Reading Roundup – Friday 13th June 2014

June 13, 2014

This week I have been switching between three books; Ruth’s Journey by Donald McCaig – this is the story of Scarlett O’Hara’s Mammy.  This supporting character in Gone with the Wind gets her own story.  So far I’m really enjoying it – a full review will be forthcoming.  The second book I’m listening to is Half Bad by Sally Green.  It tells the story of 16 year old Nathan Byrn who is the son of a white witch and a black witch, which is not a great legacy to have.  So far it’s very good, and again a review will be forthcoming.

With the publicity machine ramping up for STARZ’ Outlander, the TV adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander, I decided to relisten to the first book again to refresh my memory.  I am really excited about this adaptation – it’s being helmed by Battlestar Galactica’s Ron D. Moore, and the casting I’ve seen is fantastic.  I think Catriona Balfe and Sam Heughan will do excellently as our protagonists Claire and Jamie.  Roll on August!  I had hoped to attend the signing in Ottawa with Diana Gabaldon, but unfortunately it’s a little too tight with my vacation.

Added to my library this week

For the first time I got an audiobook free to review.  It is The Blogger’s Survival Guide (Unabridged) by Lexie Lane and Becky McNeer which I received courtesy of Audiobook Jukebox.  I will let you know my thoughts when I’ve finished it.  This will be the first non fiction audiobook I have listened to.

Through Sync @ Audiofile Magazine I picked up Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.  Sync makes two audiobooks free for one week only – this week it was Code Name Verity.  It’s a WWII drama about strong women and friendship.  It’s not one that I had at the top of my list, but certainly I’m happy to pick it up.

Just a note about forthcoming reviews.  I am on vacation next week, so there may be a break between reviews.  There will be a review of Mark Lawrence’s Prince of Fools next Monday, but there may be a break of a week or so before the next one.  Keep an eye on the upcoming reviews section.  

Have a nice weekend all!

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