When first hit by the blog bug on Thursday, I had my first two blog topics already in mind. You see, I’m a bit of a planner. Those who know me best will already be rolling, but hopefully not down a steep hill toward an eel-filled moat. So, plans. Yes, I like them. Even my plans have plans. There is nothing I like better than creating multi-tiered goals, lists, and intricate battle plans (hence, the past experience as a history teacher). Now, one might think that means that I don’t change them. Not true at all. A change of plans is an excuse for creating new plans. And as evidence, today’s blog is not the one I intended. But the motivation to change is too delightful to ignore.
Our motivator: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
I began Shiver based on the gushing review provided by Suzie Townsend over at Confessions of a Wandering Heart. Her love for this book is anything but slight. And I have to say, her love is accurately placed. This book sucked me in completely. The characters are so rich, the writing so beautiful, and journey so heartfelt that I felt both giddy and lucky to have experienced this world Ms. Stiefvater created.
With a title like Shiver, it shouldn’t be a shock that the cold plays a very powerful role in the story. I’m really glad that I read it just after the beginning of autumn sent many cool breezes to my home (we’ve already had frost warnings). And as I nervously neared the end of the book, while reading in my chilly house, I found myself sitting on my futon, back to the window, absorbing the sun’s warmth and praying that that warmth would give me a hopeful ending. I’m not sure if the sun really helped or if it was just a lovely gift from Ms. Stiefvater, but the end is as gorgeous as the beginning and middle.
(A little note about how I feel about the cold and how it affects my reading experiences. Readers of the Twilight series will know of the competition between Team Edward and Team Jacob to win Bella’s love. Readers are very fervent about this topic and are usually solidly in one camp or the over. I, on the other hand, dabble in both. When I first read the books, it was freezing here and Edward’s cold exterior just didn’t seem appealing, whereas Jacob’s warmth did. And when I re-read the books during the summer, I changed camps. So, I guess I have a weather-related fickle streak.)
Please read Shiver. It will remind you of both the beautiful fragility and iron-clad strength of true devotion and love.
To read Suzie Townsend's Shiver review, click here.
To visit Maggie Stiefvater’s website, click here.
Quote for the Day from Shiver:
“Isabel’s face was still wearing a pretty pout, but I saw storms destroying small villages in her eyes.”