I've just come back from a lovely vacation, where I got to visit my mom and my best friend and her lovely family, and I brought along my lovely son. It was lovely. Have I mentioned that?
It was also a time of delicious food and interesting days, along with learning much about my iphone that I had never known before. Also there were sparklers involved.
Most summers I try to read a book a day, but this year I haven't really committed to that. Yet not having an impossible and arbitary goal is nagging at me. I think I'll commence STARTING a book each day (and try to keep that to only one book) and see how that works for me.
What have I read this week and last week? I shall tell bookjourney's crew about it, and, since so much of my reading is kidlit, also link to Teach Mentor Texts:
- Skin Heat, Ava Gray. I'm enjoying these almost science fictional paranormals, although the sex is a bit graphic for my tastes.
- Angel's Blood, Nalini Singh (reread). My book club had fun with this. It was as close as I could find to a "sex slave" book.
- Grim, Ellen Hopkins (ed). My son and I enjoyed these YA short stories. Sarah Rees Brennan's "Beauty and the Chad" was our favorite because it made us laugh.
- Black Butler, Yana Toboso. A manga recommended by my elementary book club. Good enough for me to order up the sequel.
- Other Goose, J.otto Seibold. A Reading My Library pick, reminiscent of The Stinky Cheese Man.
- The Gilda Stories, Jewelle Gomez. Best lesbian vampire book I've ever read.
- The Martian, Andy Weir. Simple, clever fun.
- Blue Remembered Hills, Rosemary Sutcliff. Nifty biography. I like how she faced her lameness.
- Garment of Shadows, Laurie R. King. A good addition to the girl-marries-Sherlock-Holmes series. I think the amnesia endeared Mary Russell to me; she sometimes seems too smug.
- A General Theory of Love, Thomas Lewis. This was an interesting if a bit repetitive discussion of the science and biology of the emotion love.
- The Sharing Knife 4: Horizon, Lois McMaster Bujold (reread). At first I was grumpy because I really liked the idea of an insoluble problem, but the more I get over the book it isn't the more I appreciate the book it is.
- My Real Children, Jo Walton. Very cool. Highly recommended.
- Poppleton and Friends, Cynthia Rylant (picture book) Why do the animals wear shirts but not pants? Inquiring minds want to know.
- A Bug, a Bear, and a Boy, David McPhail (picture book). Even the
fifthsixth grader noticed the alliteration -- let's hear it for the letter B. An exceptional easy reader -- simple but not boring.
What am I currently reading?
- The Midnight Tunnel, Angie Frasier. The library is calling this middle grade mystery home so I am trying to finish it quickly. I like the setting -- a holiday hotel in Canada in the early 1900s.
- The Girls of Atomic City, Denise Kiernan. A paperback pick from the library that looks interesting. I hope it's a quick read as it's due on Thursday.
- English Fairy Tales and More English Fairy Tales, Joseph Jacobs. The last book for my Reading My Library Quest, Juvenile Section.
- Shards of Time, Lynn Flewelling. The series is long enough to get a bit top-heavy -- I hope she reminds me of backstory because it's all muddled, but I can usually trust Flewelling to tell an interesting tale.
- The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison. I am slowly savoring this. I suspect when I finish it I will go back to the first page and start all over again.
- Cathedral of the Wild, Boyd Varty. Tough family life.
- Tinker, Wen Spencer. I'm rereading to see how it works with Wood Sprites. And because I like rereading it.
- The Golden Leopard, Lynn Kerstan. Finally made some progress!
- Inkheart, Cornelia Funke. Recommended by Talbot Hill Elementary book club. Library due dates keep pushing it back -- see Black Butler up ahead, another recommendation.
- The Son of Neptune, Rick Riordan. Following up on this series. Since I own it, there is no urgency.
- Out to Canaan, Jan Karon. Some reunions, which probably mean more to people who read the earlier books.
- The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens. Quite dull.
- How To Write Science Fiction & Fantasy, Orson Scott Card. How to live the life of a real writer.
- Cybils: 48/77. Time to get cracking on these again.
- Where Am I Reading? 29/51. Gosh darn it, I already had Alabama! I need Alaska, Arizona and Arkansas. Also Colorado and Connecticut -- any recommendations?
- Alphabetically Inclined: 18/26. It would help to catch up on these library books so I can read more from my shelves!
- What's In a Name?: 6/7. Weather is surprisingly hard. Would "Heat" count?
- Book Bingo: Finished a square! Seven boxes into the next one since I last calculated.
- Gentle Spectrum Challenge: 10/10 colors, but I still need a cheesy title. The Other Goose would count, but I want a longer entry.-
- Small Fry Safari: 7/8. No change. Still need something precious.
- PoC Speculative Fiction 9/5: Three books this week would qualify. Maybe four, but I forget how dark the protagonist of Skin Heat was.
- Best of the Best 2012: 52/25. I am stalled.
- Reading My Library: One book to finish off the first section. Then I go on break while they rebuild the library.