Happy Monday! Did everyone make it through the weekend with power? All the heavy storms and brutal weather seemed to pass me by, but I know folks who weren’t so lucky. I took a day off on Friday and camped out at my favorite coffee shop with a stack of books. I’ll get to what read in a minute, but first I would like to
Contemporary Fiction Book (or two )
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The high school rock band Dumb is soaring after their big win at Seattle’s Battle of the Bands. Piper Vaughn is fuming over a family betrayal. Their usually separate worlds collide in the hall one afternoon. In a moment of outrage Piper manages to insult the band and land a job with them. As the new manager of Dumb Piper must get the band a paying gig within a month. It is immediately obvious that the five band members are going to be a handful. Juggling their personalities is a full-time job on its own. What is not immediately obvious to Piper is the band’s talent. The trickiest part of her job is to promote a band that she cannot hear. It’s a rocky road to Dumb’s first paid performance, but along the way Piper discovers Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, and the real Piper Vaughn.
I also really love Pop by Gordon Korman.
Marcus Jordan is the new kid in town. Friendless and determined to earn a spot on the high school’s champion football team, he starts practicing alone in the park. He is soon joined by Charlie, a charismatic and odd middle-aged prankster who knows a lot about football. The unusual pair quickly develop a camaraderie, but when Charlie’s behavior becomes more unpredictable, Marcus learns the surprising truth about his new friend. Charlie is Charlie Popovich the former NFL star whose brutal tackling earned him the nickname “The King of Pop” and he is suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s. Marcus is not sure how to deal with this news, but he does know that he may have to defy Charlie’s family in order to do what is best for his friend.
I only finished one book this week and it was so good!
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy is the hilarious and charming middle-grade story of the real Princes Charming (Liam, Gustav, Frederic, and Duncan).
I am still working on A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin (I made a lot of progress and have officially reached the point where this is the only book I want to be reading right now), The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith, and The Technologists by Matthew Pearl.
My current ARC:
Quarantine: Loners by Lex Thomas.
I am also currently being taunted by Blood Moon by Alyxandra Harvey, The Diviners by Libba Bray (ARC), and Darkest Mind by Alexandra Bracken (ARC). So many books…
What are you reading?