Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time is a story that takes place both in our past and our future. In his fantasy world, the Dark One, the embodiment of pure evil, is breaking free from his prison. The overall plot is about a man who learns that he is the reincarnation of the world’s messiah and is once again destined to save the world from the Dark One — but possibly destroy it in the process. This saga is not only his story, but the story of an entire world’s struggle to deal with war and change, destruction and hope. May the Dragon ride again on the winds of time. (via) I began reading The Wheel of Time series in 2006. I finally finished it yesterday. “Finish WOT” has been on so many of my to do lists over the past few years (including being officially listed in my 26 Things …

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I’ve finished six books since July 8, 2012! #10 is complete! Here’s what I ended up reading: Ender’s Shadow (Book 5 of the Ender’s Game series), Orson Scott Card Shadow of the Hegemon (Book 6 of the Ender’s Game series), Orson Scott Card Shadow Puppets (Book 7 of the Ender’s Game series), Orson Scott Card Shadow of the Giant (Book 8 of the Ender’s Game series), Orson Scott Card Lord of Chaos (Book 6 of The Wheel of Time series), Robert Jordan A Crown of Swords (Book 7 of The Wheel of Time series), Robert Jordan I ended up reading all of the “Bean Quartet” (the Ender’s Shadow series), and two more books from The Wheel of Time series. These are two series I’ve been working through on and off for a few years now. I am absolutely TERRIBLE at book reviews and other than saying “Yeah, if you’re into science fiction/fantasy, you should read it” …

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Spring is here (at least for right this second; we’re “expecting snow” towards this weekend — blech!!) and I’ve been keeping busy. What free time I rustle up, I try to spend it catching up on the book I’m reading, spring-cleaning the house, and spending time with Brian… Since I can’t seem to spend any quality time with my computer, other than to help the golf range with their website, here are a few snapshots from the past few days: What’s been going on in your life?


I’ve finished my first whole book since my birthday in July – book one of six done! Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card is the first book in the secondary series of the Ender saga.  It follows one of Ender’s “jeesh”, Bean, through his story parallel to Ender’s Game.  I think I like it better than Ender’s Game, but only because it feels as though the author found a more cohesive stride whilst writing this.  In Shadow, he was sure in his intent as well as the finished product, while Game feels more like a “Let’s try it and see how it does.” I’ve already started the next book – Shadow of the Hegemon – and I feel that Bean’s overall story is already more captivating than Ender’s. xo Ashley


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This afternoon, I finished the book I was reading, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. I bought the book based on one quote I came across on the internet.  The quote I actually found was paraphrased from this book, but the meaning behind it is what really struck me and caused me to hunt for its original source. She wants to know if I love her, that’s all anyone wants from anyone else, not love itself but the knowledge that love is there, like new batteries in the flashlight in the emergency kit in the hall closet. Several small things throughout the book clung to my heart, and I highlighted as I went. You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness. “The boy asked the girl to say ‘I love you’ into her can, giving her no further explanation. “And she didn’t ask for any, or say ‘That’s silly,’ …

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I’m currently reading Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer. It’s one of those books that you keep reading & reading because it’s so captivating, yet you put down because it gives you “heavy boots.” It ties several family members’ stories together, piecing decades of experiences into a charmingly jumbled tale. I believe it was turned into a movie with Tom Hanks in it, so I plan to sit down with that when I’m finished with the book. xo Ashley