Monday, September 9, 2013

What We're Reading

The Inkies have gone into fall with books in hand. You'll notice a lot of personal research, a variety of genres and target age levels, and above all, a lot of happy readers!
Here's what we're reading...

"At the top of my nightstand are two books: TEXTING THE UNDERWORLD by Ellen Booraem, which I heard about through the Inkpot and wanted to read immediately because of its fabulous title, and THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI by Helene Wecker, an adult fantasy that I picked up after two non-writer friends separately recommended it to me. For non-fiction, I'm in middle of the audiobook of SEAL TEAM SIX, one of a long line of military memoirs I'm reading for research. They tend to be quite good reads!" – Leah Cypress

"Other than a whole bunch of nonfiction research, I'm currently paging through Diana Wynne Jones' TOUGH GUIDE TO FANTASYLAND and giggling uncontrollably". – William Alexander

"I am lucky enough to be reading an advanced copy of DEATHSWORN by inkie Leah Cypress. It is fabulous! I am staying up way too late reading to find out what happens! It is about a sorceress who has lost her magic, sent to tutor magic to a secret sect of assassins -- and the two tutors sent before her both died under mysterious circumstances. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, this book has it all!" – Erin Cashman

"I’m reading RULES FOR GHOSTING by A.J. Paquette, which is so much fun I’m gonna go out and find me some ghosts. The POV flips back and forth between a sweet girl ghost and the nice boy human who just moved into her house, and at the moment a wacky and possibly evil “ghosterminator” has just arrived on the scene. I’m extremely nervous." – Ellen Booraem

"I'm actually concentrating on TRANSCENDENCE by CJ Omololu, and THE SCREAMING STAIRCASE by Jonathan Stroud right now, both brilliant fantasy novels!" – Keely Parrack

"I just finished reading MICHAEL VEY: THE PRISONER OF CELL BLOCK 25 which was a quick and exciting sci-fi for middle grade. This book seems to be exploding in popularity so I was eager to check it out and I’m glad I did. With a hero who has electrical powers, loyal friends, and a positive message, this was a fun read!" – Jennifer Nielsen

"I am reading PI IN THE SKY by Wendy Mass & breaking my brain on it! So creatively clever!!!" – Dawn Metcalf

"I am reading CINDER by Marissa Meyer which I picked up on sale at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, NY. I am also reading BETWEEN THE LINES by Jennifer Murgia and PODS by Michelle Pickett. My attention has very scattered lately, like my book list." – Lisa Amowitz

"The last book I read, which I admit was not that recent but one I really enjoyed was TUESDAYS AT THE CASTLE by Jessica Day George. It was entirely charming and I think a sequel just came out." – Grace Lin

**Yes, Grace - she released WEDNESDAYS IN THE TOWER earlier this spring and it's wonderful!**

"I just finished listening to the audio book version of THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN, read by Elijah Wood. He did an incredible job!"
– Nancy Holder

"I'm reading a book set in Paris: DIE FOR ME, by Amy Plum, which is one of those rare fantasy novels that make full use of a foreign setting. Paris really comes alive in this book!" – Anne Nesbet

"I'm doing something completely different from the norm and reading
SAILING ALONE AROUND THE ROOM by Billy Collins, which was recommended to me by a number of friends. It's contemporary poetry and not fantasy fiction, of course, but it's helping me approach my current work-in-progress with a heightened awareness of the relationship between the conscious and the unconscious. Collins creates unexpected juxtapositions between commonplace external realities and unpredictable internal ruminations, and in a way, that's what I'm also trying to do with my WIP." – Mike Jung


  1. Awesome seeing what you're reading. I just finished Siege and Storm, which was great. And another really good one I'm reading now is The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist.

  2. Fun post! I'll add my reads in here. I just finished the NA novel REMOVED by S.J. Pajonas. And because I think I'm the only person who hasn't read it yet, I picked up Cassandra Clare's CITY OF BONES at the library.

  3. I read The Golem and the Jinni a couple of weeks ago, Leah, and it really is amazing.(And thanks for reading TEXTING!) I'm getting some great ideas from this post, not that the TBR list needs any augmentation.

  4. The kids in my 5th grade class are CRAZY for the Michael Vey books. I've loving EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton.

  5. I can't wait to get my hands on a few of these beauties - most desperately, Jonathan Stroud's 'Screaming Staircase' and Ellen Booraem's 'Texting the Underworld' and Michael Vey's books (especially since Leslie's 5th grade class are crazy for them). I haven't read 'City of Bones' yet, either Katie ... THANKS for whetting my appetite everyone!


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