Gone on a bit of a binge

As I have been taking big, important tests these last 6 weeks, I've had very little time for reading.  I've just been studying, doing school work for the one class, doing my practicum hours, and trying to spend what little time I have left with B or occasionally exercising.  I finished up my last test on Friday (I won't know how I did for a few weeks) and this week is spring break!  Well, it is spring break for the school system in which i am doing my practicum, which means I don't have to go to it this week.  Anyway, before Saturday I was only reading very occasionally: 10 minutes before dozing off at night, 30 minutes while on the exercise bike, those kinds of things.  So it was a bit of a joy that i was able to gorge myself on words this weekend!  I read:

Death Cloud by Andrew Lane: the first in a series of books about a teenage Sherlock Holmes, authorized by the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  It isn't a bad book; it sets up many of the things that fans of the original stories will recognize.  It also seems to suffer a bit from being the first in a series; the author seems to be playing a bit of a long game as many of the characters and events are not fully explained.  I assume that these are going to be subplots that become important later on.  I still haven't decided if I will read any more but I might give the Young James Bond series a try.  a 4. 

The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal:  This is one of the Printz honor books this year.  I had managed maybe 50 pages prior to this past weekend.  I had thought it was a fantasy book but really it's historical fiction focused on females.  It takes place in medieval Scandinavia and revolves around the royal household.  The children all suffer from some sort of illness, as do the king and queen.  The story is mainly told from 3 different perspectives: the queen, a black slave named Midi who's had her tongue cut out but can write, and a seamstress turned maid Ava.  Their lives intertwine in strange ways.  Not a book for young kids.  There's the implication of sex with a 12 year old (she's a princess who's been married off), death, syphillis, miscarriages, sex and rape. It is weird.  So weird that for the longest I couldn't decide if I liked it or not or where it was even going.  It felt a little long to be honest.  But, it's also about fairy tales and stories and about stories creating reality, so it moves over to barely a 6 for me. 

Besides these books, I also read a few magazines and parts of Dodger by Terry Pratchett and The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.  Yeah, still YA heavy but I start at an elementary school next week. So then I'll be working on younger kid books!  


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