A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.
Another day has passed, another book has been read. Last night I finally finished the Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King which is fifth book of his Dark Tower series. It took me a little while to read it because first of all it has 700 pages, and second of all, I am super busy and don't have much time for reading even though I really want too. Usually, by the time I'm able to pick up a book, it's night and I'm tired and I can't read for very long.
The second book in the series, The Drawing of The Three, completely pulled me in and just like that I was hooked on the series.
Wolves of the Calla was an excellent read, well developed and full of action. I don't think there was a slow page in this book. Here the story of Roland, Eddie, Susannah, Jake and Oy is continued as they slowly make their way to the Black Tower. Along the way they happen upon the farming village of Calla Bryn Sturgis where they learn of the horrors the townsfolk have been going through for many generations. Calla's children are being abducted once every generation by the masked and hooded Wolves from Thunderclap. Only twins are being abducted, one of each set, and taken by the Wolves only to be returned months later, mentally handicapped, destined for much shortened and painful existence. Who these Wolves are and why are they ruining beautiful and bright children, nobody seems to know.
It's hard to read books like that as a mother without reflecting upon my own children and their well being. Stories like this make me realize how grateful I am for all of my children and the fact that they are healthy and safe.
Now on to a new adventure. No matter how little time I have, I'll keep plugging along. Pick up another book and do my best to read it as much as I can every day.
I've been dying to read The Road by Cormac McCarthy for quite some time now, but I think I'll stop off at the Messenger by Lois Lowry first. This book is next in The Giver quartet and rather tightly connected to the Gathering Blue I've read recently. At only 169 pages this will be a quick and delightful read.