I've been completely neglecting the blog, I know! I have been reading a lot this past month, however. Stephanie and I have picked up with the book club and have done three books so far. I've read a bunch of books on my own as well and still have a massive stack of library books checked out ready to be read. Here are two books that I have really enjoyed:The Shape of Water
By Anne Spollen
This is probably one of my favorite books that I read this year (so far). It was so well-written and really captivating. Magdalena, or Magda, has always felt apart from those around her. The only person who really gets her is her mother, of whom she resembles and is described as “artistic” by others. As the book opens, Magda’s mother has just died and her father is now in a relationship with a woman who is the exact opposite of her mother. Magda begins setting fires and her father, a fire dispatcher, is clueless to both this and the feelings that Magda has had since her mother’s death. A family of fish have occupied Magda’s brain and speak to her, adding a unique and sometimes comical touch to the book. An amazing read that is highly recommended.
By Daniel Waters
After reading a review of this one on a book blog I decided to check it out. Having never read a zombie book before, I didn’t know what to expect. What I got was another really good book. The book takes place in the United States in the close future at a time when some teenagers who die are coming back as zombies. However, actually calling them zombies is an off-limit word- “differently biotic” and- my personal favorite- “living impaired” are the politically correct terms. Phoebe, a goth girl, is fascinated by the differently biotic (DB) kids at her school. She befriends them and develops a bit of a crush on Tommy, a DB boy. Phoebe, a few of her living friends, and the DB teens at the school join an extracurricular club-type thing which is working to better understand DB teens and promote their rights. There is much prejudice towards the living impaired teens, and all of the members- living and undead, are being targeted by a group of violent students. This book features a great group of characters and was an enjoyable read. I would love to read a sequel to this book, as there is much that goes unexplained, plus I’d really like to see the story continued.