In November I read a few books:
- Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning
- Floating in My Mother’s Palm by Ursula Hegi
- Retro Spec: Tales of Fantasy and Nostalgia edited by Karen A. Romanko
- Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning
- Breakthroughs: Classroom Discoveries About Teaching Writing edited by Amy Bauman and Art Peterson
- The Girl Who Married a Lion and Other Tales from Africa by Alexander McCall Smith
The Moning books are the most recent in her Fever series about… Well, I am not sure how to describe it. I have been totally captivated by these books. When I returned Dreamfever to the friend who loaned it to me, I told her I was so mad! She laughed and said, “I told you it was a cliff hanger!” The next installment won’t be out until January, and we are trying to be patient. These books definitely aren’t for everyone, but I am really enjoying the series.
Ursula Hegi wrote Stones From the River, which I read a couple years ago. Floating in My Mother’s Palm is similar in some ways, and even features Trudi Montag, the main character in Stones. I enjoyed the book. This isn’t the kind of book I usually read, but it was interesting. If you read Stones From the River, you would probably enjoy this book.
I read two short story collections, Retro Spec and The Girl Who Married a Lion. Retro Spec was speculative fiction / nostalgia. It was fun. I especially enjoyed one about hula hoops. There are poems as well as short stories in the collection, so it is pretty interesting as a collection as well as having interesting content. The Girl Who Married a Lion was, as the last part of the title states, a collection of folk tales. I don’t usually go in much for folk tales, but these were fun.
I also read Breakthroughs: Classroom Discoveries About Teaching Writing. I thought it was wonderful. It made me rethink some of the things I had planned for next semester. I read it while I was on the way back from Orlando and came up with some ideas to try this semester even. If you are interested in teaching using writing, I highly recommend it.
So now I am down to one month remaining in the year. I am not going to reach my goal of 100 books, I’m afraid. But I am having a lot of fun trying.