What I’m Reading Today (21Feb19)

I am part of the Goodreads Challenge and have committed to reading 300 books in 2019. This isn’t a big reach as I read over that last year. The only things that make this possible are audiobooks and online libraries.

The sidebar of this blog will keep you updated on my current (incomplete) books and most recent reads. However, I rarely write long reviews. I give a STAR rating and maybe a sentence (or two). Since I am having problems writing topical rants, I’ve decided to supplement my discipline with these posts.

Right now, I have four books in progress:

SHADOW SCALE by Rachel Hartman
This is an audiobook which I listen to driving, knitting or doing tech work on the job. I have bluetooth speakers at work and at home (and a MotoMod speaker for my phone if I want it). The phone on its own is even okay. I started with what would technically be considered the third book of the series (TESS OF THE ROAD), but I liked it well enough to go back to the prequel duology. SERAPHINA began the series and I listened to it in my typical 2-day fashion. I am enjoying the change in character perspective and knowing how things will generally end up.

THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED AT LITTLE BIGHORN: A LAKOTA HISTORY by Joseph M. Marshall III
Mythology of all kinds interests me as does comparative religion and  cultural anthropology.  In the case of Native Americans/Indians, this has led me to history, biography and ethnography. I am especially familiar with the Sioux (Lakota-Dakota-Nakota) literature. This author is a wonderful voice for his people and brings the perspective of the first and only “real” Americans to a wider audience. However, tribal nations (as he notes) can’t really be called Americans since they settled this land before it became the USA and remain sovereign nations themselves. I especially enjoy Indian authors and Indian biographies and autobiographies. I highly recommend this author.

WHERE WE GO FROM HERE: TWO YEARS IN THE RESISTANCE by Bernie Sanders
I’ve had this one in my Audible library for a while. I did pre-order it. I was motivated to begin it after the Democratic presidential candidates began announcing and have really been prioritizing it since Bernie announced. I usually have a fiction and a non-fiction audiobook going.

ENCHANTMENT by Charlotte Able (CHANNIE #1)
I began actually reading this ebook which I downloaded from Amazon months ago. It has languished on my Fire HD because I have been enjoying the feel of physical books and many of those are complicated and involve highlighting and sticky tabs. This is YA fiction, but some of the best fantasy and fiction has been for the past 20+ years.  This is the first book in the CHANNIE series. I follow so many series that I doubt I’ll be continuing this one beyond the three books that I have now., but I would recommend it. In my opinion it is the Appalachian version of HARRY POTTER combined with teenage romance. I read it when I am on my own someplace alone where I need to use my hands for other things and still want a distractions (like dining out). I can position my Fire and just touch it periodically to turn the pages.

What do you think?

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