I'm back again. It's been a hard summer, starting out with my husband and my losing our baby. I was due in November and the closer I get to the due date the more I don't understand why it happened. But I guess the fact remains that it simply did, and we'll never know why. This was my fourth pregnancy, third loss, and quite honestly, I don't know if I can go through it again. Right now, I'm just enjoying spending time with my husband and 3-year-old son and learning to stop fighting circumstances so much.
We had been wanting to move since last fall when my husband got a new and better job 60 miles away. We were able to this summer and it has eliminated a lot of stress. We were able to find a rental (I really don't want to own another house for a while, ha) out in the country and we're surrounded by horses and steer and wild turkeys. My son is thrilled. It felt like home immediately and we really like it here. The town we're right outside of is Chanute, KS, hometown of the explorers of sorts Osa and Martin Johnson, in case you've ever heard of them. There is a fantastic library in town (which is where I am right now) that has amazing librarians and a wonderful selection of books.
I've been reading a lot over the summer and have discovered some great books and authors. One that particularly sticks out in my memory is The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It is fantastic. Part suspense, part literary fiction, part Gothic novel, part philosophy... you get the idea. I couldn't put it down and stayed up way too late finishing it. I've also started reading more Young Adult because, well, there is a magic about many YA books that isn't present in a lot of Adult fiction. And I miss the magic. One series I've been enjoying is Angie Sage's books about Septimus Heap. Okay, they're light and meant for kids but it's my party and I'll read what I want to ;) I also recently read the first The Mysterious Benedict Society book, the first Percy Jackson and the first The Sisters Grimm. They were reasonably good and I'll probably continue reading them out of curiosity (and because I love the illustrations from The Mysterious Benedict Society and The Sisters Grimm series, ha).
I greatly appreciate that you all have stuck around and I look forward to reviewing again. I'll post again soon!