Understanding Emotions Through Reading

I seriously believe I understand people better because I have spent so much time reading.  I have walked in the shoes of hundreds of characters.  How can one possibility come away from that experience without a broader understanding of people? I often find myself trying to see things from other people’s perspective.


I had a conversation with two people last week that made me realize how much reading has helped me. One person is a recent college graduate, let’s call her Catherine.  The other person is a middle aged single mom, let’s call her Molly.

Catherine was talking about how excited and nervous she is about her new job. She talked about how one intern experience made her rethink her major and even going to college, but she stuck to it in the end.

Molly, who went back to school 6 years ago, was struck by the emotions Catherine described.  Molly had felt the same way while going back to school. Molly was surprised that even though there is a significant age difference they would feel the same way.

I spoke up saying that of course they would feel the same way. In both instances they were/are making a major life decision!  As a college student myself, I have panicked and rethought my schooling more than once.

I was surprised that I, the youngest of the trio, would understand this better than someone twice my age! Upon later reflection, I realized that I read.  I have read countless stories about characters making life changing decisions, often way more drastic than a career choice/change.  (Seriously, doesn’t that describe every YA novel ever?)  These characters second guess themselves.  I automatically associated that emotion was something that comes with major life decisions regardless of age.

Of course, one could realize this without reading but I think books encourage this understanding.  I believe that my experience has been shaped through books. Not one or three books, but countless hours spent subconsciously trying to understand different characters’ emotions. 

Have you ever felt that you understand
something better because you read?
Was it emotion or something else?


Underrated Book Tag!

Ello, everyone! Today was supposed to be a book review, but I didn’t get it written in time… So you get a book tag instead! I saw this tag over at Lilian’s Youtube channel and thought it looked like fun. Let’s get started.

A favorite book you find underrated?


This book is a new favorite! But it’s totally underrated and more people need to read it!

An underrated book I’d want to make into a movie?


I think the Choosing would make a really neat movie! When this book first came out, I saw it everywhere. But once the hype died down, it kind of disappeared.

A favorite author that more people should know?

CJ Darlington! She’s one of my favorite authors and no one seems to know about her!

One book that I’d choose to promote and make well known?


Okay, not sure if I would promote it seeing as it’s not a Christian book and the prologue/first chapter is stupid. But, this book was hilarious and I was shocked how much I liked it!

A Book Series that Is Underrated?


I love the Tales of Goldstone Woods! It’s one of my favorite fantasy series. More people need to read it!

A Favorite Character in an Underrated Book?

Grey from CJ Darlington’s Jupiter Winds.

What Book Character Would You Like to Turn Into a Real Life celebrity?

Vidar from Lisa Bergren’s Remnants Trilogy.

Do I like to Keep Unknown Books a Secret, Or Share Them With the World?

Share them! Duh! Sometimes I even force them on people…

I tag:

Rivka Ray

Allie from Confessions of a Teenage Bookworm

There is the underrated book tag! Hope you guys enjoyed! I’ll, hopefully, be back Tuesday with a book review!



Caught Between Two Worlds: The Novelette Review of Blended

I’ve been getting into novellas and short stories lately.  Did you know there is a difference between a novelette, a short story, and a novella?  Neither did I!  And I’m not quite sure I can explain it either.  However, they are all shorter than a full length novel, and that is exactly what I want to read right now.  Be on the lookout for a plethora of novella (the word I’ve been using for all of them) reviews coming your way!

3625463Title:  Blended

Author: L. Y. Levand

Genre: Fantasy

Series?  Standalone Novelette

POV:  third person, past tense, two narrators

Cliffhanger? No

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

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About the Book (from author’s website)
Yern has spent her life behind walls, locked into a life she finds rigid and strict. Since she was a child, she has escaped in secret to the forbidden plains beyond the city walls, to a place where she can be free.

But a summons from the king heralds an arranged marriage, and she lacks the political and societal power to refuse. The discovery of her secret is imminent, and the time she is forced to spend with the man who is to be her husband begs the question: can he be trusted?

But that’s not all she must ask herself. Faced with the choice, which of her two worlds will she choose – the gilded cage, or the wild place that makes her blood sing?

My Thoughts
This is a wonderful story of a girl figuring out where she belongs in the world.  She is caught between two worlds, and two parts of herself.  She must make a choice, but both would mean her life will dramatically change.

The story was slightly confusing at first, because I did not know this world very well.  It picks up rather quickly though!  I was caught up in Yern’s struggle to decide what she would do.  I loved learning more and more about the world as I read.

I loved Larr and Yern’s relationship.  I really felt that they had come to respect each other a great deal, even in the short time I saw them together.  And I loved the ending!  I would consider it a very realist happily-ever-after :)  I would definitely recommend this for fantasy lovers.

Content: Clean Read!


Have you read any novelettes/short-stories/novellas?  What are your favorites?

Mini Review: The Ice Dragon

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Title:  The Ice Dragon

Author: George R. R. Martin

Genre: Fantasy

Series?  Standalone Novella

POV: third person, past tense, one narrator

Cliffhanger? No

My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

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About the Book (adapted from Goodreads)

The ice dragon was a creature of legend and fear, for no man had ever tamed one. When it flew overhead, it left in its wake desolate cold and frozen land. But Adara was not afraid. For Adara was a winter child, born during the worst freeze that anyone, even the Old Ones, could remember.

Adara could not remember the first time she had seen the ice dragon. It seemed that it had always been in her life, glimpsed from afar as she played in the frigid snow long after the other children had fled the cold.  But like the coldness around, Adara’s emotions seemed to be frozen as well.

My Thoughts

Great book with amazing illustrations. The story is a lot deeper than first glance.

I don’t really know how to express my love for this book without giving anything away.  The story is told through the eyes of a young girl, between the ages of 4 and 7. Because of this, the world around her is simplified.  She is an intriguing character, and not immediately likable.  In the early part of the story, she is not meant to be likable.  She is emotionally cold to those around her.  It is interesting to see how this progresses through the story.

The plot, while simple enough, holds a fair amount of symbolism.  I even began to question the existence of one of the main characters, [Highlight to reveal] the ice dragon itself.  It’s possibly all an active imagination – the way Adara sees the events.

My sister is a firm believer in the imagination/representation theory.  One of my friends does not think that is possible.  Either way, it is fun to discuss.

And even if you do not want to look for symbolism in the story, it’s a nice, short, bittersweet tale with lovely illustrations.


Content: Moderate violence.  Soldiers are returning from war, and their injuries are described – not in detail.  Mentions of burns from dragon fire, missing limbs, a guy with his sk  ull cut open.  A man and dragon are burned to death in front of the main character.  Again, not described in detail, but I’m queasy about burning people.

February Wrap-Up!

Ello everyone :) I am here with all the books I read in February! Let’s get started!


Book I read in February

I read quite a few books this month :) But a lot of them were less than three hundred pages! Some of them were even less than two hundred pages!

Favorite Read Of the Month


I love this book and characters so much! Can’t wait for the second one!

Least Favorite Read


Definitely wasn’t for me… took me about five days to read.

Biggest Disappointment


I was really excited to read this book! But it just fell flat for me.

There is my February wrap-up! What did you read in February? What was your favorite and least favorite read?