Books I'm into

Summer reading
  1. Year of Yes by Shonda Rimes
    The only non-fiction I've read this summer. I ate this one up on the way to and at the lake. Takeaways include - Do what you want, not what's expected of you. - Isolating yourself from what scares you can lead to depression. - I started watching Scandal, created by SR on Netflix.
  2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
    This is a YA trilogy. Takeaways: Cinderella as a cyborg actually worked. - Writing reminded me a bit of Twilight in that there were lots of gasps and clenched fists and trembling lips (get the idea?) which can be annoying to a 38 year old who is not longer experiencing those visceral reactions. I liked it enough to get the next book on my Kindle.
  3. On the Edge Of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson: Read-aloud to my kids
    My kids loved this book. Every night we read a chapter, and after I read the title they answer with the tag line: "Adventure! Peril! And the Fearsome Toothy Cows of Skree!" The book did a great job building a world and suspense, as well as likable characters. My kids pulled covers above their heads in scary parts, and laughed out loud at the funny parts. Second book in the Wingfeather series is ordered.
  4. Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah: Book Club read.
    This book is dragging for me, but I've heard it gets better. A Russian mother who has never connected with her daughters is left with them after her husband dies. Will they reconnect through her telling of fairy tales? How much vodka will the characters drink or cause me to drink before the book ends?