You know I’m feeling icky when I choose sleep or zoning in front of the TV over reading, and I’m afraid that’s happening more and more these days. Am I whining about morning sickness? Yes, I guess I am (although, in all honesty, it’s the headaches that are really dragging me down!). I had hoped that taking it easy during the first trimester would mean more reading time, but it’s really just meaning more naps!
All of that said, I’m thankful for a healthy baby and all those good pregnancy hormones, and I will happily give up my reading goals in exchange!
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This Week’s Reads
Touching the Clouds (Alaskan Skies Book #1): A Novel by Bonnie Leon
Touching the Clouds is a story of a female pilot who heads to Alaska to pursue her dream as an Alaskan bush pilot. There she confronts the prejudice against her as a female pilot as well as demons from her past as she learns to fly in the treacherous conditions of the Alaskan winter. With touches of romance and adventure, I really enjoyed this story as a light, easy read this week.
However, one thing I’ve found frustrating with historical fiction this year (strangely enough, I don’t remember ever running into this before) is that there are no historical details of the story. Sure, the year is mentioned once or twice, and the plane she flies was a crank plane, but I love when stories include descriptions of the characters’ clothing, the political climate and the minutuae of their day that really gives me a glimpse into life at that time, and I felt like this story was missing that.
Princess Academy: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale
I really enjoyed Princess Academy last month, and I was excited to pick up and read the second story in the series, Palace of Stone, this week. Both of these books are enchanting and well written, and I truly enjoyed them, although I found Palace of Stone to be a little more juvenile and immature in some of the writing and internal dialogue. That’s not necessarily a bad thing in a book written for children, but I didn’t feel that way about the first book at all, so it caught me by surprise this time.
That said, there are some mature themes in the book — about love and rebellion and the responsibilities of leaders to their people — that I don’t think my girls would fully appreciate yet, but I’m looking forward to rereading them with them in a few years.
On My Reading List for This Week
A few years ago at the BlissDom blogging conference, I heard Scott Stratten speak for the first time, and I immediately bought his first book, UnMarketing, and read it on the way home from the conference. That single book has had a bigger impact on my blogging and other business models — especially the way I handle interactions with readers and customer service — than any other business book I’ve read (and I was a business major with a minor in marketing).
I was slightly jealous to hear that he spoke again at this past weekend’s BlissDom, so I downloaded Unmarketing to my new Kindleandpurchased his new book to read this week.
I also bugged Shaina for her top reads so far this year and added a few of those to my reading list as well. We’ll see how many of these I actually get through this week!
- UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging. by Scott Stratten
- The Book of Business Awesome / The Book of Business UnAwesome by Scott Stratten
- The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
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