I’m recovering from shoulder surgery. What I’m finding is that reading regular books, with regular pages to turn, is very difficult. I’m really relying on my devices this month, with e-books and audiobooks helping me with my list of books to finish. Here’s my list of novels finished over the last few weeks, as I’ve been icing and exercising.
The Thirteenth Tower, by Sara C. Snider
This was a great adventure filled with fantasy and danger, and finding oneself. I love the humility yet steadiness of the main character as she navigates her way in a world that is new to her. Good solid middle grade read. I really enjoyed it!
Wild Born: Spirit Animals #1, by Brandon Mull
At a certain age children are chosen by animal spirits to guide them and go along with them on their life’s journey. They have powers, which they discover as they grow together. This was a fun read, the first in another of those middle grade series which features volumes written by different authors.
Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson
Brown Girl Dreaming is beautiful memoir written by Jacqueline Woodson. She reads the audiobook, which sometimes is not a good idea. Often I find that authors can’t effectively read their own books aloud. Woodson, however, makes this a treat, one that we hate to put down.
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Howling, by Maryrose Wood
This book was a blast from start to finish. I can’t wait to read the next one. Just picture some children raised by wolves, the gun happy Hunter who has discovered them in his forest, and the young governess who saves the day. Then go from there.
Forge, by Laurie Halse Anderson
Noggin, by John Corey Whaley
Sabriel, by Garth Nix
These books were recommended to me years ago, both by colleagues and students. I never got around to reading them until this year, when I have some free time, aand after my daughter recommended them all over again. I’m sorry I waited so long, and I’m ready for the next book right away.
Books of Elsewhere: the Shadows, by Jacqueline West
I listened to this one on audio as well. The story was interesting, the characters were diverse, and the premise was fascinating. Diving into paintings and living in the world’s there is a pretty cool deal.
Gracefully Grayson, by Ami Polonsky
The this is a beautiful book which all middle and high school libraries should have. Transgendered teens or those who are questioning, and their families, need this book. Brave and lovely, it tells a story we need to hear.