Since I've sort of been on a hiatus from big creative projects, in addition to cleaning and getting organized, I've been reading! Seems like a long time since I've dug into any good fiction, so I've been reading a lot in the last few weeks. It's such a great escape for me. Here's some of my recent picks:
I really enjoyed The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice. Even though I'm kind of tired of the whole vampire/werewolf overload in books and movies lately, she's such a great writer, I thought I'd give it a try. It was fast-paced version of a wolf-transformation story set in Northern California, near the Redwood forest. There is a nice twist in this version, as the character who becomes a man-wolf can sense evil and hear victims of violent crimes calling for help. He becomes sort of a were-wolf super hero! Sounds corny, I know, but it was a fun, fantastical, and even romantic read.
After that, I switched pace to some good Young Adult (YA) lit, in hopes of finding things I can recommend for my daughters this summer. I started with The Mermaid's Mirror by L.K. Madigan. My girls used to love anything that had mermaids. We had movies, books, Barbie's and costumes that were all mermaids! I hope some of them will pick this one up this summer. It's about a high-school girl living in California who wants to learn to surf, but for some mysterious reason, her father has forbidden it. The story progresse as she sees what she thinks is a mermaid (or could it just be a seal) in the water, and then discovers a curious mirror among her dead mother's things. It's another fantasy, with an air of mystery and romance similar to the old fashioned fairy tales, but set in modern times with a believable teenaged main character.
I finished up with The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare, which I read as a child but didn't really remember. It's set in 17th century Connecticut, and tells the story of 16-year-old Kit who sails from Barbados after her grandfather's death to Connecticut to live with her aunt, whom she has never met. She had a difficult adjustment into the Puritan household and stark conditions of early colonial America. It won the Newbery the year it was published, and contains lots of interesting history as well as telling Kit's story.
Have you read any good books lately?