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Story Time!

I know, I know… I’ve been M.I.A. lately. But, as Jane said, things have gotten a little crazy over here. I’m in training to be an interior book designer/compositor, and it’s been sucking up most of my energy. But of course, I’m still making time for reading, and it’s about time I shared.

Since I last posted, I’ve had the pleasure of reading When A Crocodile Eats the Sun, a haunting memoir by the fascinating Peter Godwin about Zimbabwe at the beginning of Mugabe’s rule and a look into the plight of white Africans in our not-distant-at-all past; I read the slightly modernized reprint of Lois Duncan’s Stranger with My Face, and I loved it just as much as I did when I was younger (I’m slightly embarrassingly addicted to that book.); and I began reading three more books:

The first, which I am almost finished, is Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. The book publishes next month, and I don’t want to give too much away, so I will simply say that it’s about magic and evil and love and beauty and destiny and mystery and everything in between. It’s a YA book, but it’s written with a nice mixture of teen banter and poetry, and is overall a really nice read. I can’t wait until the mystery completely unravels!

The second, is a manga called A Bride’s Story and it is, simply, beautiful. I’m loving the story, and the artwork is so intricate, so gorgeous, that sometimes I just sit staring at one frame. Perhaps that is why I haven’t quite finished reading it.

And the third, which I had originally planned to focus this post on, is Hell’s Horizon by Darran Shan. I’m loving this book because (prepare to gag a little), my boyfriend and I are reading it together! And not in the acceptable, let’s-read-then-discuss book-club way, but in the totally adorable he-reads-to-me-as-we-lay-in-bed story-time way. I swear, we’re not regressing (though we do try to avoid admitting that we’re adults now); it’s actually a very sweet way to bond, and Hell’s Horizon is a fun action-packed thriller, definitely keeping us interested. You should grab a guy (or girl) and try it sometime. I promise, in no way will it feel like you’re back in high school, trudging through Silas Marner paragraph by miserable paragraph, if you pick the right book… and the right person.

Happy reading!

– Carin 


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“I think it makes more sense to write what you don’t know. To write what makes you uneasy, what you wonder about, what keeps you awake at night."

— Lois Lowry, at the BEA Children’s Book and Author Breakfast

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