I thought I would check in with you all. I’ve not updated my blog, for quite some time. I really miss the days, where I was able to read voraciously. Most of my focus these days is on getting to work and keeping going.
Without giving too much personal information away, I was diagnosed with a chronic illness back in August 2018. I have felt the symptoms of it for years and not realised what my body was telling me. One of the worst symptoms has been fatigue. There are days, where I cannot get out of bed. There are days, when I have no concentration. Fortunately, I am on medication now for life. In the long term, my energy levels should improve.
There are so many books by my favourite authors, that I haven’t looked at since my health declined. I hope to get to them, when I feel well enough. This includes the latest Nicci French and Karen Slaughter. Heart-breaking.
My passion for reading is coming back slowly. It started with this little trilogy. I noticed that A Discovery of Witches was being dramatised on televison. I decided to check out the books, to kickstart my reading. By the way, the series on TV is incredibly well done.
I finished reading the story of Diana and Matthew last week. I will miss time travelling witches and brooding vampires.
The series is worth checking out; if you like a dash of magic, with a dashing vampire and a striking historical setting in Shadow of Night. The second story in the trilogy was definitely the strongest and most exciting. Harkness’s re-imagining of Elizabethan England is superb. I would even be tempted to visit, in spite of their lack of electric showers and duvets. The books suffer from too much of a Twilight influence. The pace of the books often is a little slow, with too much time being given to inner anguish and over-description and not enough to forwarding the plot. I warn you. I had fun with them though. It was all lovely magical escapism for these dark autumn nights. I only wanted to punch Matthew, our heroic vampire, in the nose a few times. The trilogy concludes with The Book of Life. We finally get to the heart of the mysterious Ashmole 782.