Since we’re allowed to get personal at least once a month on this blog, I thought it would be fun to talk about what I’m reading now. Because I work for the busiest library systems in the country, most of what I read comes right off the shelves.
I read a lot of Young Adult books because my friend, Jerene, the Coordinator for Education and Teen Services can make any book sound so fascinating you feel like you need to drop everything and sit down and read it. Fortunately, she never recommends a book that isn’t fabulous, so I trust her instincts.
Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton is the beginning of a series set in an alternate post-Katrina New Orleans. The heroine is tracing the final days of her birth mother, trying to find some resolution in her life, only to stumble on a nightmarish secret that involves ancient myths and a horrible curse. I can only say, I did NOT see the twist coming, and I love it when an author surprises me.
The other Young Adult novel I’m reading is the final book in Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series. Darkest Mercy is tying up all the various characters in the series, and the Summer Faery Queen, Aislinn, who was transformed from mortal to fae is facing the toughest challenge of her short reign, as war comes to the faeries.
I just finished Enemy Within by Marcella Burnard, and I think it’s an amazing blend of hard Science Fiction, (if you’re a Trekkie, you’re gonna love the spaceships and gadgets in this book) and romance. I think it’s hard to keep a balance in that sub-genre, and she keeps the plot moving while the relationship simmers. She just won a Reviewer’s Choice Award from Romantic Times, and is nominated for a RITA.
For real science that can scare the bejezzus out of you, read Hot: Living through the Next Fifty Years on Earth by Mark Hertsgaard. Real science is really scary when you realize that you will not be able to take a vacation from climate change, because it’s coming whether you’re ready or not. We do need to make changes in our daily lives, but we will be mitigating the effects not avoiding them. I’m cheered up to discover that King County, (where I live), was one of the first governments to begin preparing, but less than happy to consider the world my granddaughter will grow up in.
So, what are you reading?