Sunday, July 25, 2010

Reevaluting My Reading

For a few months now, I've felt that I need to be more careful when choosing reading material. I am very much saddened by the amount of profanity, casual sex, violence and overall moral decay in most of today's literature. Recently, I was reading In the Woods by Tana French. By most standards it is a pretty tame murder mystery, but every time I picked it up I felt sick to my stomach and just KNEW I shouldn't be reading it. I finally decided to stop after I was about half-way through. The level of profanity in the novel was unacceptable and unnecessary.
A few days ago I watched a talk on the BYU channel given by the Young Women General Presidency at this year's Women's Conference. Titled "A Return to Virtue", Sister Dalton, Sister Dibb and Sister Cook presented a powerful case for LDS women to be examples of virtue to the world. Sister Dalton's talk, especially, really made me think about the movies, tv shows, music and books that I ingest. For the most part, I avoid movies and tv shows that are not virtuous, but since I live for books, I do end up reading far too many novels that don't meet my standards. I usually justify this as necessary for my job, but I don't really need to read all of the most popular novels. Just to know what they're about is enough, I believe.
This is all a round about way of saying that I am going to raise my standards for reading material from now on. I know I will miss out on a lot of "trendy" novels and, to be honest, it will be a sacrifice for me. Most of my life, I've read whatever I wanted. Now, I feel I must read books that will help me, or at least won't damage, my goal of being a virtuous woman. Will you join me in this endeavor?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Taking a Break

I've decided to take a break from reading young adult novels. I need maturity and no dystopian, future world, post-apocalyptic nonsense for a while! I'm craving good, solidly written, lyrical novels that I can somewhat relate to. I've also once again resolved to not buy any more books from Barnes & Noble. So, I'm taking advantage of BookMooch and recently put 500 books on my wishlist! I'll be reading whatever free books come my way from them. It will be very random and will probably expand my reading horizons. This week I received The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende, A Ship Made of Paper by Scott Spencer and Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates. I have 18 more books coming my way. Now my only problem is where to put all of them! I'll post my recent Savers finds later this week.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Grave Series

I just read the first three books in the Grave Series by Charlaine Harris. I like them better than the Sookie Stackhouse books in some ways, and less in others. It seemed kind of like the same book three times in a lot of ways. It talks about how they like to get in, do the job, then get out, but three cases in a row they get stuck there until the case gets solved. It always goes on and on about their reluctance and how they want to get out of town. But, they were much cleaner than the Sookie Stackhouse books. Only the third one was a bit graphic. I would like to read the fourth one if I can get a hold of it. Sorry this is a short review. I know both Niesa and Anbo have read these so I didn't see much need for synopsis, just my opinion. And I am in a bad mood today so I probably would not be able to say anything good anyway.