Reading News

Finally, some reading news to report!

  • I had decided to read Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan because Marshall was reading it for his English class. His teacher had extra copies of the book, which she offered to parents, and I accepted the offer. I finished reading the book this week. Carefully structured and intentionally educational, it could have been awful, but the author did a wonderful job on this story about a Mexican girl who comes to this country seeking work during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl period. Highly recommended.
  • I am now reading Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan. Livia has been working her way through this series (she’s already on the last book of the trilogy), and I wanted to find out for myself if it was any good. So far, about midway through the book, I am not impressed. I think Riordan may have worn out his mythology schtick. I’ll try to keep an open mind, though. I still have 2.5 books to go, assuming I finish the series.
  • I intend to get back to The Waking Land and The Blue Salt Road after finishing the Riordan book(s). But, intention is one thing, and seeing it through is another. I know myself and my reading moods. I suspect that I’ll feel compelled to finish The Waking Land, because of how much time I’ve already invested in it. The Blue Salt Road, though it seemed to be a much better book, might go back to the library unfinished. That would be an unsatisfactory resolution, but moods sometimes make us do unsatisfactory things.
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