September 13, 2015

Quick Lit: What I've Been Reading

Woohoo, I'm so glad I'm not in my book slump anymore. I've been on quite a good little run - lots of mystery and YA stuff though, so I'm thinking I need to branch out a bit! Here are some quick looks at what I've been reading.

The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King. This is the first book in a Sherlockian series - starring a teenager named Mary Russell, the young protegee of the middle-aged Sherlock Holmes. I liked it, but I didn't totally love it. I think I'll read one more in the series before I make a full decision.

Half Magic by Edward Eager. Somehow I missed this book as a kid! It's very E. Nesbit-y, and actually references E. Nesbit a couple of times. A really fun, easy to read fantasy novel, about four siblings who find a magic coin that grants half your wishes. There was a tiny bit of almost-racism (stereotypes about Native Americans, Arabs, vegetarians, etc), but it was pretty subtle for a book published in the 1950s.

Devil of Delphi by Jeffrey Siger. The book's description says, "Think Breaking Bad, Greek style", and that's pretty accurate - except it's moonshine and Athens instead of meth and Albuquerque. Fast-paced, violent, and surprisingly funny.

Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce. When I mentioned this book in my reading plan for September, I said that I wasn't totally loving it. But once I got past the slightly clunky world-building at the beginning, I ended up loving it. Aly is an adventurous and likeable heroine, and there were some really funny and clever moments in the book. I've started the sequel, Trickster's Queen, and it's really good too. I just wish they had better covers! I'm not a fan of the cover art and oddly tiny title.

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry. This one isn't as good as The Giver, but I thought it was interesting how the dystopian society in this book went in the opposite direction from the one in The Giver - being ruled by ignorance and temper and violence rather than kindness and technology and assimilation.

The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz. This continuation of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy was pretty good. It wasn't quite as mesmerizing as the original books, but I enjoyed it, and it was fun to revisit Mikael and Lisbeth.

What have YOU been reading?

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