Reading through Emotions: What’s in Your Kindle?

Today is one of those days where my only comfort is hours upon hours of kindle reading with a snuggly puppy at my side.

This afternoon I went to a friend’s memorial service, which was quite beautiful but absolutely heart breaking. I hate that I’m not better in these types of situations. I want so bad to bring comfort to my friend in her time of need, but I struggle to find the right words to say.

I’m reminded again of how important it is to spend time with our loved ones and to be there – not only in dark times but in happy times too. There are so many plans I never kept.I hope that I can get better at following through and being a good friend to the people I care about in my life. I never want to feel regret at the experiences I didn’t make time to have.

I hate that I’ve let my anxiety and various disorders at times get in the way of the things that I really want to do.

I know I have the power to change, and that rather than dwell on the past-I should just “do.”

A new minute is starting right now and I’m hoping my new leaf will stick this time.

Bah. Depression is the worst.

And so now I read.

The good news is that I’m finally 85% finished with Justin Cronin’s “The Passage,” which means I can finally move on with my life. I usually finish books within a week of starting them, so it was really disturbing to realize that I’ve been reading this book since before our backpacking trip in May, and barely made any progress until this last weekend.

I don’t know why I got so addicted to reading dystopian fiction books, but for the last two years- I haven’t read much else. It doesn’t help that Amazon is helpful enough to constantly update my list of “recommended reading,” or that purchasing a book to my device only takes one click.

Anyway, if you’re in the mood for a really long end-of-the-world-vampireish-saga, you I would definitely recommend “The Passage.” I will warn you though, it takes a while to get into- but once you do-you won’t be able to stop.

I would also recommend reading it via Kindle or some other tablet, because 800 pages of hard-back can be pretty heavy to hold over your face for extended periods of time.


In case you are interested, I’ve put together a list of some of my other favorite books I’ve read in the last few months. If you have something I should read I should add to my kindle, let me know! Buying books is my fourth favorite activity.


 Wool (Omnibus edition)- Hugh Howey: This is really five books rolled up in one. Definitely one of the best dystopian series I’ve read. The story takes place some time in the future in post-apocolyptic Earth. There are quite a few characters and storylines to follow, so you have to be ready for a pretty hefty load, but the picture painted and the details within the story are well worth-it.

The Bird Eater-Ania AhlbornOK so I do read other things beside Dystopian fiction, but not a lot. I also apparently enjoy really scary psychological ghost stories. Or at least this one. This is one of the most terrifying books I’ve ever read, and it takes a lot to get me scared. It centers around Aaron Holbrook, who returns to his childhood house (after the death of his son) and the place where his aunt tragically died-leaving him to a life of foster-homes. He is forced to face a lot of his own demons, as well as the real ghosts that have been waiting for him.

Rivers-Michael Farris SmithAnother post-apocalyptic tell (or close to it) of a time when the planet is ravaged by terrible storms. The entire southern part of the US is considered unlivable, and the rest of the country crumbles apart from war and unrest. This is a really good book, and I fell in love with the lead character Cohen. I read this in one night- it’s one of those books you don’t want to finish but just have to.

Pure Trilogy-Juliana Baggot: To be honest, I read this series so quickly I can’t even remember any of the details. I know I liked it, and that I found it extremely disturbing. This series takes place in a world that is divided between the “pures” and the “fused.” The fused are the people who were not chosen to take cover in a dome when the apocalypse occurred, and thus were fused with whatever items (or people) were near them. I know, it’s weird… but fascinating.


Anyway, I have many more books to recommend – but you probably don’t want to ask me about them or I’ll end up talking about them for hours. Then you’ll get annoyed and then I’ll get sad all over again.

But do let me know, what’s in your Kindle? What should I read next?


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  • msullivan

    Be sure to read the sequel to THE PASSAGE–THE TWELVE. I thought it was much easier to get through.