Mini Book Haul

Ok, so I guess you could call this a mini book haul. I am not out here buying an insane amount of books right now. But I got one for my nephews last weekend and two that I am really excited about for myself.

First one is called The Gumazing Gum Girl by Rhode Montijo.

The Gumazing Gum Girl, Book #1, by Rhode Montijo

This first book caught my eye because it looked like such an adorable story and a great read that kids would be drawn to. I flipped through it and it seemed like it would give me a good sense of what YA books are currently popular and what middle-school aged kids are currently reading. So far I really have been enjoying this book. I think the comic book-style illustrations are just fantastic and the entire book just really makes me smile. I am appreciating all the different unexpected aspects to the book as well. For example, the family speaks a mixture of Spanish and English, and it made me happy to see some representation of Hispanic and Latino communities.

The second book I picked up is Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1) by Patricia Briggs.

Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1), by Patricia Briggs

I have been itching for some new fantasy reads and I especially have an obsession with fiction that has to do with werewolves. I’m not sure why… I guess it started with my semi-unfortunate Twilight series obsession in high school and took off from there. But I also read one of Anne Rice’s books that has a werewolf as a main character and absolutely loved it. That one was called The Wolf Gift and it’s a part of an entire series. As usual Anne Rice’s work is rich in texture and has such great details regarding the environment and the characters. That is what I love about her work. However, it was time for me to try something new, and so when I saw this book on the shelf in Barnes and Noble I figured I ought to give it a shot. I’m thinking about adding werewolves into future books in my Chimera in New Orleans series and figured it would give me some good inspiration.

I’ll be back with some reviews of these books after I’ve completed them.

What books have you guys been reading lately? Let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear what great fiction or nonfiction is out there right now in the world.

-Lauren

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