Book Posts This Week
A Time to Dance -Â A teenage classical Indian dancer tries to recover after losing her leg.
Invaded – How do you survive in high school on another planet?
Hunting Ground – If werewolves are going to come out to the public, they need to do some public relations among themselves first.
Ten Books for People Who Like Gods and Mythology
Around the Internet
I was in the middle of a truly annoying day when I got 5 minutes to myself to get my phone and was deluged with the news that Terry Pratchett had died.Â He was my all time favorite author.Â His fans knew it was coming but I know that I didn’t think it would be so soon.Â I wasn’t able to read his last book Steam.Â I had it but read a few chapters while thinking, “What if this is it?Â What if this is the last book?”Â I couldn’t finish it.Â I don’t know if I’ll ever read it.Â I have to leave something out there to look forward to.
There are so many tributes out there but here are a few:
Revisiting Terry Pratchett’s Discworld taught me why I love reading
What Terry Pratchett said about Death
Redditors are making sure that Terry Pratchett’s name lives on forever
Trish is doing a Day in the Life event.Â Details here.
Reading This Week
I’m still in a place where I’m better at starting books than finishing them.Â I’m reading a lot but nothing is getting finished.Â I’ve forced myself not to start new ones mostly but I did get this one from the library.
Princeless #1 by Jeremy Whitley
Why do kings lock up their daughters in towers and have dragons guard them?Â Where do you even get a dragon?Â Why are all the princess white?Â What makes them think that the princess even wants to marry a guy who kills a dragon?Â Find the answer to these questions and more in this graphic novel.
Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home by Laura Ling and Lisa Ling
“On March 17, 2009, Laura Ling and her colleague Euna Lee were working on a documentary about North Korean defectors who were fleeing the desperate conditions in their homeland. While filming on the Chineseâ€“North Korean border, they were chased down by North Korean soldiers who violently apprehended them. Laura and Euna were charged with trespassing and “hostile acts,” and imprisoned by Kim Jong Il’s notoriously secretive Communist state. Kept totally apart, they endured months of interrogations and eventually a trial before North Korea’s highest court. They were the first Americans ever to be sentenced to twelve years of hard labor in a prison camp in North Korea.
When news of the arrest reached Laura’s sister, journalist Lisa Ling, she immediately began a campaign to get her sister released, one that led her from the State Department to the higher echelons of the media world and eventually to the White House.” from Goodreads
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
“When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the countryâ€™s most eligible bachelor.
On Nickâ€™s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.“
Such sadness about Terry Prachett. He seems to have been as wonderful in person as his books are fun to read. But at least he left behind a huge body of work (70-some books) – and a fandom that will keep his memory green.
Both books new to me though I’ve seen the second one around on lots of blogs. Enjoy.
So sorry for the loss of your favourite author. I hadn’t read any of his work but the tributes around are surely a testament to how much he was loved and how much his writing was appreciated and valued by readers.
I thought of you when I found out the news. I was so shocked – I knew he was sick, but I didn’t realize it was that bad. I shouldn’t have been surprised – I’m pretty sure my uncle had the same version of dementia and it really does move fast. I’m more upset than I thought I would be too :-/. I love the posts you put up!
I saw Somewhere Inside last week and was intrigued. I hope you enjoy it. I was so sad to hear of Terry Pratchett’s passing though it wasn’t unexpected. I haven’t read any of his books (yet) but I know he was loved by so many and seemed to be such a kind man. Hope this week is a bit calmer for you!
I’m not familiar with the books you mentioned this week, but I hope you enjoy them all! Have a great week!
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