March was a kind of off month for reading for me. It has involved lots of travel. Not fun travel but medical travel and the seasonal RV move. I’ve driven over 5,000 miles and spent over 20 days traveling in the past 5 weeks. This included a hold over in Cheyenne, WY during the “epic blizzard” for three days while roads were closed. I’ve been to several doctor appointments and had two biopsies. I’m fine, thanks. Well, not fine but it’s not cancer or anything deadly. Just more shaking of heads and “well, let’s try this …” spoonies, you know the drill. Everything considered, I’m quite happy with my March reading accomplishments.
Hungry Girl Diet by Lisa Lillien
Hungry Girl has been around for quite awhile and this book is her well researched and documented diet plan. It’s a re-read for me. I read it a couple of years ago, followed the plan and lost a few pounds. Then I got sick, and pffffttt. So I’m re-reading and adapting the program to suit my current needs. The book is filled with lots of my kind of recipes. Basically just simple mixtures. Everything is easy to make and readily adaptable to one or two people.
Lady of Devices by Shelly Adina
A nifty little YA book. If you’re a steampunk fan or just thinking about getting into the genre, this is a must read. Plenty of historical research, a nicely believable plot, a heroine to really cheer for, class riots, scandal, young waifs and a wee bit of modest romance thrown into the mix make for a delightful romp through the world of Steampunk. The first of the series, it’s available in kindle format on Amazon for free.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Yes, the classic. Yes it’s a re-read but let’s face it High School was a long time ago and a galaxy far away. I’ve seen a dozen different versions on the screen but in all honestly I only remembered about two sentences of the book so it was pretty much all new to me. “I could tell you my adventures–beginning from this morning,’ said Alice a little timidly: ‘but it’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” It just doesn’t get much better than that.
Mistress of all Evil by Serena Valentino
I came into the “Villains” series with this one, book four and I can assure you I’m going back to the beginning and start from there. Nice plot, great character development, good twist. I enjoy complex villains and this delivers nicely. We get a look at Maleficent as a child, growing up, and how she came to be what she was. Definitely worth the read.
Switching Hour by Robyn Peterman
I almost put this one aside and I’m glad I didn’t. PG warning – there is a LOT of cussing in this book, rather more than I’m comfortable with. But it’s part of the character’s personality as we later learn. Basically a mix of paranormal romance (aka witchy smut) and mystery, it’s funny as heck. I classify this one as a “great trashy beach read.” It’s a quick read through, plenty of action, fairly good plot, hot characters.
I had to make serious modifications to my reading list this month for scheduling issues and that’s just fine. I still think a good book is a Spoonie’s best friend. Take your mind off your pain, your troubles for a while, dive in, and get lost into a fantasy. It may not be a cure but it’s sure a welcome respite from day-to-day spoonie care.
Til next time ~May the spoons be ever in your favor ~JPP