Reading consistently is hard.
It doesn’t matter that I enjoy diving into new worlds or getting to know new characters. Though I do consider reading a hobby, it just doesn’t take the precedence that I want it to. There are a couple of reasons for this. Books are long, complicated, and sometimes scrolling for hours on your phone and watching someone clean a cow’s hoof is just infinitely more satisfying. But no matter the excuse or issue I bring up, we come back down to the same conclusion: Reading can be hard. So what do we do?
Picking a Good Book.
The hardest part is figuring out where to start. Short stories are always a great place to get back into the habit of reading, but what do you do when you’re ready for the next step and just don’t know where to start?
The Librarian’s Ruse.
Everybody’s reading preferences are different. So, if you are a young woman who loves political intrigue that isn’t confusing, this book is for you! I had the pleasure of designing the interior of this book and as I did, I was totally enraptured by the story. Here are three reasons why your next read should be The Librarian’s Ruse!
The Librarian’s Ruse is a Novella, which is shorter than a novel but longer than a short story. The more words you have, the more time you have to develop your characters, setting, etc. Sometimes, novellas suffer from a lack of words, and we don’t get the time we want with the characters. You won’t find that problem in The Librarian’s Ruse. While some things may leave you wanting more, none of the characters make choices that feel rushed or confusing. It’s the perfect story to just sit for an hour or two and read with a steaming cup of cocoa.
Nowadays, if you pick up a new Christian fantasy book, you’ll be greeted with hard-to-pronounce names and even harder-to-pronounce locations. The writer dumps info on you about the world, the kingdom, the names—all without providing anything interesting about the story. In The Librarian’s Ruse, you’re hooked on the action from the very first line. The characters’ names are short, easy to pronounce, and even easier to remember!
The most frustrating thing in the world is when, for plot purposes, the main character tells an outrageous lie that they really don’t need to tell and then spends the rest of the book/movie/show attempting to keep up with the lie, just to save their reputation or something I, as the reader, care very little about. Well, in The Librarian’s Ruse, you can be assured that the main character doesn’t do this. Thirzah manages to balance writing a character that has to tell a lie, without making it tropey or difficult to read. Each time they’re almost discovered, I found myself holding the book tighter, inching forward, soaking in the words.
Overall, I enjoyed the book immensely. It was funny and kept me on the edge of my seat from the first line, until the last. Plus, I couldn’t help but giggle anytime a specific handsome young emperor made an appearance! The amount that I am currently dying for a sequel is unreal.
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