This month has been really busy and there’s been so much less daylight, too (boo). It’s about time to start hibernating (with a good book). I was distracted a little from audiobooks this month by a teen/tween graphic novel series called Space Boy, by Stephen McCranie. I borrowed the first book from another library and liked it so much I ended up buying the whole series for our collection (because I think everyone should read it). I reviewed the first book here. It’s about a teen girl who has to travel from her mining colony back to Earth when her dad loses his job. They are pretty far away, so they have to be frozen/in stasis for 30 years while they make the trip. When she gets to Earth she has to catch up on all of the events of the past 30 years (and deal with the fact that her best friend is now married with children – can they even still be friends?). She also meets a mysterious and silent teen boy that no one seems to know much about and makes it her business to befriend him. There are now 11 collections of Space Boy – and they are fast reads! Highly recommend it. My listening choices were all coincidentally animal-related this month.
Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law, by Mary Roach – If you think you don’t like nonfiction (because of textbooks or something you read in school), you might reconsider if you read anything by Mary Roach. She manages to make pretty much ANY topic interesting. This is her newest book and it looks at what problems arise when you get humans and animals encroaching on one another’s territories. Here’s my review. (adult/older teen nonfiction)
Running with Sherman, by Christopher McDougall – This is another very readable nonfiction book. You may be familiar with Christopher McDougall’s bestseller, Born to Run, in which he recounts his adventures running with the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico. This spurred a huge trend in barefoot running. In Running with Sherman, McDougall rescues a donkey and then decides to start training for a donkey-team race. Read more about it here. (adult/teen nonfiction)
All Things Bright and Beautiful, by James Herriot – This is the second book collecting veterinarian James Herriot’s country vet tales. I listened/reread the first one a couple months ago and found it an enjoyable and relaxing backdrop to whatever I happened to be doing. Veterinary medicine has come a long way since Herriot first started practicing! He often has to play detective to determine what’s ailing his patients. And the people in the community he serves provide lots of fodder for stories! If you like animal stories and are looking for something mostly light and entertaining, definitely try these stories.
What have you been reading/listening to this month? Submit your books and activities here: No Sit Book Club
See you in November!