What I’m reading
Goose Girl series by Shannon Hale (YA or older MG, fairy tales, beautiful writing)
I’m working my way through this series and thoroughly enjoying it. It’s everything a fairy tale should be — dark and touching and beautiful and a bit scary but with a satisfying ending.
Dodger by Terry Pratchett (YA, semi-historical fiction, Dickensian, street urchins, humor, ARC) pub. 9/13
I had a hard time getting into the story at first. The language is a little twisty and Dickensian so after reading several plain-spoken books it was hard to make the mental switch. I’m a sucker for clever-street-urchin books (The Thief Lord, The Demon King, Mistoborn) so once I got into the story, I really enjoyed it. If you like Dickens and Pratchett, you will like Dodger.
What I’m listening to:
Thanks to Amazon/Audible’s awesome sale, I’m listening to several books right now.
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (Japanese magic-realism, doorstop, rated R)
This hefty tome works surprisingly well (so far) as an audiobook. (I’m only 2.5 hours into the 45+ hour audiobook). Unfortunately I can only listen to it when the kids are not home or in the car with me so that really limits my listening time. Maybe if I can get headphones that don’t leak any sound I can listen while the kids are at the gym.
The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle (mystery, Sherlock Holmes, PG-13)
I was so excited when I got The Sign of Four for free last week. I listen to it in the kitchen while making dinner or when I’m driving with only one of the kids. Both kids and I are really enjoying it.
I’m giving it a PG-13 because Holmes uses cocaine at the beginning of the book — some parent might not want younger kids hearing about the book’s hero abusing drugs.
If you missed it last week, Amazon/Audible are selling some audibooks at a discount if you purchase (or have already purchased the ebook). Also you can get the ebook/audiobook of a bunch of classics for free. Books on the Knob has a nice roundup of available titles.
What’s on my TBR pile?
Uncontrollable by S.R. Johannes is coming out next week. The first book in this series (Untraceable) is the best indie YA I have read this year so I have very high hopes for Uncontrollable (mystery, outdoorsy, strong-girl protagonist, YA).
And Raven Boys is coming out next week. Need I say any more?!?