The magicians : a novel Lev Grossman
Sorry -not great. it took a long time to get started. not magical. not a grown up harry potter. but I might read the second one, because I was promised it gets better.
Parasite Mira Grant
Symbiont Mira Grant
I was going to explain – but it is easier to say she has an amazing story telling ability – In the midst of a big giant world changing event – she is still telling the story of individuals -that would be interesting even without the disaster. Book 3 comes out November 24th.
The darkest part of the forest / by Holly Black
I love Holly Black. Dark fairy tales are her specialty. In this book, there is a town that is on the border of a forest where fairy tales are real – all parts of them. There is even a glass coffin with a prince in it. The relationship between the town and forest has been balanced, but suddenly more of the evil side has visible. Then then coffin breaks…
The story of Owen : dragon slayer of Trondheim E. K. Johnston
Excellent. Way better than I expected. Current time period – but with added dragons.
pretty sure I read a few more books, but I just don’t remember ….
The sweet life : diabetes without boundaries / Sam Talbot
As you might have guessed , I have been renewing my education on diabetes. I picked up this book because it is by a chef who has diagnosed with diabetes as a child. I thought he would be good to read because he would have a perspective I might relate to – someone with diabetes who loves food. And then I saw the title on one of his recipes. Cchickpea and Cherry frittata. Seriously, it has been a long time since I have seen a recipe that was completely new to me. I had to see this book.
Well, I read it quickly over the last two nights — and it makes me sad that I don’t have the time to cook the way I used to. There is that much that is interesting and new .
I also , for the first time really understand the difference between type I and type II diabetes. They are related, but type one is that much more dangerous. Talbot keeps pretty tight control over his diabetes , because his reactions are so much stronger than the average person with type II. The diet/exercise/testing/medication regime is just the way he lives. I think being a chef may have helped him with his diabetes, because fresh food and really flavorful food are just part of his life. why would he eat inferior food ?
One of the difficulties I had with the book was how much attention he paid to his diabetes. I don’t know anyone that does that But then most of my friends are type II and even those of us that had it longer are probably still in the adolescent ( rebellious ) stage of the disease. In other words I found that part of it difficult to relate to . He made some things sound easy to do , when I know they are not.
But I also had a problem with some of the recipes — where do I get – hemp seeds , watermelon seeds, acai berry and Goji berries?
It was a quick read last night, so it is possible I missed some stuff, but I do hope to try some of the recipes and ideas.
Salt takes place in a world ruled by the Company , with the aim of making money. Society is highly stratified. It is not our world, but it is not an unfamiliar world. Hari, from the Burrows, must save his father from the Deep Salt. Pearl, from the Company, must save her self from an unwanted marriage. When they meet, they have to save much more.
I found myself impatient when I read this book. Partly because I felt like I could see what was happening, but more because the tension kept mounting. The ending was very satisfying, and yet I am happy there is a second book. Which I must go order now.
We had a house concert last Saturday — so there was a ton and half of work to be done. Much lees reading time, but I did read two.
Blameless by Gail Carriger– happily the ending was not a cliff hanger , because book four isn’t out until June or july.
I also read The Candidates by Inara Scott. YA and sadly too YA for me to read the next book. the ending was really good , but it draggggeed . premise: girl who is pretty ordinary has a special power . Suddenly offer a scholarship to a great school , she doesn’t know why — but we do And we wait and wait and wait for it to be discovered. With all the additional teen age drama . Not a horrid book, but not a YA book for adults.
In 2014, we cured the common cold and cancer. But in the process we created something terrible. Zombies.
Worse, it was ignored. Or under reported. It took the bloggers to bring the information to light.
Feed begins in 2039 , Zombies are a part of life. So is fear. But we still need news/information. and there is an upcoming election…
A friend of mine is supporting her friend in a 24 book challenge. 24 books in a year is not a challenge for me , or my friend. My friend S has decide that her 24 have to be classics. I am not officially joining, but I thought I’d try to read 24 nonfiction books this year. I’m starting with The Vagina Monologues. Not a long book, really and easy read. But something that I have been curious about.
But to catch up on other books I’ve been reading. First Harlan Coben. I never read any of his books before , but he is an excellent suspense writer. I just finished the Tell No One. Twist, twist, twist with the final twist on the last three pages. I’ve read 4 book so far, and while I expect a twist, I can’t really predict the Twist.
And I’ve read two book by Deborah Grabien. Dark’s Tale, her first kids book , I read with my book club. The kids were thrilled to be reading a book that isn’t out yet and to meet the author. Reading the story of a cat abandoned in Golden Gate Park was interesting and entertaining. And of course, two days before book Club I had to avoid reading what I needed to read ,I read another book by Deb Still Life with Devils . A paranormal serial killer mystery. I really loved it and the end has the pace and the volume of a rock solo.