Thursday, January 15, 2015

What I Read Wednesday

On Thursday! I had a horrible migraine Tuesday night and retreated to bed early, then I didn't get home until 8 last night. So I'm a day late. I hope you all survived somehow.

The Ask and the Answer (Reissue with bonus short story): Chaos Walking: Book Two
Monsters of Men (Reissue with bonus short story): Chaos Walking: Book Three
These are the final two books to the Chaos Walking trilogy. This is an excellent dystopia about life on a planet where men's thoughts can be heard by all, but women don't have the "noise." The ending made me cry! I really enjoyed this trilogy and the characters.

Libriomancer: (Magic Ex Libris Book 1)
The cover of this book was kind of embarrassing, but it was a good, quick fantasy read, nonetheless. The main character is a librarian. He is also a libriomancer, one who can use books to make magic--drawing objects from the books and making them real. In a world where Ponce de Leon and Johannes Guttenberg still live on, Isaac is caught in a dangerous situation where it seems a libriomancer is out of control and no one is able to stop or find him.

The Boston Girl: A Novel
I love a period piece done right and this was. Addie Baum is a first generation Yiddish immigrant. Born to strict, devout parents, she is torn between her older sisters: one who bucks societal norms, the other who quietly follows them no matter how painful it may be. The story is being told by 85 year old Addie to her granddaughter, as a reflective look back upon her life and her struggles and triumphs. This was a beautifully woven story.

The Strange Library
This was a very beautiful both, in both an artistic and a literary manner. The flaps of this book fold back and throw the reader into a lonely, dark world where a boy looking for a library book ends up locked in a jail cell by a man in the basement of the library. A man who would wish the boy to fill his brain with knowledge, so the man can feast on it. This was a very surreal story. Very short, with a lot of layers. I loved it.

Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island
I've never heard of Cumberland Island, a national park off the coast of Georgia, so I was intrigued by this book and the wild woman who lives there. Carol has been fighting for years with Carnegie heirs who own homes on the island, as well as the National Park Service, to leave Cumberland Island the refuge it is. Housing sea turtles (whose numbers are rapidly declining) and other diverse, beautiful creatures, Cumberland is and should be a protected refuge. This is something between a biography and an informational book, but I loved the story of Carol and her devotion not only to animals, but to protecting and loving the natural world. Although at times she seemed a little out there, it's easy to respect someone with such strong principles.

What are you reading?


Molly said...

I always look forward to Wednesdays because I know you'll have something I can add to my ever growing list of books. I'm reading Land of Love and Drowning, which is very riveting. And then a Neuropsych assessment book for school, which is less fun.

Unknown said...

I am reading Anne Lamott's new book Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace. I am enjoying it even though some of the essays are repeats from her earlier books. I am definitely a fan of her writing.

Barb Ruess said...

I'm glad you still posted this week because I love adding books to my to-read list! I've read:
- The Day of Atonement (Historical fiction set during the Inquisition in Portugal - a surprisingly fast-paced story.)
- Belzhar (Thank you for the recommendation, a certain 13yo in my house has her nose buried in it now as well.)
- 100 Sideways Miles (Another YA book and one with a very engaging main character. I really liked the coming of age story in this one.)

Theresa Mahoney said...

I had to go look up Libriomancer after you talked about the cover. It does look a little embarrassing to be carrying around. I think that's one thing that I like about my Kindle. You don't have to worry about some of the stupid covers authors put on their books lol.

One crazed mommy said...

Theresa - I did the same thing. :) Curiosity got me and I had to go check the cover out. Haha!
Nothing new on reading here - I'm sooooo close to the end of my book, and I don't want to put it down as it has my curiosity up...alas work, kids and life happen, and they think they are a priority over my reading! The nerve of them! Seriously - things are slowing down and hopefully I will be able to read more soon.