The Books I'm Reading Now
I'm reading Wingwalkers, an upcoming historical fiction novel (to be published tomorrow) by Taylor Brown about an aviator and his daring wife; I’m reading Steelstriker, the second and final book in Marie Lu's science fiction-fantasy Skyhunters duology; and I'm listening to State of Terror, Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny's collaborative story of suspense inside the White House and around the world.
What are you reading and enjoying these days, bookworms?
01 Wingwalkers by Taylor Brown
“They were over Georgia somewhere, another nameless hamlet whose dusty streets lay flocked and trembling with the pink handbills they’d rained from the sky that morning, the ones that announced the coming of DELLA THE DARING DEVILETTE, who would DEFY THE HEAVENS, shining like a DAYTIME STAR, a WING-WALKING WONDER borne upon the wings of CAPTAIN ZENO MARIGOLD, a DOUBLE ACE of the GREAT WAR, who had ELEVEN AERIAL VICTORIES over the TRENCHES OF FRANCE.”
What is it about aviation books and my being so in love with them?
In Taylor Brown's upcoming historical fiction novel Wingwalkers (to be published tomorrow), a former World War II ace pilot and his daring wingwalking wife travel Depression-era America, wowing audiences and inspiring hope in a dark, sober time.
Taylor is also the author of Gods of Howl Mountain, a book I loved and gave five stars, Pride of Eden (a book still on my to-read list that looks wonderful), and Fallen Land, a title I loved and included in the Greedy Reading List Six Great Historical Fiction Stories about the Civil War. (If you’re not on the Taylor Brown train yet, may I strongly suggest you join me?)
I received a prepublication digital edition of this book courtesy of St. Martin's Press and NetGalley.
02 Steelstriker by Marie Lu
In Skyhunter, the first book in Marie Lu's Skyhunter series, Lu offered complex motivations, clashes between idealism and realism, editorialization about class and race, and futuristic advancements.
In Steelstriker, the second and final book in the duology, the last free nation in the world has been invaded. Our brave main protagonist and rebel Talin is forced to submit to the Federation's morally questionable and physically excruciating experiments. She must become a Skyhunter.
Her link to Red is thin, and she's not sure if she can ever find him again. But if the two can reunite and band together, they just might be able to gather the rest of the Strikers, and the makeshift allies could fight against the Federation, saving freedom for everyone they love and honoring everyone they've lost.
Click here for my full review of Skyhunter.
03 State of Terror by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny
A new United States administration has been sworn in after a period of upheaval and upset. The shift has made for strange bedfellows—and a prickly partnership between our main protagonist, Ellen Adams, the former multinational media conglomerate head and new secretary of state, and the president, a politician Adams has long criticized.
Then a hastily sent, coded message comes to an underling in the Oval Office--and violent terrorist attacks soon begin taking place around the world.
In Clinton and Penny's suspenseful collaboration, the characters of the president and Adams, political enemies, must quickly learn to trust each other and work together to determine who is responsible for the destruction; how each of their pasts may be coming into play; how to protect Adams's grown children, who are interlinked to information related to the events; how to prevent further violence--and to identify a potential high-level mole within the government.