Sheila at Book Journey.
Despite a hectic couple of weeks at school, I am reading. Blogging about books, posting reviews, reading and commenting on blogs: not so much. I'm hoping that once I get past the grading frenzy that approaches as the quarter draws to a close, I will have a little more time for reading blogs and writing reviews. So here's what I've been reading:
During silent sustained reading time (every Friday) I usually read something from our school media center. I am more than halfway through My Lobotomy, a memoir by Howard Dully. This gut-wrenching book recounts the life of Howard Dully, who was the victim of a lobotomy at age twelve, mostly because of the decisions made by an egotistical and sadistic doctor, and a neurotic stepmother. I've also been reading Burned by Ellen Hopkins. Hopkins writes for a young adult audience, and her fiction is written entirely in verse. Students are enthralled by these books, so I thought I would see what it's all about. I'm impressed.
At home I've been finishing up the galley/advanced reader copy of Dave Maine's Gamble of the Godless, a strange and strangely endearing fantasy novel by a respected novelist who usually takes his stories from Biblical tales. Gamble of the Godless is available only as an e-book. A full review is coming soon.
Also at home, I started Christy English's To Be Queen this weekend. It was exactly the right book for my crazy life. To Be Queen tells the story of Aquitaine's early life.
Finally, I'll be starting Joan Leegant's Wherever You Go. It is a novel about three Americans in Israel. It looks like my kind of novel (complex, well-written literary fiction) so I'm looking forward to this one.
Oh, and amongst the published books I'm reading (or planning to read) I've been reading a manuscript by a talented writer and blogger. I'm a beta reader, which is kind of cool. My lifetime aspiration is to write a novel of my own, and it is impressive to read a work in progress that is so good. Who, you might ask, is this writer? The talented Mayowa Atte at Pens with Cojones. To get a taste of Mayowa's wonderful writing, check out his post "Notes from a Visit Home."
It's Monday-what are you reading?