Hey everyone! So the last couple of weeks have been somewhat eventful. I had to have surgery last Thursday to get my gallbladder removed, and have been laid up since then. Because of this, I’ve gotten quite a bit of reading done! Here’s a look at the books I’m currently reading!
Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
I have been working on this book for a month or two. A good friend of mine recommended it to me and lent me his copy. I had heard of the podcast it is based on, but I didn’t know they had written a book! I am currently on page 307 and I must say, while being quite the bizarre book, it is intriguing and I’m excited to see how it will end! I’m not going to even try to describe the premise of this book, partly because I think it would be better to go into this book blind, and partly because I wouldn’t even know where to begin!
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
My book club chose this as our book for our latest read. I started it a couple of days ago and it drew me in from the get go. I am on page 80 and still enjoying it, although some of the other books I’m currently reading are pulling me to pick them up more readily than this one is. I’m not sure if that’s my fault for reading four books at once, or if I’m in a slow spot in the book, or what. I just know I’m not as interested in it as I am in some of my other reads. This book is about a fictional future where abortion is outlawed…until the child reaches the age of thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, it is legal to have the child “unwound” and let their body parts be used to help others who need organ transplants or have suffered an accident. The book focuses on a trio of teenagers who run away in hopes of escaping being unwound.
Compulsion by Martina Boone
I decided to pick this book up because I was in the mood for an atmospheric book that would lead me into October and my more spooky reads. This book is about a girl named Barrie who moves to South Carolina after her mother’s death to live with her aunt. The blurb on Goodreads promises magical gifts, curses, ancient spirits, etc. However, I am on page 106 and haven’t seen much of anything supernatural happening. This is kind of disappointing, but I’m still enjoying learning about Barrie’s family history! Hopefully the spooky side of things picks up soon!
The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
I saw this while I was at a book store and it caught my eye, not only because of the gorgeous cover, but also because it was only $1.50! This is a collection of short stories and poems by various authors about fairies, goblins, and other creatures that go bump in the night. So far I’ve read 4 stories and one poem from this collection, which puts me on page 146. I’m enjoying some of the stories more than others, as is to be expected, but my favorite so far is Tengu Mountain by Gregory Frost. It’s centered around a Japanese mythology and is about a young man who goes to visit his aunt in the mountains and runs into some unexpected surprises. I think when I review this book, I’ll list my top three stories and/or poems and what I liked about them, rather than going through each and every story/poem and boring you guys to death.
Anyway, these are the books I’m reading right now! What are you reading?