Hi! Welcome to my fourth It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post, part of my ongoing Week of Book Memes events. (To check out what I've been posting during past Week of Book Memes, click HERE.)
I took a week-long hiatus from my weekly book blogging but am so happy to be back. I have been very busy reading and writing-wise, juggling several story projects at once while trying to power through a few series at the same time. We were able to get to the library because of Christmas break, which has allowed me to read more printed books. Woohoo! I also got the promise of a free book of my choice (as well as a fun bookworm T-shirt) for Christmas, which I will definitely be using soon!
Scroll below to get a feel for what I've been reading...
Last week, I finished reading The Blue Castle, How to Be a Pirate, and Michael Vey: Fall of Hades.
The Blue Castle was...interesting. Though I won't say it was my favorite L.M. Montgomery book of all time, Valancy was an interesting character, and it was engrossing to see how she handled the possibility that she might only have a year to live. I felt like her romance with Barney was a bit one-sided at first (and I could totally see it coming), but he turned out to be a good partner for her. And, of course, reading Montgomery's lavish descriptions of nature inspired me to put more in my own writing! (I SO want to see Prince Edward Island in person...)
I decided to read through all twelve How to Train Your Dragon books shortly after I found myself watching and loving the world and characters created by Dreamworks based on the same series. I think I remember flipping through the first book before I watched the movie, but not having enough interest to continue with it. Though it's probably not going on my top favorites list, How to Be a Pirate was amusing and cleverly written. I think it's fun to see both the book and movie characters and note similarities and differences. (Though they often seem like totally different characters, I could definitely see some of movie Hiccup's snark in his book self in How to Train Your Dragon and How to Be a Pirate.)
Michael Vey: Fall of Hades was another action-packed installment in the seven-book series. I do think Michael and Taylor's relationship and temporary "breakup" could have been written better, as despite all the time they spend together it doesn't seem like their relationship is that deep. I also kind of wish more of the electric children were developed as characters, especially Tanner. Nevertheless, I enjoyed all the different perspectives (both on the good and bad sides), the feeling of suspense Richard Paul Evans keeps in his work, and learning a little bit about all the different places the Electroclan visit as save the world.
On the blog (two weeks before now), I got to interview Phillip Ulrich and Kaley Rhea, two authors whose work I personally admire. You can find my interview with Mr. Ulrich HERE, and my interview with Ms. Rhea HERE.
I also reviewed Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution the week before! You can find that review HERE.
Right now I've been reading Love Comes Softly. (This is really random, but I received one of the fortieth anniversary editions of this book from the library. Apparently the author signed all of these copies, and I was so happy to see that her autograph was NEAT! For some reason I have this pet peeve of purposefully messy signatures from famous people.)
Synopsis: Marty and Clem set out for the pioneer West full of hopes and dreams. They would stake a claim of their own on the new frontier, and build a home for themselves and their family.
But just after they'd arrived and Clem had chosen the perfect setting for their new home, an accident took his life...leaving Marty alone and pregnant. Then, on the day of his funeral, Clark Davis came along...and asked Marty to marry him!
Marty was infuriated -- but with no money, no shelter, and a baby on the way, what choice did she have? Besides, Clark said he only wanted her to be a mama to his baby girl, Missie. If Marty was still unhappy come spring, he would pay for her ticket back East.
Determined not to be a burden to Clark, and intending only to earn her keep. Marty threw herself into her new role of "Mama." But she had never been anyone's mama before, and she didn't even know how to keep a house! If only she could do right by this lonely man and his daughter just long enough to earn her train fare back home...
Now, Marty must learn wholeness and love through patience and faith.
Next week, I'm looking forward to finishing Love Comes Softly and reading Michael Vey: The Final Spark and The Long-Lost Home (finishing both multi-book series!). I'm also hoping to get and read How To Speak Dragonese and Winter, so I'll put those on the list too.
Synopsis: The Electroclan is facing a devastating loss: Michael is missing. What’s next?
The battle on the island of Hades ended with a devastating explosion that left the island a smoking ruin and much of Hatch’s army dead. Hatch survived, however, and while his plans have certainly suffered a setback, he’s more determined than ever to bring the world’s governments under his control. But first, he wants to wipe out the resistance and capture the remaining members of the Electroclan.
As Hatch’s forces storm into action, it seems nothing can stand in their way. The Electroclan is divided. The voice is captured, and Michael’s mother is being used as bait to lure the leader of the resistance out of hiding. Can anything—or anyone—stop the Elgen? Or is this the end?
Synopsis: Unhappy Penelope Lumley is trapped in unhappy Plinkst! Even the beets for which Plinkst is inexplicably famous fail to grow in this utterly miserable Russian village. Penelope anxiously counts the days and wonders how she will ever get back to England in time to save all the Ashtons—who, she now knows, include herself and the Incorrigible children, although their precise location on the family tree is still a mystery—from their accursèd fate.
Her daring scheme to escape sends her on a wildly unexpected journey. But time is running out, and the not-really-dead Edward Ashton is still on the loose. His mad obsession with the wolfish curse on the Ashtons puts Penelope and the Incorrigibles in dire peril. As Penelope fights her way back to her beloved pupils, the three brave Incorrigibles endure their gloomy new tutor and worriedly prepare for the arrival of Lady Constance’s baby. Little do they know the danger they’re in!
In this action-packed conclusion to the acclaimed series, mysteries are solved and long-lost answers are found. Only one question remains: Will Penelope and the Incorrigibles find a way to undo the family curse in time, or will the next full moon be their last?
Synopsis: The story begins when Hiccup, his friend Fishlegs, and his cranky dragon Toothless get separated from their class during Boarding-an-Enemy-Ship practice. They accidentally board a prowling Roman galley intent on provoking war. When they rescue a tiny nanodragon, they uncover a plot to steal every dragon on the Isle of Berk!
This is just the start to an epic adventure that will have kids laughing from start to finish, and shines with Cressida Cowell's trademark blend of action, humor, heart, and engaging illustrations.
Synopsis: With autumn settling over the cliffs of Mount Hegel, the bears of Haven are finally beginning to return to life as normal—as normal as it can be, with Growly and C.J. back from beyond The Precipice. But a blazing fire out on the Great River and a mysterious stranger on a desperate mission suddenly change everything. As winter approaches and a daring plan forms, Growly and his friends will realize that their world is about to change forever, and that sometimes risking all for someone else is the way that you find home.
Thanks for looking at my bookshelf with me! I appreciate anyone who takes time out of their life to look at one of my posts, and hope that you are having a fantastic Monday filled with good books!
What about you? Any reads you just finished? What books are you reading right now? Have you heard of or read any of the books on this post in the past? Please let me know! I'd love to hear your thoughts and hear more about your bookshelf. If you also put a It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post on your blog, please link to it in the comments so I can read it.
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