Oct 5, 2011

Not Forgotten

I know it's hard to believe a blogger when she says that she always wants to blog, yet she doesn't do it. But that's where I am right now. If God decided to multiply my time, I would spend every extra second writing and reading.

I'm always encountering new and exciting visions for my reading or my blog--goals to try and reach, book series to tackle, pages to update...but my time to do that lies on the horizon of "soon" and "tomorrow". Yet soon and tomorrow never arrive.

So where am I in this whole reading thing? Have I forgotten my blog readers? Have I forgotten books? Have I forgotten providing Christian reviews?

The answer is a fearsome shriek from a mountain top with my fists above my head... "NEVER!!!!"

I am acutely (and painfully) aware of every week that passes without a new book review. I am still reading, but it's slowed to about a chapter a night (if I'm lucky). Amidst trying to feed my craving for good literature and entering worlds created by words, I honestly believe my life has settled into the unpleasant state of...."swamped" again. You can read about what "swamped" feels like here.

I'm in my last year of graduate school (you thought college was hard?).
I'm getting married in December (planning...planning...planning.....awesome...awesome...awesome...)
I'm trying to finish my 100,000 word novel by May (it's at 40,000 words)
I recently started a new job.

It's actually been pretty amazing. I'm just limited by a mere 24-hour-timeline per day. You are not neglected. Books are not neglected. They're just stuck in a little river of molasses--still moving, but just a lot slower than before.

Just out of curiosity...what are you currently reading? It could be anything from textbooks to children's adventure.

Nadine Brandes is an adventurer, fusing authentic faith with bold imagination. She writes stories about brave living, finding purpose, and other worlds soaked in imagination. Her debut dystopian novel, A Time to Die, releases 2014 from Marcher Lord Press, the premier publisher of Christian speculative fiction. When Nadine's not taste-testing a new chai or editing fantasy novels, she is out pursuing adventures. She currently lives in Idaho with her husband. You can find out more about Nadine and her books at http://nadinebrandes.com.


  1. I'm reading In Darkness Hid for the second time :) thanks for recommending it! I also just finished The Princess and the Hound. It was good...a little shady though, I will have to read it again sometime to confirm or dismiss my suspicions before I decide to recommend it to my friends or not.


  2. I'm glad you're enjoying the Blood of Kings trilogy! Have you read all three? I, too, am going through the series again, mostly because I haven't read the last one yet and it only seems fitting if I read the first two again so I can get the full feel. ;)
    I've never heard of the Princess and the Hound. Is that Young Adult/teen?

    1. No I haven't read the third one yet. Soon I hope!
      Yes the Princess and the Hound was in that age group at my library.
      Have you read Airborn by Kenneth Oppel? I just finished that series and enjoyed it very much. :)
      Thank you for doing this blog! It has helped me find many good clean books to read.

  3. I'll definitely have to check out the Princess and the Hound. I've never heard of Airborn, but I'm always hungry for a new series! I'm so pleased that you've been able to find clean books through this blog! That's certainly the point and I hope God continues to use it. :)