It’s a new year, so that means new books to add to the reading list. It’s taking me forever to finish A Dance of Dragons but once I do finish, I will need something else to read. Perhaps one of these books will pique my fancy.
GeekDad had a post about reading books at the same time as your child. The author was discussing it in terms of school assignments, but in general, it gives you something to discuss with your child that isn’t “What did you do at school today?”. I’m always on the lookout for good books for the kids and myself to read. I thought Car-Jacked by Ali Sparkes and The Iron Trial by Holly Black, the first book in the Magisterium series, looked interesting.
I went to a Science Cafe talk on drugs and adolescents. The premise of these talks is you meet in a bar and have a speaker that talks about some science topic. I love science, and I like beer so why shouldn’t I go. As a bonus, I have an adolescent in the house (ahh!! – he’ll be a teenager this year!) and I talk about drugs and their impact on the brain in the Human Biology class I teach. I hung around after the talk to chat with other professors who were there. When I mentioned my interest in the topic, the speaker recommended that I read The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults by Frances Jensen. Onto the reading list it goes.
GeekDad does a great job of putting books on my reading list. This time it was from a Stack Overflow post. I picked out two books I wanted to read. The first is The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. There’s crazy things happening in the world, but this is all about the lives of some normal people, just trying to keep up their normal lives. The second book was The Murdstone Trilogy by Mal Peet. It sounds like a bit of a meta-book, addressing publishers’ desires to find the next big thing by publishing a novel just like the last big thing, particularly in YA. Sounds fun to me!
Nicole V. Bennett had a post about all the books she read this fall. She had read several books by Sarah Addison Allen, and mentioned the stories had a big of magic. I had forgotten how much I like this genre, until I read Crystal Gardens by Amanda Quick. I’ll probably just grab whatever books looks most interesting at the library.
And finally, some science fiction books. My husband passed on an Ars Technica list of binge reading books for the holidays. I didn’t manage to do any binge reading, but most of these books sound great. I’ve got Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie waiting in my “To Read” pile, and I haven’t read any of the others. I have heard good things about a couple of the books, which means the others I know nothing about are in good company and likely to be good as well.
So, anything look good to you? Anything else you want to recommend?
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