOVED burying my nose in this book, which is set in 12th century England, and centers around the building of the cathedral in the fictional town of Kingsbridge. It’s got everything you could want in a novel — the theme of good versus evil…romance…war. An amazingly good read, and while I’m probably no better for having read it (I can’t say that I’ve been profoundly changed for having read it, like I’d be willing to say of the other books I’ve discussed in this post), I was amply entertained and am looking forward to reading more of Mr. Follett’s work.

So, my reader friends and fellow AWESOME PEOPLE…if you’ve read any of these books, I’d love it if you’d share your thoughts in the comments! And definitely feel free to leave a comment with some of YOUR favorite reads…I’m always on the lookout for a good book!



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