Yennan's Quiet Corner

A Book Review Blog

Join me on this journey through abandoned castles, haunted forests and cavernous dungeons.

Welcome to Yennan’s Quiet Corner! (My book review blog)

I’ve decided to take the plunge and attempt a book review blog! I’ve read the fantasy and sci-fi genre for most of my life. I love the worldbuilding, the magic systems, the awe-inspiring worlds we get to explore, and all of the people who inhabit them. All of these factors make the fantasy and sci-fi genre the best out there.

First, I’d like to introduce myself.

Who am I and why am I doing this?

My name is Jared. I’ve spent most of my life in beautiful southern Oregon. We are surrounded by mountains, valleys, rivers and forests out here and they are all brimming with life. You could say this region that I call home is the perfect setting for the next big fantasy novel.

As I said earlier, I’ve been reading fantasy and sci-fi novels for most of my life. Reading has always been a way for me to escape and de-rez, which has proven important for me in my personal and work life.

This all started to change for me in 2012, when I was selected to become a police officer in southern Oregon. I was excited for this new adventure, and longed for the inevitable adrenaline dumps inherent with that line of work. I headed to the police academy that Spring, leaving my wife and two year old son at home. I had a great time at the academy. Four months of classroom learning, physical activity and scenario training flew by and, before I knew it, I was back home and in field training. Field training consists of a recruit working directly with a field training officer. The recruit does all the work and the field training officer acts as a coach and ensures that the recruit doesn’t get himself/herself killed. It is an intense training process that lasts for approximately 20 weeks. Once complete, you’re set loose and on your own! I ate this stuff up and loved every second of it. The job was exciting, dangerous at times (extremely boring at others) and I felt like I was making a difference in my community. What I didn’t notice, however, was the effect it was having on my internally.

As a police officer, you are going to be exposed to bad people and bad things in general. You are going to see people at their worst. You are exposed to domestic violence, suicide, child abuse, sexual abuse, etc. All of this exposure gradually changed my perspective on humanity and life in general. I began to grow angry at everything, trusting no one. I was constantly in a state of hypervigilance. Being hypervigilant can save your life in dangerous circumstances, but I couldn’t figure out how to turn that switch off when I got home. Eventually, I didn’t even want to go out when I wasn’t working because I found myself constantly watching my back, unable to enjoy a simple date with my wife. During this time, I also stopped enjoying many things I used to love. Primarily, I stopped reading. In fact, I don’t think I read a book the entire time I was a police officer. I just didn’t have the energy for it. I was tired and wanted to think about nothing when I wasn’t at work, let alone read a massive, epic fantasy novel. It took nearly seven years for me to realize what was going on.

When I realized what was happening I began to work on myself. I am a man of faith, and I prayed. A lot. It was during this time that an opportunity opened up for me to work in a management position within my parent’s electrical contracting business. I felt led to take the leap, so I did.

Within a month of leaving law enforcement, I was reading again. I began using Goodreads as a resource to learn about what books were trending, and found myself reading, and enjoying reviews on Goodreads and blogs. Many of the books I discovered through these reviews helped me relearn how to turn that ‘switch’ off, allowing me to once again escape into these incredibly crafted worlds of fantasy. My eyes were also opened to this massive community of readers that exists across the globe. The networking between authors, bloggers and readers was very intriguing to me.

As more time has passed, I feel myself returning closer and closer to my “normal”. I absolutely loved law enforcement. I miss the excitement, I miss helping people in the midst of danger, and I miss the brotherhood I had with my fellow police officers. But life is too short to live the way I was living, and I feared the cold, angry man I would become if I continued down the path I was on, so making the jump out of the career proved to be the right path for me and for my family, which I feel is most important.

My passion for reading and writing has returned, so I figured I would swing the bat and try out a book review blog. I’m not the greatest writer, but I think this will be fun. Maybe, just maybe, one of my reviews will help someone the way so many others’ book reviews helped me.

-Jared



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