It’s been forever since I’ve talked about books. Besides the fact that the blog has been dormant for several months, truth be told, I just haven’t been reading that much. 2019 has been an extremely busy and extremely stressful year for me. Between the moving, which is happening this month, and some personal issues that I am having, I haven’t had much time to read.
However, I didn’t want to completely abandon the whole “book club” idea that Salazar and I started a few years back. So I came up with the idea of having a “book talk”, rather than a “book review”, which will allow me to briefly talk about the books that I am reading, even though I haven’t finished them. Weighing these two possibilities, I feel that this is the better of the two options, as it will allow me to present multiple books at once, as opposed to just one, which is unacceptable to me. Plus, doing it this way sort of binds me to the books that I present, as I do tend to hop around at times. 😛
So with all that said, let’s get to the books!
First up is a children’s book (of course!), called Focused by Alyson Gerber. Reading the summary on the inside flap of the book, as well as the first chapter, immediately drew me into wanting to read this. The main character, Clea, is diagnosed with ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder). Reading part of Clea’s story leads me to believe that I may have this, or at least a minor case of it, because I sometimes feel like everything distracts me and I can’t seem to focus on just one task. Actually, the older I get, the more I feel like this, ha. Or maybe I just take on too many tasks at once. Either way, I have a really good feeling that I’m going to enjoy this book.
Next up is a teen book called The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad. The cover alone attracted me to this book. Artistically, it juxtaposes quite nicely with the text on the cover. And the woman on the cover, who I assume is the main character, Fatima, has such an alluring gaze, that it would be almost criminal to not pick this book up.
From what I’ve read so far, this book seems to combine my two favorite genres into one; fantasy and historical fiction. Historical fiction because it mentions The Silk Road, which makes me think of the Han Dynasty of China (130 BCE-1453 CE), and fantasy, as Fatima appears to have the power of fire, given to her at birth. I’ll be curious to see how the author ties these two genres together.
One more thing to note about this book is the super awesome glossary that’s included in the back. I love it when an author includes a glossary! Because it’s set in a different time and place, many of the words may be un familiar to readers outside of the culture. But some of them I am familiar with as I have read more than a few books in which the stories take place in the Middle East. But still, a glossary is always a handy tool to have.
The final book that I have to present is called The Confidence Game by Maria Konnikova. This is an adult, non fiction book that caught my attention one day (sort of hard to miss that bright red cover!). Basically, the author seems to focus her book on charlatans, bamboozlers, con artists and flimflammers, and how even the smartest people can be swindled so easily by simply relinquishing the one thing that no one can afford to lose: trust.
I may or may not finish this book; not to say that it’s not interesting enough. But this one may take me a while to fully ingest. The author has numerous YouTube videos out there, some of which I have viewed, which sounds like she talks about much of what she discusses in her book. But I think that I will read it because I am a reader and I pride myself on being a bibliophile, despite my rather slow pace. So we’ll see.
So that’s it for me. The next time that I come on here to discuss books, I hope to be telling all of you how much I enjoyed them. Stayed tuned! But until then, check out my friend, Salazar’s book reviews,which you can see on her blog, here.