Finished This Week
What Am I Reading?
“Grace Owens danced her feet bloody to become the finest en pointe prodigy of her generation, but the only accolade she longed forâ€”her fatherâ€™s approvalâ€”never came. Finally, broken and defeated, she cut ties and fled to London to live life on her own terms.
Now, after four years as an actress in Londonâ€™s smaller theatres, a last-minute production change lands her right where she never wanted to be again. Front and center in the balletâ€”and back in toe shoes.
From his perch on the catwalks, machinist and stagecraft illusionist Isaac Caird canâ€™t take his eyes off Grace. A woman who wears menâ€™s clothing, but not as a disguise. An exquisite beauty who doesnâ€™t keep a lover. A skilled dancer who clearly hates every pirouette.
The perfect lines of her delicate body inspire him to create a new illusionâ€”with her as the centerpieceâ€”that will guarantee sold-out shows. Maybe even attract a royalâ€™s patronage. But first he has to get her to look at him. And convince her the danger is minimalâ€”especially within the circle of his arms.
Featuring a gender-fluid ballet dancer, an amateur chemist who only occasionally starts fires, and an old rivalry that could tear them apart.”
What Am I Listening To?
“In this memoir, Ken Ilgunas lays bare the existential terror of graduating from the University of Buffalo with $32,000 of student debt. Ilgunas set himself an ambitious mission: get out of debt as quickly as possible. Inspired by the frugality and philosophy of Henry David Thoreau, Ilgunas undertook a 3-year transcontinental journey, working in Alaska as a tour guide, garbage picker, and night cook to pay off his student loans before hitchhiking home to New York.
Debt-free, Ilgunas then enrolled in a masterâ€™s program at Duke University, determined not to borrow against his future again. He used the last of his savings to buy himself a used Econoline van and outfitted it as his new dorm. The van, stationed in a campus parking lot, would be more than an adventureâ€”it would be his very own Walden on Wheels.“
Wow, I wish I could read that much in a week. It looks like you read some good ones, too. Have a good week!
Looks like some great reading last week.
Great assortment of books. All are new to me. You certainly read a lot last week. Come see my week here. Happy reading!
Walden on Wheels sounds either mega horrifically pretentious or wonderful. How is it shaping up so far?
He does have some issues with coming across as a pretentious person but just when it almost goes too far he reels it back. Iâ€™m still listening for now.