It’s Monday! What Are Your Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila of Book Journey. Check out the special things she has going on to celebrate the 1 Year Anniversary of hosting this very special and popular meme. Happy Anniversary, Sheila!
I finished The Dream-Maker’s Magic by Sharon Shinn. This is the third book in the trilogy that began with The Safe-Keeper’s Secret and continued with The Truth-Teller’s Tale. These are young adult novels, with characters who learn about themselves and their destinies in gentle and compelling ways. The books are good read-alikes for Shannon Hale’s novels, especially the Books of Bayern series. I think Shinn’s series would be good for the precocious 10 to 12 year olds who are ready for a higher level of reading but perhaps not for the harder core themes in some teen novels.
My Weekend Cooking post last week was Book Review: Healthy Family Meals. I finished WomenHeart’s All Heart Family Cookbook. Sometime this week, I’ll cook something from it and then write about the book for Weekend Cooking on Saturday.
For Langston Hughes birthday on February 1, I looked at three books. Two featured Hughes poems, My People and The Dreamkeeper and Other Poems and the other was a picture book about a girl Visiting Langston. Has anyone seen the cresent waxing moon yet? We’re still under cloud cover.
I finished Nora Robert’s Happy Ever After — watch for a review of The Bride Quartet this week, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Cupid by Julius Lester is another book I started reading for the Valentine vibe–a completely different sort of vibe from the Nora Roberts, however. The witty narrative voice of Cupidhas made me smile since page one.
The Way to Eat by David Katz and Maura Gonzalez is my current book to support my healthy lifestyle. So far, it has been exceptional in how it addresses the problems of feeding the human body that’s adapted to scarcity in an environment of abundance.
I’ve also started reading Another Life, a spin-off novel from the BBC television show, Torchwood. This is the third book I’ve started to read on my iPad using the Kindle app and have yet to finish any of them. This one is the most pure fun, so that might help. On the other hand, I made the mistake of starting it right after reading a submission from my novel critique group, so I was in critical mode. This is as about as badly written as I expect a TV spin-off book to be. In fact, I think the submission from my fellow wannabe novelist was better. Let’s just say, writing the first chapter in second person was an unfortunate choice.
What I will read next depends somewhat on whether I get out to the library or the bookstore. We’re only getting out in the big truck and I’m not driving it. I have plenty to read at home, fortunately, but there are some things that I should be reading that I need to get elsewhere.