Bookish Posts This Week

Taking Flight – A war orphan from Sierra Leone becomes a ballerina.

10 Books Added to My TBR list

How Books Lower Your Stress Level – It isn’t the way you think.

Somewhere Inside – The story of Laura Ling’s captivity in North Korea

Crazy Rich Asians – Think Asian Danielle Steel

Around the Internet

There’s a #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge going on. I’m signing up because there is a scavenger hunt at the end of the month. Check it out here.

Listening To This Week

Written in Red (The Others, #1)Written in Red by Anne Bishop

“As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.” From Goodreads

I’m loving this book. I’ll finish it on the trip to and from my parents’ for Easter. I’ll probably get the sequel immediately.

Reading This Week

Born to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen VictoriaBorn to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria by Julia P. Gelardi

“Here are the stories of Alexandra, whose faith in Rasputin and tragic end have become the stuff of legend; Marie, the flamboyant and eccentric queen who battled her way through a life of intrigues and was also the mother of two Balkan queens and of the scandalous Carol II of Romania; Victoria Eugenie, Spain’s very English queen who, like Alexandra, introduced hemophilia into her husband’s family—with devastating consequences for her marriage; Maud, King Edward VII’s daughter, who was independent Norway’s reluctant queen; and Sophie, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s much maligned sister, daughter of an emperor and herself the mother of no less than three kings and a queen, who ended her days in bitter exile.” from Goodreads

I’m about halfway through this book. World War I has just ended. Alexandra is dead and some of the others have lost their thrones.

Shadow Scale (Seraphina, #2)Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

“The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself—for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways.” from Goodreads

I don’t remember a lot of details from Seraphina except that I really liked it so I hope I can remember enough to read this sequel.