I’ve seen other people, via newsletter or blogs of varying types, do a 3 or other numbered post. I thought I’d do the same here on Sundays when I can as a week in review of sorts. I realize that technically the week begins on Sunday, but I’m used to thinking of my weeks beginning on Mondays. And Sundays are a more relaxed day in my household, so it’s a good day for this kind of post.
Last week I started back up with NetGalley. I don’t usually like to read ebooks. It’s just not as enjoyable a reading experience. I also feel like I don’t quite throw myself into a book mentally as easily with an ereader, like there’s a biological as well as psychological difference to reading an ebook vs a paper book. But I do enjoy getting to read books prior to publication and they are free. Last year I was new to blogging and requested more books than I could read, especially given how busy the first half of this year was for me. Now, I’m trying to be better about only requesting books that I truly think I will be able to review and hopefully will enjoy.
As the mother of a 3 year old, I read a lot of picture books and have started reading some beginner chapter books. I’ve always enjoyed sweet stories like Winnie-the-Pooh and Francis the Badger books. But I have a boy who has very different reading preferences than me. First, he really seemed to enjoy stories that featured trucks or vehicles of some sort. Then, he wanted stories that featured dinosaurs. Now, he doesn’t usually want to read fiction at all. He just wants to read non-fiction books about animals. Part of me thinks I should fully respect his reading choices, but I also feel like he shouldn’t just read non-fiction. So when we go to the library, I have him select two story books which often end up unread or only read once (unlike the many times the non-fiction books get read). This week I might have finally found a fiction book that he enjoys called Bonesville, which is perfect for Halloween, a holiday my son loves.
My latest book read is Lost Child of Lychford by Paul Cornell. Here’s the description given on Goodreads:
It’s December in the English village of Lychford – the first Christmas since an evil conglomerate tried to force open the borders between our world and… another.
Which means it’s Lizzie’s first Christmas as Reverend of St. Martin’s. Which means more stress, more expectation, more scrutiny by the congregation. Which means… well, business as usual, really.
Until the apparition of a small boy finds its way to Lizzie in the church. Is he a ghost? A vision? Something else? Whatever the truth, our trio of witches (they don’t approve of “coven”) are about to face their toughest battle, yet!
The Lost Child of Lychford is the second book in a series. The first book is Witches of Lychford. I enjoyed the first book very much and recommend reading it. The second book is not as good. I was halfway through before it seemed truly interesting. It’s a novella, though, so it wasn’t a huge number of pages before I was halfway through. I give this book a solid 3 stars. On it’s own, I probably would have thought it was fine, but just nothing special, but given how much I liked the first book, I’m disappointed after reading Lost Child of Lychford. However, it did definitely pick up towards the end of the book and I liked the first book so much that I’d read a third book in the series, if there is to be one. And I’m guessing this series is at least a trilogy, if not ending up being even longer.
(I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)
This is a sweet, but sad short story of a family dealing with an older man whose mental facilities are deteriorating. We see inside the grandfather’s mind and conversations of his son and grandson as they deal with this difficult time in their lives. It’s a quick read at about 100 pages, so it can be read in one sitting. An enjoyable, though sad story. A four star read.
(I received this novella from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)
The last book I read is Juliet Takes a Breath. It’s a coming of age tale involving a gay Latina who travels from the Bronx to Portland, Oregon as a summer intern for a famous white feminist. The book is funny, human, inspiring, and educational. This is a book that more people should be reading and talking about. The characters are well written, the story is interesting and enjoyable to read. Frankly, I’m not sure why it’s not getting the buzz that some less worthy books are getting. I highly recommend reading it and plan to buy it for Christmas gifting this year.
Miller’s Valley is an amazing book. The narrator is a girl, who by the book’s end is a woman. Her home is in Miller’s Valley and she is a Miller. Her family has lived there for generations, but the problem with her part of Miller’s Valley is that it floods severely and the government wants to change the dam so that it permanently floods the entire town, creating a nice little tourist recreational area. However, the residents don’t want to leave so easily because while this place may have its problems, it’s home and loved ones are buried there.
This book was beautifully written. I think it may be my favorite book of the year so far. It’s the kind of book that I imagine might get made into a movie, but I’m not sure I’d want to watch it because the director’s vision may be quite different from mine. So many of the books I’ve read this year were good, but dragged in places. This book flowed well from start to finish. It left me with the most wonderful feeling, as if I had just had a very satisfying meal with great dining companions.