Tuesday, May 24, 2011

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Currently Reading:

  • A Discovery of Witches: A NovelA Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness - I want to like this book. My friend Heather lent it to me a few weeks ago and gave it high praise. It's about a historian, written by a historian and so far takes place in a research library (I'm about 1/3 through the book). (I was a history major and the book does make me a little sad that I'm not a full-time historian.) I know from experience that research can be exciting. Pop culture, in the form of Dan Brown and National Treasure, tells us that research into the historical record can be thrilling. Add in witches, vampires and daemons and this should be a wild ride. But so far nothing has happened in the book except a very strange romance and even that is plodding along. Tell me this book gets better! (I keep reading because I think something will happen eventually. I'm hoping there is a pay off at some point.)

Books I read last week:
  • Awakened (House of Night)Awakened by PC Cast and Kristin Cast - Heather introduced me to this series last spring and I am thoroughly hooked. There are times when it's a little silly or trite, and at times the dialogue is forced. The plot moves along quickly though, and the characters are sympathetic. I'm looking forward to the next book, due in November. I do wish that the authors would acknowledge an assault on the main character by a teacher that happened early in the series, especially since this book is written for teens. I feel like the authors are allowing a victim of assault to blame herself with no acknowledgement that she was not responsible. I hope they will eventually point this out.

Library Books This Week:
I am fascinated by the Brown Paper School series, and I thought I'd look into preschool learning activities. I'll write about them once I've had a chance to look them over.

I am linking to "It's Monday! What are You Reading?" hosted by Book Journey.


KrazyCricutKid said...

I'm reading the Chamber by John Grisham and with the kids we are just finishing up the last chapter of Charlottes Web

I've given you an award on my blog:

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I am reading The Obedient Child. It is slow going.