School has started back, and school kills my writing. I forgot how it feels, so I may get a little behind, but I will keep sharing my week in books, even if, like this week, it’s a couple of days late.
Despite school starting back up, I’ve also been rewarding myself for doing my school work by spending some of my spare time reading. Since Tae Kwon Do, gymnastics, and our other activities have started up, I also have blocks of uninterrupted reading time, I didn’t have during the holidays. So, I finished five books this week.
Liberty’s Last Stand by Stephen Coonts. This is my first of Coonts books, and it will probably be my last. A friend at church, who is really interested in politics, loaned this book to me because he liked it so much. I actually found the political rhetoric very off-putting, and distasteful. However, it was very action packed, and once the action started, I found myself turning pages because I wanted to find out what was going to happen. Still, this is a book you can skip without feeling any regret. Also, if you are a HSP, this is quite violent.
The Books That Changed My Life–edited by Bethanne Patrick. This is a compilation of little essays from 100 authors and other personalities. The essays are uneven, and this is not the best “book about books” that I have read. Some of the essays are blah. However, a few of the essays, like the one where R.L. Stine talks about Pinocchio as an important influence on him as a horror author, are truly perfect reading. (I noticed that it’s 99 cents on kindle if you’re interested in the essays.)
Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen. This is my first five star read of 2019. This is a book that takes on the ideas of grief and guilt. How do we deal with an unexpected loss, especially when we are blaming ourselves for the death? Here. we see two people struggling with the losses of their spouses, a young girl grieving for her father and the community reacting to these people. Not only do we have all these emotions going on, but we also have Cohen’s amazing form for the story. He tells the whole story in a fairy tale format, and that just makes it amazing. This is probably an early contender for my top ten for 2019.
Ember Rising by S.D. Smith. The children and I have been listening to this book on Audible and we finished it this week. This is the third book of the Green Ember series, and you really need to start with book one if you’re going to read this series. Readers get a larger few of Mordred’s subjugation of the bunnies and how he and his henchmen keep them down. Heather and Pickett enter the world of Mordred’s domain, and it was dark and interesting. Some places feel very dark, so if you have young readers, you may want to preview this one. We really liked it, and it ends on a setup for the next book in the series. We’re waiting impatiently.
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen. This was another excellent read. This is the story of two sisters who have very gentle magical powers, and they are still both looking for their place in the world. They also have a very fraught and difficult relationship with each other. In this book, both sisters find romance, their place in the world, and their family relationship. This would make a great hallmark movie in some ways. It has that tone to it. However, if you are a highly sensitive person, there is spousal abuse and some sexual themes that might make you decide it is not for you. I personally find spousal abuse difficult to read (possibly because I have the best and most gentle husband in the world), and there were parts of this that were very painful to me.
That’s all for this week. What have you been reading?