Yes, another song about domestic violence and another post about fiction that deals with this sad but real problem. A few months back I mentioned Rajdeep Paulus’s Swimming Through Clouds in my post Luka. If you haven’t snapped up this book, you are missing a fantastic story. And Rajdeep’s sequel Seeing Through Stones is even better. I almost deducted a star from my 5-star review of Swimming Through Clouds because there were dangling threads. But my reader-sense tingled and I knew there had to be a sequel. Glad I have that super-power, because both Swimming and Seeing are 5-star reads.
Without giving away anything for those who haven’t read Swimming Through Clouds, Seeing Through Stones picks up where the story left off. Well, not exactly. Chapter 1 adds a new POV character, Talia’s brother, Jesse. So minimal background. Talia and Jesse are the children of Gerald Vanderbilt. For those of my generation who saw Mommy Dearest and cringe at “no more wire coat hangers”, this generation will say “no more hot tea”. Talia and Jesse’s father make Joan Crawford look like supermom.
In Swimming, Talia gains an ally through a sticky note friendship with classmate Lagan. Life looks promising for Talia but what about her brother Jesse? In Seeing Through Stones, Rajdeep binds those loose ends with the skill of a master seamstress. While I’m sad this is only a two-book story, the ending is so satisfying that any more would be too many beads on the perfect dress.
I’ll ask it again, do you prefer escapist stories or those that cover gritty topics or a little of both?
Of course, I have to use technical terms when describing my reading habits. This time it’s comparing circuit types.
In the not so distant past, I read in series. Not as in The Sorcerer’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, well sort of, I do tend to read series books together, if they’re all published, but I mean something else. I used to read one book, stay up until all hours and repeat the next day with a new one. Now I read in parallel. I have multiple books in various states of being read.
So for the week of July 29, 2013, here’s what my TBR pile looks like.
I just finished Black Beauty about an hour ago. This link takes you to a free download. I will start on my next 101 chapter books list with Because of Winn-Dixie. It’s short so, I’ll probably have it read in a day or two. All of a Kind Family came in from the library. It’s not on this list but it should be. The book is a re-read from grade school and one of my favorite childhood books. It’s the story of a Jewish family in turn of the 20th century New York City. Think Rebecca Rubin of the American Girl Doll series.
In my pleasure reading pile, I’m halfway through Camy Tang’s Single Sashimi which I actually won in Mary Vee’s blog drawing. Yay! She now has a fan who will likely evolve into a tribal reader. I also got Jody Hedlund’s A Noble Groom from the library, so it’s next on my list. A Noble Groom came from Nancy Kimball’s Fiction Heroes Features. Where I got a tiny spoiler. I found out the heroine’s daughter has a really awesome name!
For my BBC 100 book challenge, The Count of Monte Cristo is on my iPod for listening while doing laundry, dishes, etc. I’m on track 15 of 119, so that one will be with me for a while. Librivox offers free recordings and my link is for a $0.99 version of the book.
What’s on your reading list for the week?