Léna is also a Regional Manager for Writopia Lab whose mission is to foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking in kids and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing.

"Well, the question is, what do you want to believe? Do you want to live in a world where things are possible, or in one where they aren't?" Cin, Edges.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Summer Reading, Part Deux

Ah, summertime and I am in-love with books again. I have kept true to my promise of a reading frenzy, as I marinate the plot of my next book in my head. (Former child star, Harper Danzig, gets a job playing "Cinderella" on a Disney cruise ship. For reals. I went on a Disney Cruise last year and was fascinated. My imagination went into overdrive.)

In the past week or so I've read A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, Divergent  by Veronica Roth and I'm in the middle of reading the first book in Tamora Pierce's Circle of Magic series (for The InbeTWEEN Pages Book Club. This Wednesday!)

It's a good thing that Harkness' second installment of the All Soul's Trilogy, Shadow of Night,  is coming out tomorrow, and that Roth's Insurgent is already out.

I wasn't too keen on the romance angle of Discovery of Witches at first, and I laughed out loud when "they" (the vampire and the reluctant witch) started doing yoga together, but I read on, intrigued by Harkness' sense of not only history, but philosophical history; intrigued that our heroine, Diana, is not only brilliant and tough, but really has no idea who she is. And I loved that Harkness' main characters are deeply flawed and that the folks who raise Diana are lesbians. By the end I was thoroughly engrossed and I can't wait to read the next one. Perfect summer reading!

I read Divergent very quickly, yet savored every word. What took me so long to take this out of the library? This author is so young, yet so masterful at suspense. And I LOVED the romantic tension in this one - it wasn't cheesy at all. (I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of The Hunger Games.) Roth does an excellent job of having our main character, Beatrice/Tris develop a moral consciousness.

Yes, there is a "fantasy" theme, but I have quite a variety of other genres waiting to be read on my night table as well!

Next up: (besides Shadow of Night and Insurgent)

The Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes (for my adult book group)
Summer and Bird - Katherine Catmull (book not out yet peeps - I am friends with the author's editor so she sent me an ARC.)
Brooklyn - Colm Toibin
Every Day - David Levithan (also an ARC - book not out yet.)
The Tiger's Wife - Tea Obreht
Awakening the Actor Within - C. Stephen Foster
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain (otherwise known as Suzy - the woman who set me up with Writopia Lab!)

I also have on order from the library: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rivka Brunt.

So . . . what are y'all reading? Will you tempt me to abandon my list?


  1. Have you heard of Kristen Cashore? She has three books that, while separate, all have entangled stories together. I recommend reading them in order of release date which is Graceling, Fire, then Bitterblue. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern was masterful, and as a side note, it is her birthday! I'm going to stop now seeing as I've mentioned 4 books, and if I go on long enough I'll be mailing you all my books. Happy Reading!

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  2. Thanks Ian - I read Graceling and enjoyed it very much - I'll have to check out the other ones. And The Night Circus IS on my list - I just don't have it physically yet. Happy reading to you too!

  3. So, this is a silly question. This book--> Former child star, Harper Danzig, gets a job playing "Cinderella" on a Disney cruise ship. For reals. When can I read it? Because, I want to read it now. So just to be clear, this book isn't written yet???

    I hope you are well. I do stop by and read your blog, but I am not so faithful to comment.

    Ashley from the Mobile retreat

  4. Hi Ashley - you're so sweet! No, the book isn't written yet, but I am so excited about it! Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hello! :-)

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