I can't tell you how excited I am that Jessica has brought back The Book Chat link up. It is one of my favorites!
This week's topic is: What are you reading?
Well, I'm glad you asked. Because at any given time, I'm usually juggling 4 or 5 different books. #BooksAreMyLife
When I first started reading "Gone" by Michael Grant, I immediately thought: "Ugh. What a rip-off, this book is just like 'The Dome' by Stephen King." And yes, while there are some similarities, Grant takes the book into a whole other direction. Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:
"In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young. There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened.
Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else..."
Everyone under the age of fifteen disappears one day. To top it off, there's a giant sphere around the whole town and no one can get in and no one can get out. But when some of the teens reach their 15th birthday, they too disappear. Isn't that freaky??? I'm almost done with this one and I really like it. It's the first book in a series, so I will definitely have to read the others as well. If you like YA fiction, you'll like this.
I'm so excited to be reading "Bird by Bird" by Anne Lamott. It's one of the most popular books about writing out there, so I'm not sure what took me so long to read it! This is our first book club selection for the Write or Die Book quarterly book club that I co-host with the wonderful Shelly from Shelly's Cabaret. Join us!
Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:
"If you have ever wondered what it takes to be a writer, what it means to be a writer, what the contents of your school lunches said about what your parents were really like, this book is for you. From faith, love, and grace to pain, jealousy, and fear, Lamott insists that you keep your eyes open, and then shows you how to survive. And always, from the life of the artist she turns to the art of life."
I purchased this book for my Kindle, but I feel like I need to also get a physical book copy. It's one of those books where I want to highlight stuff and underline quotes and just feel the pages in my hands!
Stephen King is my absolute favorite author. Have I mentioned that? Haha. I love getting his new books as soon as they come out, this one is no exception. Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:
"In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs -- including Jamie's mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.
Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family's horrific loss. In his mid-thirties -- addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate -- Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil's devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings."
This one is intriguing to me. It's a bit different from the subject matter that King usually writes. I'm reading this for The Chronicles Book Club that I co-host with my lovely friend Stephanie from In Her Wonderland. Join us! This one is a monthly book club.
So, there you have it, my list of current reads. Quite an interesting mix, eh? Tell me, what are you reading now???
P.S. Speaking of books, I just signed up for the Books and Bloggers Swap hosted by Chaotic Goddess Swaps. I've participated in this swap a few times before and I absolutely love it. Basically, you send your partner 3 books - a book from their wish list, a book that you have read and loved, and a book that you haven't read but looks interesting. And your partner does the same for you. Pretty neat, right? Sign ups close on April 6th, so if you'd like to join, click on this button below. :)