The blog has been quiet in the last week or so because I've been slammed by a bad cold that just won't give up. It started out with a mild tickle in my throat and some congestion, which normally doesn't slow me down too much, but then all of a sudden wham! I was SO congested I thought my head was going to explode. It's been almost a week since my first symptoms and I still have some sinus congestion and chest congestion, too. Needless to say, I've been resting. Which yes, means no working out either which if you know me, is just driving me insane. I did go to TRX class twice, but even that was a push. I can't stand this. I don't know how people who don't exercise everyday do it! I want to run, jump and move!
Anyway, I managed to get out to the library last night for thirty minutes before they closed to get some books. On a side note, I've been very annoyed with my library these days. I can barely manage to get there while they're open since budget cuts reduced operating hours over a year ago and when I do, the librarians are always so snippy. They need a serious attitude adjustment. Or a retirement package! Ha!
Something good came from my visit, though-- I came home with an armload of fantastic books. I'm super excited to read each of these books, I can barely decide which to read first. Okay, that's not true. I'm going to devour Eona by Alison Goodman first, as soon as I'm finished with the book I'm in the middle of right now. Then I'll have to start flipping a coin to decide which will be next.
young adult fiction:
Eona by Alison Goodman
The sequel to the fantastically captivating Eon Dragoneye Reborn fantasy novel by Alison Goodman. There is good reason Eon was bestowed with so many literary awards. If you haven't yet picked it up, you should. You don't have to be a fan of young adult to read it. Trust me. Needless to say, I cannot wait to continue the story with Eona. I hope it's as good as Eon.
If I Die by Rachel Vincent
Soul Screamers series, Book #5
I thoroughly enjoy this series, although I can't exactly give it five star accolades. The urban fantasy elements are great, the modern teenage drama is very, very well done and I think quite accurate, although I haven't been a teen in a long time, my daughters keep me pretty well informed of modern teen life. Sometimes the heroine of the story is so bent on saving everyone in trouble, driving her to make decisions that put her and others in even more danger and she always seems to get away with it. It's still fun, though, so I keep reading this series.
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
The sequel to If I Stay, which I read in January last year. It was a very emotional story and I really look forward to reading about what happened after that one ended.
Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
I had been perusing graphic novel lists on goodreads for some quality recommendations and these are two of the handful of graphic novels I added to my to-be-read list. Both have received awards.
Last but not least, I found this book on the non fiction new release shelf and was instantly pulled into it's vibrant charm and of course, wonderful subject matter.
Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr
Have you heard about this health crusader before? I'm afraid to say I knew nothing about Kris Carr until I came home with the book and looked her up online. The author was diagnosed with a rare, incurable stage 4 cancer on Valentine's Day in 2003. She instantly chose to start living life to its fullest. On her journey to healing and living fully, Kris transformed her life with the knowledge of how to best care for her body, mind and spirit. She shares her knowledge with incredible enthusiasm and inspiration on her website crazysexylife.com and in her books.
Can you see the title blurb along the bottom of the book cover? It says, "Including a 21-Day Adventure Cleanse." You know what that means.... :)