Sunday Post #2: Reading Slumps

It's Father's Day! If there's one thing I've learned over the years, your most impactful father figure doesn't always end up being your actual father. Thankfully, we have plenty of fantastic father figures (whether actual fathers or not) to be found in books! I'm going to kick off this Sunday Post with a short list of my favorite bookish father figures - no details because no one likes spoilers!

1. Brom - Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

2. Bilbo Baggins - Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein

3. Alfred Pennyworth - Batman comics/novels

4. Montgomery Montgomery - A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

5. Scythe Faraday - Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Without explanation and spoilers, who is your favorite father figure from books?

Things I Did This Week

This was a very busy week for me! I work as a waitress, and we've been making huge efforts in reopening for dine-in after weeks of curbside service. I work for a company who is making great attempts at keeping us and our customers safe from the virus, so there has been plenty of retraining and rearranging our old procedures. This has certainly been an interesting time to live through!

Outside of work, I've been watching Sean Connery James Bond movies, and I've been playing more Assassin's Creed. I am a completionist with video games, so it can take me ages to complete every side quest and find every collectible before I move on with the main game. I am sure I'll be playing Assassin's Creed II a while longer yet.

Don't worry, I have been getting outside, at least a little bit. I have newly acquired a bike! It's a beautiful teal and white Crescent from the '40s! My amazing brother in law (to be) is brilliant with bicycles and fixed this up from just a dented frame into the beauty I'm riding around today! I am so extremely excited! I know I'm already 21, but I'll admit this is my very first bike since I was a little kid. I'm looking forward to bringing my bike, who we dubbed "Old Blue", around the Lake Erie Islands.

The most exciting thing that's happened this week by far has been my engagement photo shoot! I got to put on my favorite dress and run around the park with my all-time favorite person. Oh, life is so good.

Currently Reading

I am in a terrible reading slump lately, and I haven't finished a single book this week. I'm trying not to be too hard on myself, because reading isn't supposed to be stressful. I'm still in the same books as last week's update... However, I'm ever closer to finishing them and look forward to sharing my experiences with you! I also intend to pick up Thunderball by Ian Fleming and Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman. No, those titles were not chosen because of their similarity, that was absolutely coincidence. I'm not that witty...


If you are not in the know, ARC stands for "Accelerated Reader Copy," which is an early edition of a book sent out by publishers in return for a review. These reviews head the marketing campaigns for books and generate talk and publicity for a book before it even hits shelves. I've decided to use a spot each Sunday to mention the ARCS I'm approved for, that way you can keep an eye out for reviews to come! The following are my ARC approvals this week:

The Conductors by Nicole Glover - An own voices story middle grade fantasy set in The Underground Railroad

Slaughterhouse-Five (graphic novel) by Ryan North/Kurt Vonnegut/Albert Monteys - A graphic novel bringing to life an old favorite of mine!

Where Madness Lies by Sylvia True - A dual story of the secrets that lie behind the walls of an asylum in WWII era Germany to present day.

Frankie and the Gift of Fantasy by Ruthy Ballard - A whimsical middle grade fantasy following a boy with more imagination than the world may be able to handle!

Coming to You Soon on Food For Thought

I'm still experimenting with planning my posts ahead of time here. Last week, I only completed 3/4 planned posts. This week I will do better! Here are some things you can expect to see in the coming week:

  1. Annotating Books: Are Books Just Paper or Is Annotating Taboo?

  2. Review of 100 Days of Happiness by Fausto Brizzi

  3. Review of Last Night in Montreal by Emily St John Mandel

  4. A wine tasting!

What are your reading plans this week?

Would you be interested in seeing some video game-specific posts here on Food For Thoughts?

Who is your favorite bookish father figure? (No explanation = no spoilers!)

Thank you for visiting!

- Lori

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