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It got busy this week! Lots going on at home, work, and otherwise as well.  Life My daughter's school decided to close on Friday, along with several other schools in the area, with some being closed from Thursday. Not enough staff. The school had been on a mask mandate since the beginning of the pandemic, dropping it only for one week when the pandemic had appeared to have stabilized last year. And yet, they dropped the mandate completely at the beginning of this year, when cases were exponentially rising, only to bring it back again starting next week. I've gone from being very annoyed to angry to feeling fatigue in these first two weeks already. I won't lie - we all mask around here and try to avoid going where we don't have a need to be in, and still, we are not taking anything close to the extreme precaution we all took at the beginning of the pandemic. I cannot and don't want to keep my kids home - I have at least that much faith in the schools' precautions

Light Reading and Quick Thoughts: The Vampire Diaries #1 & #2


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Lately, light reading is what I've been trying to do quite a bit. It makes it easier to get back into reading when I feel that I'm finishing books. But reading a silly fluffy book wouldn't help either because they tend to wear my brain down with all the cringe-worthy or cheesy stuff they may contain. I picked up The Vampire Diaries for some quick reading, even though I guessed that it was likely going to be very silly, because at least I knew the story (the TV version of the story, that is). And besides, I've been meaning to read the books at some point to find out how different the books were from the TV show.

As it turns out, very different, while still very similar. To me, The Vampire Diaries books are super-boring, tiring and so like the Twilight series that I'm surprised they are not the same story. Book Elena is such a pain in the butt and so very "I will never leave you Stefan" and "I will die for you Stefan" that if I weren't determined to read the books, I may have packed them away in the donations box. The TV show is, in contrast, a lot more mature (yes, there's a lot of skin too), intriguing and the characters are so much more interesting and three-dimensional.


Still, the book served its purpose of letting me devour a book. Sometimes brainless reading is just what I need. It was good enough that I kept coming back to it, but not enough that I would consider it a substantial reading. I probably will continue with this series - the more I read this series, the more I'm thanking the TV show producers for making it very different from the book.

Comments

Jennifer Hartling said…
Sometimes I need some brainless reading as well. It helps clear the cobwebs, lighten the mood. They can be like a palate cleanser :)
Jaime Shetrone said…
I had a similar experience while reading the first Vampire Diaries book. Elena annoyed me greatly. I couldn't even get halfway through it -- I was afraid it would taint my enjoyment of the TV show!
Ti Reed said…
If you want to devour a book quickly that is not fluff, pick up The Silent Wife by A.S.A Harrison. I am breezing through it and love every minute.
I love this review. Honest and real.
Athira / Aths said…
You said it perfectly. There's nothing like brainless books to make you feel so much lighter!
Athira / Aths said…
I'm intrigued by that book now. I will have to look for it. A book that lets you breeze through it, in a good way, is always a good thing.
Athira / Aths said…
I think the books only made me more appreciative of the TV show. It makes me wonder how they even considered making a show out of it. I do remember finding the first half of the first season boring for the same reason - childish characters but the show just suddenly improved loads after that.