Pre-New Year’s reads:

~The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon

~Watership Down, by Richard Adams

Week One read:

~An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, by Hank Green

Here is the part where I reveal just how long I’ve been sitting here, staring at this computer screen.

Ok, so I have always had a hard time with writer’s block. It’s frustrating because I have so many ideas constantly swirling through my head; I’ve just never had the discipline to lay them out in any kind of organized fashion.

I’m a procrastinator, to be sure.

I was awake before 10 a.m. on Tuesday Morning, which doesn’t sound like much of an achievement until you account for the fact that I was up until at least 1 a.m.,  watching Netflix and telling myself that I should be writing. I went and got lunch, stopped at the library to get way too many books, and I eventually switched on my laptop at 2:30. And then stopped, so that I could get ready for work.

The following days went on in that same manner. Work is exponentially more stressful and draining than it has been in recent years. Working a nine-hour shift in a retail pharmacy environment, on my feet, with no end to the customer service and social demands, as well as the need to keep mentally sharp and focused–well, let’s just say that at the end of the day, I have a hard time bringing myself to do anything except read or stare at a screen.

OK, excuses over. I have a lot of catching up to do.

My final selections for the days leading up to New Year’s definitely did not disappoint. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon, is a quick and compelling read. Told through the perspective of a young autistic boy, the story brings us a murder mystery, wrapped in the drama of a broken family and the surrounding community.

What I loved about this book was Haddon’s ability to accurately and matter-of-factly describe Christopher’s mind. The Autistic mind sees certain things with such precision, while often filtering out irrelevant detail; which makes for a refreshing mystery. Christopher is an endearing character, and as the events unfold, he finds a strength he never knew he needed or had. I loved the setting, I loved the small details…the flawed characters of the father and mother. I loved that it was all told through Christopher’s eyes.

Honestly, this was one of those books that, after I finished reading it, I wished I could turn right back to page one and start it over again.

…And that’s why I love to read. I didn’t know anything about this book when I got it, but I had heard the title before. Once I read it, I was changed….and I can’t wait to be changed over and over again.

To be continued…