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Things have been very exciting for me book wise lately! Which is great since I'd been in somewhat of an exhausted slump before.
My friend lent me these books, and they are everything I wanted after the AtLA finale. Namely, lots of Zuko and getting answers on what on EARTH happened to his mom!! Aang looks a little different than in the show, and it bothers me that I can't exactly pinpoint what that difference is (his head shape? Is he older looking? But what about him makes him look older exactly?). But really I was quite satisfied with how these books turned out!
The kids have also introduced me to a new series that I totally would have dismissed offhand otherwise:
The kids have both built their own "libraries" and have practically been BEGGING anyone and everyone to check books out from them haha! It's super adorable actually, and at their recommendations I checked out these (they thought it would pair well. Oh these kids. So cute!!) and you know...it really is a fun series. The first book is more of a...well if fairies were nonfiction haha. It's done as Wendy's diary and is more about cataloguing the different types of fairies. The series itself is surprisingly delightful. Iridessa, Lost at Sea was actually my first of the series (it was a reading-during-dinner pick) and remains my favourite. It's got a diverse set of fairies - both temperamentally, in skills, and racially.
Speaking of new favourites...
Oh my god. I LOVE THIS AUTHOR!!! I read Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake and immediately checked out what was the only available ebook by Sarah MacLean. NRtBWRaR is still my reigning favourite (and honestly it was so good I'm not sure that's going to be changed, even by another of Sarah MacLean's books) but Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover was phenomenal as well. I do wish I hadn't read it first - I have a feeling there was a HUGE reveal that I of course now know for the previous three books haha. But god - the women here (AND men) are extremely feminist and Sarah MacLean has a fresh way of making that work in a historical setting - particularly in the latter book. They were fun, thrilling, totally swoony (which I actually don't feel for most romantic men), and of course there were good sexy times to be had. If you like historical romance novels at all or if you are willing to try a romance novel, I'd definitely recommend these as a great starting place!
I'm reading a nonfiction book!!
Well ok, a memoir, but it's been very well researched and is as much about the AT itself as it is about the author's trip. A gym member loaned it to me and I've finally gotten to it. He's right - I really am enjoying it both because Bryson is both informative (and clearly did loads of research) and because it's hilarious. Also because Bryson is an insane person and started this trek without having any experience with hiking. Which...guys the AT is like....a BIG deal. In any case I have been thoroughly enjoying it so far and I'm proud because I have this vague sense that I've already read my one nonfiction (my standards of nonfiction are a bit looser than others. Memoirs totally count!!) book this year. And even if I haven't...I'm happily and willingly reading a nonfiction book!
I'm also waffling between picking up the next book in the Dresden Files (book 5 for me I'm pretty sure), I've checked out Gail Carriger's second book in the Parasol Protectorate, and I gave the 8 year old my copies of Anne of Green Gables since I've got them on ebook, I'm trying to only have hardbacks now since most of my paperbacks are barely hanging on now, and I'm missing books 3 and 5 as it is anyway. He's really enjoying the first book so far and it's making me want to reread the series (plus I have them on VHS! Oh Gilbert, be still my heart!) OR there's this book an author sent me MONTHS ago that I've been meaning to read and review and keeping forgetting to do. Yeah that'll probably be bumped to the top. So that's what I've been reading, and what I will be reading - what have you guys been up to?