I have to admit that I have found time to sneak in reading several books other than those for 100 Years.100 Books. I’ not going to write full reviews, but will share what I have been up to from the current century!
- Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan – The latest in Riordan’s Kane Chronicles which tells the story of two siblings, Carter and Sadie Kane, who discover they are descended from the Pharaohs of Egypt and are Magicians in the House of Life. The first entry in this series, The Red Pyramid, set the stage for a parallel adventure to Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, only this time using Egyptian gods rather than Greek gods. The stories are similar, but Riordan manages to pull off another interesting and action packed adventure. This guy has imagination. I have a bet with my son that the final entry in both series will be a joint adventure with the Kanes and Percy Jackson. Can’t wait to find out if I’m right!
- A Lesson in Secrets: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear – another entry in the Maisie Dobbs series, and every bit as well written and engaging as the others. This time, we find Maisie getting used to life as a wealthy young professional woman, figuring out how to use her newfound wealth to help those she loves, but also finding time to spy for the English government and solve a murder. Good stuff.
- A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley - the newest Flavia deLuce mystery finds the intrepid 11 year old dealing with gypsies, the local cad breaking into her home at midnight, his subsequent death, and a strange odor of fish. I am convinced that Harriet, Flavia’s mother, is still alive. Again, good fun.
- Lovely in Her Bones by Sharyn McCrumb - this was a re-read of one of McCrumb’s Elizabeth MacPherson stories. Just a few steps away from a Nancy Drew story, but a good, quick, mindless read nonetheless.