My husband is reading a couple of Star Wars books: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig and The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Of the former, he says it’s taken him way too long to read because “he can’t stand it.” I’ve never heard him complain about writing before, but apparently the author’s style does not agree with him. At all. I think it has something to do with a multitude of sentence fragments. He’s not alone. With more than 2,000 Amazon reviews, it’s rating is 2.6 of 5 stars. More than a third of the reviews are 1 star.
I imagine writing for a rabid fan base like that of the Star Wars franchise would be a challenge for most anyone. I’ve not glanced at Aftermath (which takes place between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens), but I’ve read some of Chuck Wendig’s often-salty writing posts. Perhaps he’s an acquired taste.
I’m finally reading a book that’s been on my to-read least for several years. It’s Frozen Footprints, a Christian suspense thriller by Therese Heckenkamp. It’s a break from the steady diet of Christian romance I’ve been reading lately, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.
The eighteen-year-old granddaughter of a stone-hearted billionaire searches for her missing twin brother. While Charlene is convinced Max has been kidnapped, no one else, including the police, is buying it. She’s left to unravel this mystery on her own.
My twelve-year-old son recently finished Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne. (You can read the ebook for free.) He’s required to read twenty-five books in various genres throughout the school year, and this is one he chose and reported on. Next up: Ancient Egypt by Miranda Smith.
My eight-year-old daughter has delved back into the Magic Tree House books. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, she’s reading Magic Tree House #43: Leprechaun in Late Winter by Mary Pope Osborne. She’s also re-reading her favorite of the series, Magic Tree House #30: Haunted Castle on Hallow’s Eve. She says she enjoys “the intensity.”
Last month, Lionsgate acquired the film rights to all fifty-four books in the series, so look for Jack and Annie on the big screen soon!
Dr. Seuss’s birthday is today. (Also Read Across America day.) He would be 112, were he still alive. Birthday celebrations in schools and library story times abound. This wasn’t “a thing” when I was a kid, though I read my share of Dr. Seuss (On Beyond Zebra! being my favorite). To mark what qualifies as a near holiday in children’s literature, my little ones (four-year-old daughter and three-year-old son) have been reading Green Eggs and Ham and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. I’m honestly not a huge Dr. Seuss fan, but I like his books well enough and enjoy the occasional tongue twister reading challenge they present.
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