I want to read all the books.

I still read things…

So, the school year started, and then I moved, and then I got married, and then I started unpacking, and I’m sill unpacking, and teaching, and trying to spend time with the now-hubby. 

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Sweet, sweet tumblr. 

It was so long to be without cat gifs. Too long. 

A Wrinkle In Time, Madeleine L’Engle

This is one of the book-club books, and something I hadn’t read in a decade, or so. And mostly, I didn’t remember a single thing about it. 

It’s pretty great. It was also written in 1962, so there is a funny description of a room full of computers that made me chuckle. Overall, it’s a story of good versus evil. And of course, it is love that triumphs evil. 

My book club meeting is on Wednesday, and I’ll talk all about this book then, so for now, this will be this. 

tumblrbot said: ROBOTS OR DINOSAURS?

The answer, tumblrbot, is obviously robotic dinosaurs. 

library woes

This is not a book review. This is more about where I get my books… 

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Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine

After reading the Lunar books (cyborgs!), I wanted to read more fairy tale adaptations, and I remembered this gem, which I haven’t read since I was a wee child (like 10? or maybe 8?) 

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post, by emily m. danforth

This book! 

I picked it up (on my kindle) because I had read about the hullabaloo over it on a high school reading list, and if there’s a book that’s been challenged for inappropriate gayness on a high school reading list, it makes my reading list in an instant. 

However, this book was not quite what I expected.

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The Star Scroll, and Sunrunner Prince, by Melanie Rawn

Following my reread of The Dragon Prince, I continued on with the trilogy, reading the next two with quick succession, reading Sunrunner Prince as an e-book on my phone because I was on a camping trip and *gasp* hadn’t packed enough to read. (I left my kindle at home, too). 

One thing that I love about epic-anything is family sagas. Large, complicated, ridiculous family sagas. These books have so much of that and more. Dragons, magic, sun/moon/star light weaving, evil high princes, super evil disgruntled princesses… 

I don’t really know what to say about these books overall. I enjoyed them, and would recommend them to anyone who wanted to read some epic fantasy featuring a number of intelligent ladies, alongside the powerful men. I will definitely keep up with the reread of them, to think about them a little bit more.

I started to read Stronghold, the next book in the series, but it isn’t grabbing me the way the first three did, so I’ll probably leave them alone for now and read other things, like sad cancer books.

Sad Cancer Book Is Sad

The back of this paperback describes the protagonist’s love interest as “a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters.”

I liked the scenes in Amsterdam, and the writer’s assistant was great. I read this over the course of my bath water getting cold, and it made me tear up once.

I would recommend this to students who love weepy tragedies, but it’s not really my genre of fiction, even YA fiction.

Dragon Prince, by Melanie Rawn

I picked this up because started a reread of it. I read it the first time when I was in high school, and deep in the midst of reading every piece of fantasy I could put my hands on. 

Rereading it, I’m happy to say I enjoyed it, though like the reread on Tor, there are parts if it that now-me and high school-me feel differently about. 

One thing that impressed me was how women are given places of power both in the noble ranks and the common. The beautiful bride if the Dragon Prince is, of course, beautiful, intelligent, and powerful. But the captain if the guard is also a woman, and the archer in the field of battle is a woman, and the person who helps study the habits of the dragons is a woman. While the bulk of the epic power play hinges on male heirs vs female daughters, women in their day to day life are involved in all walks.