SOB Update #4

I'm still painfully obviously terrible at sticking to a blog schedule, but I do intend to keep posting SOB updates for the rest of the summer, however erratic. I promise!

Summer of Books: Week... Whatever number we're on now. 3.5? 3? 3.18?

Reading Progress

Recently finished: If I Stay. And, also... um... don't bite me, okay? I'm doing this strictly for a review/analysis purpose... *whispers* Twilight
Currently reading: Crimson Bound is still going strong, and also, well, New Moon
Next up: Yes, I am probably going to read Eclipse, whatever, hate me if you want to. I mean the series is no Jane Eyre or The Host, but it's tolerable at least. It's for the reviews!

TBR: 108
RSF: 3
Library audiobooks checked out this week: 3 (making 7 total)
Audiobooks read this week: 2.5
Audiobooks returned unread: 3


No, this is not a mini-review. It was going to be, but I didn't finish the book in time. The reading bit in my brain seems to have developed a touch of ADD, in case you hadn't noticed. Buuuuut....

Paradox by Brian McBride is free via ebook for one day only! (6/30)

Four troubled teens, two worlds, one God, one goal: to defeat the Darkness before it's too late. When David, his twin sister Alicia and their two best friends, Jake and Hannah stumble through a portal and into another world, Paragon, they discover that they are not who they thought they were... they are descendants of an ancient race known as Starcrafters, and they've been endowed with God-given abilities - impossible abilities. They train and learn to harness their abilities. Now, they are ready to take on the Dark Prince. Their attack on the prince is interrupted when they are taken by a group known as the Renegades who are after universal domination by means of an artifact known as the Paradox Stone. They must escape the Renegades, retrieve the stone, and defeat the Darkness; all while learning to trust one another and work as a team, and to put their faith in the one true God.

Writing Progress

I gave up marking my progress by chapters, but it's still slow going. At least I have an excerpt for you this time!

It's not the biggest library I've ever seen, or the most beautifully decorated. But it definitely is the grandest. There's something so glorious and serene about it -- almost an air of divinity in the place. The walls are made entirely of bookshelves, all full, all gleaming with the reflection only well-kept quality wood offers. There's even a few ladders for reaching the higher shelves, the sliding kind attached to the shelves like in movies. The middle of the room has a few equally towering bookshelves. Between these shelves stands as a pair of ornate chairs with golden edging and legs and cream-colored padded upholstery. At the back of the library, a row of tall windows come down from the ceiling to the edge of a long, upholstered window seat, almost like a bench. I walk towards this seat, ready to rest my legs for a moment after walking around in this heavy princess getup all day.
When I'm seated, I lay my head back against the window and immediately notice two things. One, the window glass is warm. Not hot or anything, but warm, like it would be if the sun really was shining on it. Two, the ceiling is painted. I mean Renaissance painted -- like Raphael or Michealangelo or Da Vinci might do. I can only see little bits of blue and white where I'm sitting, so I jump up and walk between the bookshelves to find a spot where I can see the whole thing. It portrays some sort of heaven scene. There's a blue sky and sunlit clouds, and almost a dozen adorable chubby cherubs playing and flying and smiling down from heaven. I'm a little disappointed the design is so... I don't know, cliche or something, but it's still far better than anything I could draw, much less paint. It completes the image of a palace library, that's for certain.
Part of me wants to stay in here for a while, maybe see if I can find something in English here, and I promise myself I'll come back. 

I'll see you next time... whenever that is!



  1. I've read the whole Twilight series too. Can't wait to hear what you think about it!
    Also, love the excerpt! That library sounds beautiful!


    1. Thanks! A Beauty and the Beast retelling is never really complete without a gorgeous library, right? ;)

      I've been really committed to my Twilight analysis this week. I've watched all the movies in three days, and I'm currently reading Breaking Dawn. Once I've also finished the Bree Tanner novella, I'll post my big review :D I'm excited! And, of course, a bit nervous, since no matter what my opinion or conclusion is, there's gonna be someone who vehemently disagrees. C'est la vie!

    2. Haha, definitely. ;)

      Wow, that is committed! I actually haven't read the Bree Tanner novella, but I've done all the rest (not within three days, though, lol).

      And yeah, that's true. But oh well. Can't make everybody happy.


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