What We’re Reading This Week

Sky Raiders: Five Kingdoms #1 by Brandon Mull
Signed copies available while supplies last.

Sky Raiders is basically a story where fantastical treasure hunters meet an evil tyrannical king & the fate of the kingdoms rest in their hands. A trip to a basement in a haunted house turns into a really, really bad nightmare for all involved. Our main character, Cole, convinced his entire group of friends to go with him, and then they all get kidnapped by a group of slavers from another world and are branded as property. He feels responsible for his friends and goes after them, but then he’s caught and sold to a salvage company working to find treasure. There’s magic. There’s a young woman with a huge secret that our hero has to protect. There’s this impressive group of kids who are all great out-of the box thinkers who use the magic (called shaping) to save the day. This book is really exciting and a lot of fun.”

Wish You Happy Forever: What China’s Orphans Taught Me about Moving Mountains by Jenny Bowen

“Jenny Bowen is amazing. She didn’t have a complete vision when she started out wanting to help the orphans of China, but she accomplished her ultimate goal and then some. I highly recommend this book if you want to be inspired and change the world. She’s an ordinary person doing extraordinary things; changing how China cares for their orphans by interacting with them instead of leaving them to languish in a bed. She’s very tactful about the subject matter and very considerate of Chinese culture. She built a partnership with the utmost respect for their people and was able to gain their trust. She even carried the torch through part of China for the 2008 Olympics.”

The Hotel on Place Vendome: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris
by Tilar J. Mezzeo

“I love French history. This book is amazing. It’s all about fascists, Hemingway, Coco Chanel, Proust, etc. living and partying at this hotel during the Nazi occupation of Paris. You read it and it feels as if, for the upper crust in Paris, WWII didn’t really exist. It’s a book about history, but it’s also this pseudo pop-culture book, as well. It mixes the two together. This book is right up my alley.”


Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Color Sundays
by Floyd Gottfredson, David Gerstein, Gary Groth

“Join Mickey in post-Depression era mouse-land on delightful and exquisite flights of fancy. Lots of laughs and hoop-la. About a mouse and his pet dog, it’s a compilation of Disney comics from the early 1930s.  It’s a real rollercoaster. You’ll love it. I know I did.”


5 thoughts on “What We’re Reading This Week

  1. I first heard of Brandon Mull on the Brandon Sanderson hosted “Writing Excuses” podcast. He seemed like a cool guy and I’ve had his book in my Amazon Wishlist for a while. Today may be the day I take the plunge!

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