Hi Virtually Readers! I’m currently busy, stressed and distracted, so I thought I’d write a quick post about books I related to. I have no clue what is going on in my life, but I’m *trying* to make books a constant *nervous laughter*.
Do you remember a few weeks ago when there was a Virtually Read Emma Mills Appreciation Week? That was a thing that happened, and Emma Mills is part of it. Her books are bright and bubbly and full of heart and just really reflect concerns about friendship, and finding my place in the world, and caring too much which seem so relevant to me.
I also talked about this one lots! But it was deserving. Untidy Towns, as the title implies, is as messy as life, and as such it’s just vibrant and affirming and lovely and made me very happy. Adelaide’s struggle is one of chhoice, and Kate O’Konnell tenderly shows that the choices you think you have are not the only ones available to you.
This is one of those books that makes you feel like the world is stranger and more creased that you thought before you started reading. Yet somehow I did quite enjoy it? It’s very intellectual, but overall I loved that Ruby, the main character, shows that you always have to be asking questions. What kind of world do you live in? Who are you connected to, and why?
I didn’t expect to like this much after not enjoying The Accident Season, yet somehow it worked really well for me. The main characters must wonder: what if the world is more strange and full of magic than we thought it was? What if we have power we don’t understand? (Actually, it was a bit like The Graces in this way). I loved the friendships and edgy strangeness of it all. I related to this book because it reminded me to be surprised by whow I live and who I am, and the graciousness that lets that happen.
And now, I’m going to talk about The FitzOsbornes in Exile, a book that any longtime reader of Virtually Read will have heard about several times before. I feel like my identity is changing all the time at the moment, like I’m constantly questioning myself and am unsure what’s true. I hope this will always be true: I love this book. I love it because it is about living in times of shifting sands and certain change, and keeping on living, and living joyfully and honestly through that. What more could I ask for in a book? Whenever I read it, I see different parts of myself in it, and as such it grows richer each time.
What are some books you relate to? and how are you feeling today? probably in need of books, huh?