What I’ve Been Reading These Days
Jill Williamson on September 15, 2020
THE EXPANSE SERIES
I’ve been hearing SO MUCH about The Expanse series on Amazon Prime—and about the books—I decided to read the first book, Leviathan Wakes, and see if it lived up to the hype. I liked the book. It’s adult science fiction—not what I usually read. It’s kind of a sci fi police procedural story. After reading book one, my husband and I started watching season one of The Expanse. Honestly? I’m not loving the changes they made from the book. And the pacing is slow (they’re making a whole season from book one), which meant my husband quickly lost interest. So, now I have to decide whether or not I keep watching on my own. Or if I give up the show and continue with the books. Have you read or watched this one? What did you think?
SWIFT and NOMAD BY RJ ANDERSON
Swift and Nomad, books one and two in the Flight and Flame trilogy by R. J. Anderson, are fabulous YA fantasy about pixies. I was lucky enough to get early copies, both of which I read aloud to my sixteen-year-old daughter. We loved them! We are hooked and cannot wait for book three, Torch, which comes out early 2021. Swift releases any day now, and Nomad comes out in November. If you love young adult fantasy, add these to your TBR list right away!
THE PLACES WE SLEEP BY CAROLINE BROOKS DUBOIS
The Places We Sleep by Caroline Brooks DuBois is a middle grade novel written in verse. The story takes place during September 11, 2001 and chronicles twelve-year-old Abbey’s experiences at a new school and her experiences after the 9-11 tragedies in New York City. Abby doesn’t live in New York, but her aunt does.
While this book is primarily a coming-of-age novel, it also powerfully showed the far-reaching impact that 9/11 had on people and their families all over the USA. The story also touches on the xenophobia and islamophobia that arose after the attacks. I really liked this book. It will make a nice addition to my classroom library.
PICTURE BOOKS WRITTEN BY JORY JOHN AND ILLUSTRATED BY PETE OSWALD
Have you read any of the amazing picture books written by Jory John and illustrated by Pete Oswald? I love these books! I first discovered them when my daughter brought home The Good Egg from her high school library. Said she checked it out for me. I loved The Good Egg SO MUCH!
Every time I got into a bookstore or Target, I find them on the shelf and read them again. I most recently read The Bad Seed, and I laughed and laughed. These books are a hoot. They’re also deep and thought provoking. Great picture books to get kids talking about feelings and kindness and being respectful to others.
Well, my son bought me my own copy of The Cool Bean for my birthday, and I was SO EXCITED!
Have you read any of these?