This past week, I finished:
The Cracks in the Kingdom by Jaclyn Moriarty
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Jaclyn Moriarty is a genius. This book. THIS BOOK. Love. Love, love, love.
Also, I have a deeper appreciation for the first book, which I obviously need to reread now.
3/27/16: Okay, I love this book EVEN MORE now than the first time. Of course because I picked up things I didn’t pick up on the first time but also because I fell super in love with the characters in a way I didn’t the first go around. I knew Princess Ko was pretty amazing, yes. And, oh, my heart aches for Jupiter so much (SO MUCH). But also Samuel is pretty great and Keira, too. Plus everything with Belle.
So, basically, this book is pretty great, and I still 100% recommend it and the first one in the series. I am suuuuuuper excited for the final book in the trilogy.
I also decided to sign up for:
I’ll be blogging about fannish pursuits (aka things I’m a fan of or have strong feelings about). You can read my sign up post here.
As of today, I’m reading:
I’m still plugging away at Silver Sparrow and Necessary Endings. I’m actually almost done with the former. We’ll see how long it takes me to get through the latter. I hope to be finished this week, though.
My hold for The Magicians by Lev Grossman finally came in, which is terrible timing because (a) it’s an e-book, which means that I only have 21 days to read it, and (b) my copy of Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty (the final book in The Colors of Madeleine trilogy) should be here tomorrow (!!!). Obviously, after the above review, you can see which book will take precedence. Also, The Magicians hasn’t really grabbed me yet and it’s kind of bleak so far, which may not be what I’m in the mood for. So, we shall see how it goes for that one.
In other book news:
Our department sent out the call for our fall textbook orders today, and I went into a bit of a panic because I still haven’t decided which novels I want to use for my ENC 1102 (research writing) class. The deadline is April 7. And it’s a hard deadline, too. So I kind of had a mini-freakout, basically.
Right now I’m thinking Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Gareth Hind’s Romeo & Juliet, and possibly Cinder or The Hunger Games. It’s those two possibles that have me on edge. WHAT IF I MAKE THE WRONG CHOICE? WHAT IF I THINK OF SOMETHING ELSE BETTER? Etc.
For my creative writing class, I’m 99.9% sure I’m going to use Stephen King’s On Writing. Oh, and I need to pick a textbook for my LIT 1000 (Lit Appreciation) class.
So I’m not at all prepared for that very, very close deadline is what I’m saying. And I am also open to suggestions. The general theme I’m working with for the research class is protest art or art activism. Or at least that’s what I want the last paper to be about. Which means I am also considering something like Fahrenheit 451 or 1984. Catch-22 might also be good. You can see how those last two novels become ever more important then and why it’s also so hard for me to choose, right? Right.
Happy reading, everyone!
8 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What are you reading? (3/28/16)”
Have you considered Shadowshaper? It has a strong art focus and is fabulous. It’s not necessarily protest art, but the art is powerful and a main part of the story.
My colleague told me about it, but I haven’t read it before. I’ll talk to her more about it now. Thanks!
Also, the blog challenge is tempting me. Ack.
I’ve been meaning to read that Stephen King book for the longest time. I should request for a review copy. 🙂
Ok, you have convinced me to try A Corner of White.
I really, really enjoyed On Writing, very inspiring for aspiring writers, or really anyone who enjoys reading. I wish I had been able to read Harry Potter or Cinder in a college class! Being an instructor sounds fascinating (though stressful too, I’m, sure)!
I don’t know how you’d ever choose! So many books out there and so many fabulous things to discuss and learn about all of them. Let us know what you decide. I’m reading Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim of Tinker Creek and Margaret Atwood’s Stone Mattress. I think I’m going to buy the Dillard book. It’s amazing.