It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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The written word has been holding me prisoner.

I didn’t post anything last week because I didn’t finish anything. I hate being repetitive and didn’t want to talk about what I was reading and then rehash all that when I completed the book.

Here’s my stylized version of what’s been holding me captive:

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#1: Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

This book reminded me of the TV show, Jane and the Dragon - a girl who trains to be a knight and who is friends with a dragon. As during those medieval times, Alanna is supposed to train to be a lady while her fraternal twin brother is supposed to train as a knight. However, both adolescents are against their stereotypical paths. So what do they do about it? Why, switch places of course. While her brother goes off to train as a sorcerer, Alanna cuts her hair and disguises herself as a boy while training as a page. She encounters bullying while learning fighting and magical skills.

This was a good read! I found it so interesting to learn about the beginning process of becoming a king’s knight. I’ve read a lot of medieval romances and was always curious about hierarchical positions in the army. I also liked how a girl went against the norm and took, plus learned, whatever came her way. If I was still teaching, I would have taught this book.

#2: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Will Traynor lived one of those X Games like life as he was into extreme sports. He was rich and had rich women at his beck and call. Then the unthinkable happened and he then becomes a quadriplegic. Lou Clark lost sight of her life ambitions along the way and was a homebody content with the safe and known. When she lands the job as Will’s caretaker, everything changes affecting both of them.

I was hesitant to read this book because I knew it wasn’t romantic fluff. I knew it would be an emotional story. I did start and stop a bit in the beginning, but once I hit the main road, I was off. I’m really glad I read this book. It makes you think about life, about people and their circumstances, and what’s really important.

#3: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flag

Evelyn, who goes with her husband every week to visit her mother-in-law at the nursing home, is going through a mid-life crisis where she’s dealing with menopause and when the only comfort is candy. Each week she sits down next to Mrs. Threadgoode who reminisces about the days in Whistle Stop, Alabama.

When I had my parent-teacher conference with Princess Cupcake’s teacher last Wednesday, she told me this book was what that movie, “Fried Green Tomatoes,” was loosely based on. At first I felt like this new information was somewhat of a spoiler because I remembered the movie still. So then, I didn’t even know if I was going to finish the book. However, after getting into its rhythm, I could see how the movie was really only a loose interpretation of the book. I got into the book’s format and started enjoying the characters and their town lives. Each person was certainly full of life and quirks. I really liked how even though they had differences with one another, they had each other’s back no matter what. Help was always given and things were always shared. I liked too how Evelyn got her groove back and got to know herself. I have always found it interesting to know a person’s story and it never ceases to amaze me how the sharing of one’s path can either help, enlighten, or heal another.

#4: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Sydney is an alchemist who makes sure the supernatural world is in order and stays hidden from humans. She becomes the roommate of a Moroi, vampire princess at a secluded private, boarding school in Palm Springs in order to protect the princess from those who want her dead. Of course the plan isn’t straight-laced as she’d like nor foolproof as there are twists and turns Sydney must find out and survive.

So I’ve said before how I’ve hesitated to read any vampire books because nothing seemed to compare to the Twilight series with the exception of Deborah Harkness’ trilogy. I felt I slugged through a bit on getting into the meat of the storyline. I was asking myself why am I reading about teenagers? I even hesitated to finish the book. However,  I understand now having finished the story, all that beginning stuff was to set up what’s to come. I liked the book once I got into the action and sat at the kitchen table all Sunday morning reading to the end. I gained a better understanding about the different species of vampire, whose job was what in Sydney’s supernatural group, and what was really goin’ on in the plot. I found Mead’s take on vampire powers creative. I will definitely read the next installment.

Congratulations! You’ve survived reading my two cents about each of these four books.

Now I have these questions for you:

What book that you’ve read made you feel deeply?

Which book that you’ve read made you think?

What book from your experience made you laugh a lot?

Which supernatural &/or fantasy book did you find believable and find cool?

I’m excited to read your answers!

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3 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What are you reading?

  1. I read “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe” when I was in high school specifically because it was what the movie was based on. I love the book and I love the movie, but as separate entities. I’m the same way about the Harry Potter books and movies.

  2. Oh! I love Fannie Flagg–and the one you are reading is not my favorite but I did like it. Her other ones are so much fun, and there is a new one out right now that I am asking for for Christmas. It has been several years since she released a new one. Hope you like her–and if you don’t like this particular one, try another one by her.
    oxoxo

  3. I think I mentioned to you before, I really enjoyed The Book Thief recently, I’m almost wary of seeing the movie. I have to admit, I have been reading for escapism not so much for thought. For fantasy, I’m a fan of Stardust, for science fiction, I am still a fan of the classic Dune.

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