I can vividly recall the feelings of frustration as my father would begin a parable at the dinner table, when I was struggling with my math homework, or when I had done something wrong. I would roll my eyes and complain that teaching a man how to fish had nothing to do with division, or how the story he told didn’t make any sense! It wasn’t until I got older that I began to appreciate the story-telling and understand the meaning behind my father’s quotes and parables. The children’s book, “I can sleep when the wind blows” brings back these memories. When I dwell on it, I can’t directly recall my father telling me this story. It seems so familiar, so close and comfortable that I wouldn’t be surprised if it came up a time or two; especially when I complained about my chores.
Books. I love books. Well, most books. Quite often books become my escape, allowing me to leave my own concerns (and piles of laundry) behind and venture into a world created by an author. When Jessica Blackburn asked for volunteers to read and review her new fantasy novel “The Echoing” I jumped at the offer. As much as I love reading, I dread trying to find a good book. I heavily rely on friends and family to suggest books and I even joined a book club so I have others to recommend books and discuss the novels with afterward. I received a digital copy of ‘The Echoing’ from Cedar Fort to honestly review. I have to say, I enjoyed this book. If anything I wish it were longer, with more detail of events after the climax; perhaps a sequel is necessary.