Friday, December 21, 2012

What I'm Reading...

This list should really be titled, "What I'm Trying Desperately to Read With Little Success Because Having Four Kids is Surprisingly Time Consuming."  I thought that would be too long, so instead I'm just going to live in denial and pretend I'm in the process of reading these books and not just looking at them wistfully from across the room while I type with one hand and feed the baby with the other.  M'kay?  

What is unbelievably hysterical about me reading BORN TO RUN is that I hate to run.  I also suck at it.  And I look funny while hating it and sucking at it.  A few months ago I thought, perhaps, I was being a baby so I tried it.  I hurt both my knees within a week and ended up hardly being able to walk.  There is a reason I read books, people.  So I thought I'd try this one for a little vicarious running and possibly get motivated to injure myself further.

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall -

An epic adventure that began with one simple question:  Why does my foot hurt?

Isolated by Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundred of miles without rest or injury.

In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets.  In the process, he takes his readers from science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to a climactic race in the Copper Canyons that pits America's best ultra-runners against the tribe.  McDougall's incredible story will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.

The front of A TALE DARK & GRIMM says, "Once upon a time, fairy tales were awesome."  Hmm...intriguing.  My aunt gave this book to my daughter as a birthday present; I thought I'd read it first, especially since a friend of mine loved it but said her older boy thought it was too graphic and scary.  I've read the prologue and absolutely love the narrator's "voice" so hopefully I'll enjoy it. 

A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

Reader, beware.  But if you dare... 

Follow Hansel and Gretel as they run away from their own story and into eight other scary fairy tales.

They'll encounter witches and warlocks, hunters with deadly aim, and bakers with ovens that are just right for baking children...

It may be frightening, but unlike those other fairy tales you know, these are true.

A friend with very similar taste recommend THE LOOKING GLASS series as a retelling, or rather an "accurate" telling of Alice in Wonderland.  So far, the first book looks promising...

The Looking Glass Wars (The Looking Glass Wars, #1)The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

The Myth:  Alice Liddel was an ordinary girl who stepped through the looking glass and entered a fairy-tale world invented by Lewis Carroll in his famous storybook.

The Truth:  Wonderland is real.  Alyss Heart is the heir to the throne, until her murderous aunt Redd steals the crown and kills Alyss's parents.  To escape Redd, Alyss and her bodyguard, Hatter Madigan, must flee to our world through the Pool of Tears.  But in the pool Alyss and Hatter are separated.  Lost and alone in Victorian London, Alyss is befriended by an aspiring author, to whom she tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life.  Yet he gets the story all wrong.  Hatter Madigan knows the truth only too well, and he is searching every corner of our world to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland so she may battle Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.

Okay, I'm actually reading this version of my kids.  It seems that is the only kind of reading I get done lately.  Oh well, it's important.  Blah blah blah.  This book really is cute though and gives a his and hers perspective to a classic fairy tale.

Rapunzel: The One with All the Hair (Twice Upon a Time, #1)Twice Upon a Time: Rapunzel : The One with All the Hair by Wendy Mass
The girl's stuck in a tower.
The boy's stuck in a castle.
There are two sides to every story...

Rapunzel is having the ultimate bad day.  She's been stolen from home by an evil witch, locked in an incredibly high tower, and doesn't even have a decent brush for her hair.

Prince Benjamin is in a pretty uncomfortable situation himself.  His father wants him to be more kingly, his mother wants him to never leave her sight, and his cousin wants to get him into as much trouble as possible.  Plus, there's the little matter of prearranged marriages...

Both Rapunzel and Prince Benjamin are trapped -- in very different ways.  IT's only when their paths cross that things really start to change.

1 comment:

Kari said...

I read The Looking Glass Wars and really enjoyed it. I don't know why I didn't write a post on it. It could have been I read it before joining... Not sure. Regardless, it's a good read. :)


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