As I was saying yesterday , this year I took my spring break (well , spring break is when teens go a bit crazy right ? so I feel it may be used here to describe these turtles’s spring breakdowns 😉 ) by the horns so to say .
And while I still did turn off – I believe that we must listen to our bodies and our mind is a part of our bodies at least in my book it is , and indulge their screams for attention being it to slow down , sleep more , or eat better – I did take some measures in order to have an easier and faster time when rebooting or climbing up .
What did I do different this time around to not let my mind go completely mush whilst down in the funk , and not disconnect myself totally from the world and to make it easier to climb out of the hole ?
Got myself reading , all the time I wasn’t sleeping I was reading (or trying to) and so a lot of books strolled before my eyes .
Although on the first days I couldn’t force myself to read for long or pay attention to anything ( me , the one that loves to read couldn’t keep my eyes straight and read one sentence without having to go back and reread it) but I kept on trying and managed to read a little bit more everyday .
(but I’m afraid all the reading did not do much for my ability – or lack thereof – to write , as I see myself battling the same difficulties , namely repeating the same words over and over , and starting almost every other sentence with “and” , so please do correct me and give me pointers whenever and wherever you feel like it . I do appreciate it and thank you 🙂 )
Still , I doubt I remember anything I read the first few days , but that is quite all right I can always read these books again , and the main objective was attained .
And what did I read ? Anything that came my way , and I just kept at it as if going through a bag of chips … munch munch munch … without thinking much about it .
Surely this list might come as a bit strange but these were the books I had access to and they kept me awake and entertained , even if I would have not chosen some of them in a different situation 😉
To start with , one of my nieces got Stieg Larsson’s 3rd book of the Millennium Trilogy for Christmas and was so excited about it that I , who had never paid much attention to all the buzz about his books got interested and she gladly lent me the first two to “initiate” me . Although I didn’t like the first book for the first half of it (but pressed on , I rarely do give up on any book) Lisbeth Salander’s personality started to capture me , and I read the second book of the series in two nights . Then I had to wait for my niece to finish the 3rd one and when she “released” it , I was already in my deep funk . So , The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” and then the fourth book on the series “The Girl in The Spider’s Web” by David Lagercrantz , were the first ones I read while battling my fuzzy head . That might be why I didn’t like the fourth one so much and not only because it wasn’t actually written by Larsson .
Then I read “After You” by Jojo Moyes because I had read “Me Before You” a few weeks before , and this one that I had high hopes for , was a bit of a let down as sequels tend to be .
Because I was feeling a bit let down by that book and did not have a new one that day , and needed good and interesting reading to keep me “awake” I went to my stack of Daniel Silva’s and reread “The Confessor” and then “The Secret Servant” … ah ! those are good but then I am a bit partial to Daniel Silva you know 🙂
Next “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah landed on my hands and let me tell you that is not a book you want to read if you’re not feeling ok … cried buckets with it and the feelings of sadness and despair hang on to me for a few days .
But then my daughter insisted I read “All The Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr … still occupied France during WWII but oh what a difference . That is a beautiful book that I enjoyed a lot and lifted my spirits .
Ken Follet came next as I had never read anything by him and was a bit curious .
Don’t forget that I was on this mission of keeping awake/mildly interested in something but at the same time with not much energy to do anything . Spending whole days reading and not budging much served my purposes . Therefore I indulged in :
Fall of Giants , Winter of The World , Eye of The Needle , The Modigliani Scandal , Paper Money , Triple , The Key to Rebecca , The Man from St.Petersburg , On Wings of Eagles , Lie Down with Lions , Night Over Water , A Dangerous Fortune , A Place Called Fortune , The Third Twin , The Hammer of Eden , Code to Zero , Jackdaws , Hornet Flight , Whiteout .
And I liked most of them , some more so than others . They kept me entertained and I learned some history facts that weren’t very clear for me before . Some of these were pretty big books with 800 pages or more but so captivating that I kept devouring them .
Because I had never read anything by Jeffrey Archer he was next with
“Sons of Fortune” , “A Matter of Honour” , and “A Prisoner of Birth” . I still have a few of his but I’m getting a bit tired of the genre and probably will put a stop now to this gorging in books , and pay a little more attention to the real stories around me 😉
This should and could be a much better post with links to the books but I’m kind of taking it easy in getting back to blogging , especially in the tech stuff ( you know how it scares me , and even trying something as simple as putting in these small pictures took forever ) , and for now I just want to start writing and connecting with you . Gals and Guys did I miss you 🙂
Also , with the slow internet connection I have if I put in too many links this post would probably never take off .
I know there’s something else I wanted to mention but I can’t remember … seems all the reading wasn’t enough to keep the mush completely away … maybe I should have gotten a bit of fresh air too .
Turtle Hugs ❤