It's May - the month of graduation and change and memorial - and I'm still taking that reading journey. Recent books read and reviewed include...
Running out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix was a really interesting children's book, despite my husband's complaint that it sounded like "The Village" revisited from the back cover. It's depiction of modern America through the eyes of a frightened 1840s teenager was just stunning.
Immortal Warrior by Lisa Hendrix was a surprisingly absorbing read, combining Norse and Celtic mythology with a fascinating historical romance set in the time of William the Conqueror. I loved it and can't wait to read more of the series.
Rion, by Susan Kearney, is the second in her Pendragon Legacy series. If I'd read it before reading Jordan (book 3), the latter might have been less confusing. Which leaves me wondering just how I'll ever complete my magical series without totally flumoxing readers who enter at book 3. A good lesson for me, and a fun read, though not for those who prefer their sci-fi and Arthurian legends to stick to the script.
Spring Maiden by Aubrie Dionne is a perfect lunch-time read, and a lovely follow-up to Winter Queen - delightfully musical writing, and an enchanting and whimsical love story.
SpokeWrite is the the Spokane / Coeur d’Alene Journal of Art, and contains a story by my son. There's lots of other stories and poems too and I really enjoyed it - I even found myself hooked in by the non-fiction pieces, which doesn't often happen.
And then, of course, there's Elysiana by Chris Knopf, a new release from the Permanent Press, and an excellent literary novel that I shall certainly be recommending to my book group. Another musical book, threaded with the sound of the sea and approaching storm, blending characters and scenes with such perfect timing that the reader's never confused despite the large cast. It's not just the old hotel, or its brain-damaged occupant, who has lost the thread of life's meaning, but a storm brings definition and strength to all.
Oh, plus my review of Elaine Hopper's Always a Bridesmaid is in this weeks Nights and Weekends.
So I'm still reading, and the various graduations of sons are still approaching, and it's May. (Help! How did we get there?)