After a month of reading Madeleine L'Engle, I returned to reading a variety of books. Although this month, I decided to it was time to catch up on the books on my kindle I downloaded and haven't read yet. I only have a few more left and probably will read a few more of those in October. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini - With the release of Hosseini's new book, And the Mountains Echoed, I decided to read The Kite Runner again. The Kite Runner remains one of my favorite books, even though it is heartbreaking at times. I'm sure most people have read it by now (this was my third reading of the book) so let me share why I love it. The writing is clear, concise, and very easy to read with just the right amount of description and exposition. The backdrop of Afghanistan and it's history is fascinating. And finally, it's a story of redemption and forgiveness. Great book. 7 out of 7 stars.
The Beam: Episode 1 by Sean Platt & Johnny B. Truant - The Beam is a sci-fi serial set in the future. Episode 1 is setting up characters, setting, and plot. I like what the authors have written so far, the writing is solid, and I am intrigued. However, I am not sure if I am sold on the serial model yet. I still would rather read a full length novel, which I could have bought the whole first season to do that. But, I wanted to see if I liked it first since I'm not a huge science fiction reader. I will pick up the whole season soon and re-evaluate. 5 out of 7 stars.
Prophecy. An Arkane Thriller by Joanna Penn - Penn's second in her ARKANE series is another fast paced thriller with lots of action. For me, the best parts of the book were the mysterious relics and psychology. It's clear Penn did her research in those areas. Personally, I'm not a huge thriller fan - I'd rather read a mystery or a crime book then a thriller, but I was engaged throughout the book. The characters are developing nicely and I find myself liking Morgan Sierra more and more. Who doesn't love a kick-ass female protagonist? Solid book from indie author J.F. Penn. 5 out of 7 stars.
A Series of Unfortunate Events - Books 1-3 by Lemony Snicket - I picked up the first three books in the series on a kindle deal. Again, another popular series I never read as a kid. I really enjoyed these books. I love the little explanations of words laced throughout. They made me laugh. I also thought the stories were fun and different. It's easy to see why this series is such a popular children's book series. 6 out of 7 stars.