Book Posts This Week
A Time to Dance – 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.
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. He was my all time favorite author. His fans knew it was coming but I know that I didn’t think it would be so soon. I wasn’t able to read his last book Steam. I had it but read a few chapters while thinking, “What if this is it? What if this is the last book?” I couldn’t finish it. I don’t know if I’ll ever read it. I have to leave something out there to look forward to.
There are so many tributes out there but here are a few:
Trish is doing a Day in the Life event. Details here.
Reading This Week
I’m still in a place where I’m better at starting books than finishing them. I’m reading a lot but nothing is getting finished. I’ve forced myself not to start new ones mostly but I did get this one from the library.
Why do kings lock up their daughters in towers and have dragons guard them? Where do you even get a dragon? Why are all the princess white? What makes them think that the princess even wants to marry a guy who kills a dragon? 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 Chinese–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
“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 country’s most eligible bachelor.
On Nick’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.“