Source: Gift, Library
Right now, I’ve got a pile of books on my Goodreads “Currently Reading” shelf that I’ve read but haven’t gotten around to reviewing. Some were from my blogging hiatus at the tail end of grad school, and others were from times when life got hectic. I’d like to take a more organized and scheduled approach to blogging in the new year, so it’s time to begin cleaning house with some mini reviews.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
by Susan Cain
Where I got it: Library
I started reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking on the recommendation of an extroverted friend who claimed that the book helped her to understand me better. The book explores how introverts think and why they behave the ways that they do, with a special focus on corporate/office behavior. Many of the ideas that Cain describes in the book are obvious to introverts, however, the book’s real power is its ability to explain those traits to people with different mindsets. I got a little over halfway through the book before the library wanted it back, and so didn’t feel comfortable writing a full review, but I can safely recommend it, especially to extroverts wanting to understand why their introverted friends don’t want to go out multiple nights in a row.
Wonders of the Invisible World
by Patricia A. McKillip
Where I Got It: Review copy
Wonders of the Invisible World is a collection of short stories by one of my favorite authors. As in her full-length novels, Patricia McKillip’s language is exquisite. She uses a poetic and ethereal tone that left me more and more enchanted with every page I turned. Wonders of the Invisible World is a bit different from Patricia McKillip’s usual style. Many of the tales in this collection explore darker themes than her novels, which is one of the reasons that I enjoyed it so much. McKillip branches out from fairy tale fantasy and added some science fiction to the mix. Wonders of the Invisible World was one of the best books that I read in 2012, and I still hope to reread it and write about each of the stories in depth.
by Kristin Cashore
Where I Got It: Gift
In Kristin Cashore’s Graceling realm, individuals can be born with a magical power called a grace. A grace can be something useful, like the ability to run very fast, or it can be something silly (think underwater basket weaving in terms of pragmatism). Katsa has a grace for killing, and is being used as a weapon to further her uncle’s political power. She doesn’t like being used that way, and begins to create her own underground network dedicated to helping people. Katsa rebels against her uncle’s control and stands up for what is right, while kicking serious butt in the process. I enjoyed Cashore’s depiction of the romance, which was handled unconventionally and showed that relationships have to work for the people involved rather than conform to societal expectations. I’m a big fan of this series, and I like that it can be read out of order.