To be honest, I’m sure other writers probably read a lot of really uh…writerly…things. But after a season of pouring all my words into a book and then watching God take it out into the world, I’ve needed way more fiction. And not even high brow, read all the classics kind of fiction. Middle grade stuff that I can zip through in two days with a strong storyline, compelling characters, and a fast moving plot. So here’s what I’ve been reading this week!
Kiranmala is a 12-year-old who loves black hoodies, purple punk-rock boots, and hates everything to do with princesses. Until her parents disappear on her birthday, two princes from another world show up, and she spends the rest of the book discovering that – not only is SHE a princess – she’s far braver than she ever realized as she goes on a search to save her family, and find family she never knew she had along the way. Oh and her emotions? The things she keeps bottled up inside, never showing anyone her tears? Those play a role that takes emotions from something she thinks are weak to the most powerful part of who she is.
I borrowed “The Serpent’s Secret” from the library and read it in two days. I couldn’t put it down – it was brilliantly written from a perspective and culture that was fascinating to explore. Now to wait super impatiently until the next one in the series comes out next year.
Leonora is 11-years-old and hates that her family won’t include her in preparing for the busiest day of the year for their Texas bakery – Dia de los Muertos. So she sneaks out of school during the Halloween festivities to see why her mom, aunt, and sisters have all been so sneaky and secretive – only to discover something far moe incredible than the cookies and cakes she expected to find.
I’m not quite finished with Love Sugar Magic yet but I’m loving the way this family is written – their love of their heritage, their legacy, the way the serve the community, and the way the interact with one another is absolutely…well…magical 😉
So, let’s chat. What are you reading lately? Give me more recommendations to find at the library!
Kirsten KroekerK says
Ha! I’m a total closet fan of teen fantasy – for exactly the same reason! Before kids I devoured those long epics, but now if it has more than a handful of main characters, has more than one plot going on or can’t be read in a couple of sittings, I can’t be bothered. Recent favourites are Cinder series by Marissa Meyer and the Hero’s Guide series by Christopher Healy (listened to that one as an audiobook with the kids and died laughing at the voices used!)
Hello Crystal. Right now, I am reading my children’s book published this week. Licky the Lizard. Good for Pre-K- 2nd grade. I am reading the story to our 1 year old grandson. 🙂
Michelle Komora says
YESSS this sounds like a good book! I’m OBSESSED with the Shade of Vampire series by Bella Forrest. She literally has like 65 books in this series. And I’m on book 62. 0_0 I’ve read them all. and LOVED them. I will feel like crying when this series is over. I absolutely love her books. I’ve read others by her as well! You should check those out because the plot and characters and things sound similar to what you just read! 😀