Well, I am back home from my relaxing vacation on the beach. Enter sad face here. And to welcome me back, it has rained every single day since. This would bother some people, but most readers I know love the rain. It gives us an unneeded excuse to stay in, brew some tea/coffee, and cuddle up with our latest book, amiright? (Side note: my dictionary is absolutely hating the “amiright” so I am going to leave it just to spite the machine, so there).
**EDIT** I completely forgot to mention my vacation reading challenge. I did manage to finish all 5 books with 60 miles to spare. I will talk about those books in a later post but man, I was feeling the pressure to finish after we crossed the state line into my home state.
Rainy days make me nostalgic for books I’ve read in the past. It usually doesn’t matter what book I’m reading when it starts raining, if it rains for than a couple days, I will meander my way to my bookshelf and pull a much loved and much read oldie but goodie off and read it instead. Sometimes I devour it from beginning to end, other times I just skip around to my favorite scenes.
This week’s previously read book that pulls to me has been Black by Ted Dekker. It’s the first book in The Circle Series that was first published in 2004. I was introduced to it either by my mum or my dad, I can’t remember exactly who. It gets hard to keep up with that sort of thing because my parents leap frog books together. They will each start one and then when the other has finished, swap books. It makes it hard to keep with “who the original discoverer of a series” is in the family. Either way, one of the parental units in my household suggested it to me and I fell in love immediately. Ted Dekker doesn’t write in genres that I would say I’m normally interested in, but I love almost all his books. He is a bit of a quirky author, and doesn’t fall into the YA category that is my typical safety net. I would recommend him to people who like a lot of action and adventure. He is also a romantic at heart, so most of his books do have a romantic element to them, but hardly any of them focus on it as a main plot device. Romance, however, is the main theme of The Circle Series and yet, it isn’t. This book is also a lot more political than what I would typically touch either. I will freely admit that politics don’t interest me in the slightest. I do have my personal opinions and I vote because I (usually) believe in the power of the vote, but I don’t talk about or read about politics in my free time. It sounds like an awful waste of my time.
It’s really hard to explain how all of the different main topics share writing space without giving away main plot points but, luckily for me, my trust old buddy Goodreads has a really good description of the first book.
Fleeing his assailants through deserted alleyways, Thomas Hunter narrowly escapes to the roof of a building. Then a silent bullet from the night clips his head…and his world goes black.
From the blackness comes an amazing reality of another world-a world where evil is contained. A world where Thomas Hunter is in love with a beautiful woman. Then he remembers the dream of the chase as he reaches to touch the blood on his head.
Where does the dream end and reality begin? Every time he falls asleep in one world, he awakes in the other-both facing catastrophic disaster. Thomas is being pushed beyond his limits…even beyond the limits of space and time.
Black is an incredible story of evil and rescue, betrayal and love, pursuit and death, and a terrorist’s threat unlike anything the human race has ever known.
Some say the world hangs in the balance of every choice we make. Now the fate of two worlds hangs in the balance of one man’s choice.
So yeah. If I were to pick this book up at the bookstore on my own and read the back cover, I’d probably put it back with a “meh” and look for something else. This is one of the reasons I really value others’ opinions because it’s gotten me out of my comfort zone and gotten me to read books that I wouldn’t give a second thought to normally.
According to the weather app on my phone, we are still in for some more rain, so excuse me while I go and cuddle up with my book and my hot beverage. Does rainy weather make you feel nostalgic for books you’ve read before? Why books are like a security blanket to you? Let me know in the comments below, I love adding books to my TBR list!