To play along with this weekly book event, hosted by Should Be Reading, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
My answers this week:
What are you currently reading? I am currently reading The Earthquake Machine by Mary Pauline Lowry. GoodReads describes it thus:
The Earthquake Machine tells the story of 14 year-old Rhonda. On the outside, everything looks perfect in Rhonda’s world but at home Rhonda has to deal with a manipulative father who keeps her mentally ill mother hooked on pharmaceuticals. The only reliable person in Rhonda’s life is her family’s Mexican yardman, Jesús. But when the INS deports Jesús back to his home state of Oaxaca, Rhonda is left alone with her increasingly painful family situation.
Determined to find her friend Jesús, Rhonda seizes an opportunity to run away during a camping trip with friends. She swims to the Mexican side of the Rio Grande and makes her way to the border town of Boquillas, Mexico. There a peyote-addled bartender convinces her she won’t be safe traveling alone into the country’s interior. So with the bartender’s help, Rhonda cuts her hair and assumes the identity of a Mexican boy named Angel. She then sets off on a burro across the desert to look for Jesús.
Thus begins a wild adventure that explores the borders between the United States and Mexico, adolescence and adulthood, male and female, English and Spanish, and adult coming-of-age and Young Adult novels.
I might not have read this but for the fact I won it as a giveaway hosted by Aloi at guiltless reading. I’m glad I did, though, because I’m enjoying it so far, even if it is different from most of the books I usually read.
- The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
- Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter – Plough Publishing House
- The Orkney Scroll – Lyn Hamilton
They were all enjoyable in their own way. Bread and Wine is one I’ve read a few times before, but I always enjoy it. The Book Thief is a must read book. I reviewed The Orkney Scroll last week and intend to check out more books by Lyn Hamilton.
What do you think you’ll read next? I’m pretty sure that once I’ve finished The Earthquake Machine I am going to read Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith. I had hoped to pick this up in the summer, but when I spied it in one of the local grocer stores for $6.99 yesterday I knew I had to buy it. So I did! I should have it read in time for the movie release next month.