Happy Wednesday, Functionally Fictional readers!
Can you believe it’s fall? I hope you were able to enjoy some of the warm summer weather despite the challenges happening around the world. I hope you are doing well and enjoying some time with your family. I have been baking cookies and writing quite a bit. I’m currently writing chapter twelve of my young adult novel, and I have been reading non-stop. My reading list keeps growing because some of my favorite authors have been releasing new books over the last few months, so here’s an update on my reading journey.
The Three Ws are:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
Here’s what’s going on in my book world this week:
What are you currently reading?
This week I’m reading The Lost Legends by Cait Marie and Felicia Farber’s Ice Queen.
I am incredibly proud of my best friend, Cait Marie, for publishing her first young adult fantasy novel. I’m currently reading chapter seventeen, and I love the story. I love the characters and the relationship Princess Adalina has with her brother and best friend. The book is full of adventure and mystery, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Felicia Farber’s young adult contemporary novel tells a compelling story about a teenager named Blair getting into trouble with the law all because her boyfriend, David, took a photo of her in her underclothes and it accidentally gets sent and spread all over social media. Ice Queen is a suspenseful page-turner that takes on a heavy topic of sexting, bullying, and the dangers of social media. I am about halfway through the novel, and I am enjoying reading every word. It is a very well written novel, and I am hoping there is a happy ending because the protagonist’s life is being turned upside down.
What did you recently finish reading?
For the last couple of months, I have been trying to tackle a long reading list between reading for Functionally Fictional, Reedsy Discovery, and literature class. Now that I have completed my master’s degree program in English and Creative Writing. I can go back to the books I started reading and write more reviews for all of our readers. In my literature class, I read various works of poetry from World War I and II, also poetry regarding the Women’s Movement. I recently finished reading The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers and it truly touched my heart.
Kevin Powers describes how fighting in a war and the things they see, including dead bodies, affect a solider physically and emotionally when they come home. I have to admit that some of the chapters were difficult to read due to the vivid descriptions, but he tells an emotional and realistic story about soldiers in combat. It’s an excellent story, and it’s beautifully written with excellent character development, imagery, and figurative language. It’s definitely a must-read if you enjoy reading war fiction.
And the Mountains Echoed is one of my favorite books that I was required to read for my twentieth-century American Literature class. I have enjoyed reading every page of this beautifully written, emotionally gripping story by Khaled Hosseini. The novel showcases the Afghanistan culture and the hardship some families faced after the war. The center of the story is the bond shared between a brother and sister and how their separation affected their life journey. I liked how the story is told through multiple characters and how one event affected all of them. It’s a remarkable book and if you love enjoy reading inspiring stories or fiction inspired by culture, I recommend you add this book to your TBR list.
What do you think you’ll read next?
I am super excited to read the new releases of both Stephenie Meyer and Suzanne Collins; I am a huge fan of both the Twilight and Hunger Games Series.
What have you guys been reading? Have you read any of these books? Please feel free to share in the comments below!