I have managed to make a huge dent in my reading goal this summer so far. There's very little that is more pleasant than sitting outside on the porch, listening to the birds, surrounded by flowers, with a stack of books by my side.
Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd. I picked this one up because I was intrigued by a book I saw in the staff pick of Powell's by Patrick Ness that said it was "inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd." I quickly Googled Siobhan Dowd on my phone and learned that anyone who loves young adult fiction must read her books. I couldn't agree more with my Google search. This was a thought-provoking story about the IRA and the 1981 hunger strike in Ireland that made me want to learn more about the history of the country.
Sweetly by Jackson Pearce. Once I get on a young adult fiction streak, it's hard to get me to budge. This is another book suggested by the Powell's staff (They have amazing taste, by the way.), and I found it so intriguing I read almost the entire thing in one sitting. (It helped that the sitting was done on a beautiful sunny Saturday in my back yard when I should have been doing my work.) It's a new take on Hansel & Gretel that I found to be very fun and enjoyable. I'm definitely going back for more of this author's work.
Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black. Yep, Holly Black again. I'm a woman obsessed! I remember seeing this book at Borders when it first came out and wanting to read it, but at the time I was in college and had very little time for pleasure reading. A decade later, I finally found the time, and I am so glad I did. I have a feeling I'm going to devour all of Holly Black's books this year. I already have another one sitting in my to-read pile.
Black Spring by Alison Croggon. This is one of those books that I picked up just based on the cover. It turned out to be a story inspired by Wuthering Heights (one of my favorite books) but with witches (one of my favorite things). Thoroughly enjoyable!
The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter. I found out about Angela Carter through the Black Apple's blog. She has a beautiful way of writing that I fell in love with at once. Every so often, I spy her books in the sale shelves at Powell's, and I can never pass them up.
Divergent by Veronica Roth. I always get excited when reading becomes part of pop culture, and the recent trend of young adult books becoming movies has been a great way to get more people reading. Of course, I can never see a movie without first having read the book, so I took this one on the plane with me to England. It was a great way to pass the time, and it kept me pretty interested during the whole trip.
Fathomless by Jackson Pearce. This is another young adult novel based on a fairy tale, this time with the little mermaid as the main character. I did realize a few chapters in that it's actually a sequel to Sweetly and that I had started this series in the wrong order, but that didn't keep me from loving it. Next up is the first book in the series, Sisters Red, so that I can get back on track with the overarching plot.
(The photo at the top is a shot of Greenland from the airplane. Staring out the window at the ocean was my other form of entertainment on the plane ride to England. I've always wanted to visit Greenland so seeing it like that was pretty incredible.)