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Christmas Spirit Readathon and Reading Challenge

I have been participating in a readathon this week, even though I didn't get around to posting about it. My blogging has been pretty ridiculous lately! Sorry about that. The Christmas Spirit Readathon was hosted by Michelle at Seasons of Reading and it's always a fun readathon to join. I read one Christmas book and one book that happened to include a few scenes during Christmas. I'm also planning to finish off the readathon with a few Christmas picture books this evening.
The one Christmas book I read was A War of Gifts by Orson Scott Card. It's a novella related to his Ender Games series. The other book I read this week was Faithful Place by Tana Francis. It's book three of a series of which I've only read one other book, which actually comes later in the series. But I find that her books stand alone quite well.

My daughter read the Elf on the Shelf book to the whole family earlier this evening, and we plan to read more Christmas books tonight. So I'll do…

Book Review: The Art of Language Invention by David J. Peterson

Have you ever thought about the languages we read in novels or hear spoken in movies and television shows? Not the languages that are spoken in our world, but rather the languages that only exist in the fictional world. I must admit I hadn't given this a great deal of thought before, but it turns out that there are people whose job it is to invent these languages. I personally find this fascinating. David J. Peterson is one such person, a master language creator who has invented languages for television, film and novels, including the languages Valyrian and Dothraki for the HBO series Game of Thrones.

In The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building, Peterson delivers a creative guide to language construction. With chapters on sounds, words, language evolution and the written word, he brings the reader deep into the world of linguistics and language structure. He gets into the details of sound systems, intonations, grammatical gend…

Week in Review

It's Monday and I'm finally sharing another recap of my reading after two weeks. I just can't seem to get back into the rhythm of blogging. I keep thinking I will at some point but then another week goes by and I don't manage to post anything! I did write one review last week. It was of the novel After You by Jojo Moyes. If you've read Me Before You, go ahead and read my review. If you haven't, you probably don't want to read my review just yet.

Reading
I have been focusing on nonfiction for Nonfiction November, which means slow-going when it comes to reading. I finished Quiet by Susan Cain, which I really enjoyed. I need to find time to write my review. Now I'm reading The Art of Language Invention by David J. Peterson, which is interesting but I find myself skimming it a bit since much of it is written as a manual for people who are creating languages. It is quite fascinating, though.

Once I'm done with that, I may be done with Nonfiction November…

Book Review: After You by Jojo Moyes

In After You, Jojo Moyes continues the story she began in her bestseller Me Before You. I try not to include spoilers in my book reviews, but when reviewing a sequel, it's sometimes impossible to avoid spoiling the previous book. Therefore, if you haven't read Me Before You, please stop reading this review now. It's an amazing book, so you should go out and read it now. You can even read my review without worrying about spoilers. If you have read Me Before You, please read on to hear some of my thoughts of After You.

After You picks up about a year and a half after the previous book ends. Louisa Clark is back in London working a crappy job and trying to figure out what to do with her life. She's falling back into her old ways and feeling guilty for not doing more with her life as Will had wanted for her. She attends a support group full of unique characters who are all struggling with loss and grief. There she learns a bit about herself and her feelings, and makes conn…

Week in Review and Readathon Recap

It's late, but it's still Monday! I hope you had a great week. I've been trying to find more time to read and blog, but I'm still struggling to balance the blog and the day-to-day life. It's something I'm hoping to work out a bit better in 2016! In any event, we had a great time celebrating Halloween here. We usually go all out. Our street is one of those that people drive in to on Halloween, and we had about 400 kids. It was a lot of fun.

Reviews and Blog Posts
Travel the World in Books Readathon
Book Review: The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

Reading
I participated in the Travel the World in Books Readathon hosted by several bloggers including Tanya at Mom's Small Victories. It took place from October 18 - 31. During that time, I read After You by Jojo Moyes and The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbrait/J.K. Rowling. Both take place in Europe.

I am now reading Quiet by Susan Cain for Nonfiction November.

C has been reading through the Inheritance Cycle s…