I've never been one to really get into "summer reads," particularly when they're about the beach, traveling or any other summer activities. That just doesn't represent me; I grew up not knowing what a vacation meant, except that I babysat my constantly fighting siblings instead of attending school. So it was a pleasant surprise when I read my Page Turners pick of the month for June and really enjoyed it.
Each month my family tries to do at least one read-aloud together, although we are able to do multiple books during the months my throat's healthy and we have a lot of commuting to do in the car! This month, we are re-reading one of my favorite series that I read many years ago, but my family did not: Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson adventures.
My family and I love the Beastologist books by R.L. LaFevers, better known by her teen works as author Robin LaFevers. They are about a young man named Nathaniel Fludd, his search for his parents and his apprenticeship as a young beastologist, or person who cares for magical creatures. They are quick reads--we have read entire books aloud in the car in a single day between errands before--and they are filled with magic, creatures and adventure.
A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that my book club was reading Angelfall for its May selection, and I've since read it plus Susan Ee's second book in the Penryn and the End of Days trilogy, World After, and I am beyond hooked.
Back when we bought the whole Lord of the Rings expanded set more than a decade ago, it came with the coolest Argonath bookends. You can see some for sale here. Like this set for sale, mine have also been broken many, many times, but they've also been hot glued as many times! I'm also known to use stacks of books for bookends because why waste book space?
Can you believe that summer's nearly here? I'm so excited to dig into my summer to-be-read pile. Some of the books I'm hoping to read look incredible and I can't wait to get into them:
Every year, Goodreads offers a fun challenge where you can set the number of books you want to read and work toward completing that goal. It's not as colorful as some other reading challenges, where you read books based on themes or random qualifications like cover colors, pictures, subjects, etc. but it's still a fun way to track and rate what you read all year.
Last night I finished a book called Beyond a Darkened Shore, written by Jessica Leake, and it's a fantastic tale of magic, mystical creatures, mythology and adventure. It's the story of a princess who lives in Ireland. She has special powers that make her people fear her yet depend on her for safety, and she has to embark on an adventure with one of her enemies, a Norseman with powers, in order to save both their people from a larger threat.
As a geeky Millennial who hid comic books in my math book, drew X-Men and had a Mogwai as my "lovely" as a little kid, you can imagine how excited I was to read Ready Player One. I'd heard great things about it from so many people whose opinions I'd previously trusted (ha!) and read it aloud with my 13-year-old. Holy cow, was it hard to finish. I get loving all of the references; I love it when Supernatural peppers them in, too. But they do it well. This was just, "I know this obscure reference, nyah!" And everyone claps when you know a piece of trivia someone else doesn't? No, dude.