- A 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 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.
- Art With Anything: 52 Weeks of Fun Using Everyday Stuff by MaryAnn Kohl - I really like her art books for young children, so I thought I'd check out this new one.
- The Brown Paper School Presents: The I Hate Mathematics Book by Linda Allison, Marilyn Burns, and David Weitzman
- More Than Counting: Whole Math Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten by Sally Moomaw and Brenda Hieronymus
- Preschool Math by Robert Williams, etc
- Rags: Making a Little Something out of Almost Nothing by Linda Allison
- Razzle Dazzle Doodle Art by Linda Allison
- Write from the Start: Tap Your Child's Natural Writing Ability by Donald Graves