Weekend Reading

Seira Wilson on October 12, 2018

Oh, Friday what took you so long?  This has been one of those weeks where it seemed hard to grab time to read that wasn't when you're already in bed with one eye closed.  We all seem to be on a fiction kick for our weekend reading plans, most of us packing the book bag with new titles from authors we've already come to love, including Barbara Kingsolver and Peter Heller.  We're also looking forward to a debut fantasy novel that's the first in a new series, and the latest from children's and young adult author Sharon Draper.  Here's to a relaxing weekend of books and *hopefully* fall sunshine! 

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I’ve been a Peter Heller fan since his first novel The Dog Stars was published back in 2012. He fits into that sweet spot of adventure writer with a strong literary bent, who knows intimately what he is writing about. Heller is a kayaker, fisherman, and all-around adventurer. His latest novel The River is what I’m taking home with me this weekend.-- Chris Schluep

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This weekend I'm settling down with Sharon Draper's first middle grade novel in nearly a decade. Blended is the story of an 11-year-old girl named Isabelle/Izzy who's life is divided between each of her divorced parents homes. In each place she has a different nickname, a different backpack, and she doesn't feel like she fits in in either place.  Draper is going to tackle race, identity, and family in this one and I'm looking forward to what should be an incredible read. -- Seira Wilson

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With Unsheltered beloved author Barbara Kingsolver returns with a poignant and politically-tinged tale of two families, separated by centuries but connected by the same disorienting realization that you can try and do everything right, but the world will still conspire against you. Ok fine, so, depressing much? Just read a little Sedaris after (you’ll be happy you read both).-- Erin Kodicek

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Talented urban fantasy author Ilona Andrews recently cited Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox as one of her recent favorite reads. I missed it when it was released early this year by an author known only as Forthright, but I'm so glad Andrews put it on my radar. Mostly fantasy with a strong backbone of romance, Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox takes place in present-day Japan, where Tsumiko learns that she has inherited a massive estate—as well as a creature known as an Amaranthine, who is magically bonded to her. The Amaranthine revealed their existence several years earlier, but a select group of humans has been aware of them and has partnered with them for centuries, including members of Tsumiko's extended family. Tsumiko only wants to release the bond—really, enslavement—but a complex political situation, an unwanted half-dragon child, and a growing emotional attachment throw obstacle after obstacle before her. There's a lot to love about the mysteriousness and enchantment within Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox, and I'm already setting aside time to devour the next book in the series, available on October 22. --Adrian Liang


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