On Wednesdays, I vow to inconsistently list some good books I’ve recently read.
The third book in the Grisha trilogy recently released. Which prompted me to reread the first two this week. (I have terrible long-term memory for books. Terrible, I tell you.) I just finished up the second one and am about to dive into the third. The first two books were loads of fun. This is a well-built world with interesting magic and fantastic characters. If you like fantasy with a strong female lead–
I just want to give a plug for three of the novels on the list that I’ve already had the pleasure of reading:
Robin Herrera’s Hope is a Ferris Wheel is a warm, funny story about poetry, poverty, and finding friends. You will read this book and fall in love with Star Mackie – I guarantee it.
The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer is a lovely, heartfelt story about a girl coping with the death of her mother, and finding a new way to define home. There’s beautiful poetry woven in and origami cranes! (Who doesn’t love origami cranes?)
Don’t you love the cover of Steering Toward Normal by Rebecca Petruck? This is a story about what it means to be a family. It’s warm and true, but also packed with hilarious hi-jinks and 4-H fun.
If you’re looking for a great summer read, you can’t go wrong with any of these.
The entire list looks great. I’ve just maxed out my holds limit (again!) at the library, requesting a slew of these for the readers in my house. I can’t wait to dig in!
In Caminar, Carlos talks about Xuba–which is not a real volcano. But did you know Guatemala has plenty of actual volcanoes? Not all of them are active, but Pacaya is. It’s often smoking, and sometimes spewing out lava. Outside of Antigua and Guatemala City, this mountain is very visible to most tourists who visit Guatemala. You can even take a guided hike up the side. (But you might melt your shoes!)
The music is a little dramatic, but the footage is beautiful. Volcanoes are terrifying and mesmerizing, aren’t they?
In Caminar, Carlos spends a day earning money in the coffee fields. Did you know coffee beans start out as coffee cherries? Here’s a video I found of someone picking these red, ripe fruit, just like Carlos did that day.