Monday, August 17, 2015

Bout of Books 14: What I'm reading

Good morning. Today is the first day of the 14th Bout of Books Read-a-Thon. I'll be on the highway all day long and taking advantage of being offline. I'll be reading!

I have my Kindle with me, loaded up with lots of books of various genres. I'm starting off with An Excellent Mystery, the 11th episode in the Brother Cadfael mysteries. Then I'm planning on reading Defying Mars, the second book in Cidney Swanson's exciting YA SF series. Beyond that, I haven't made up my mind.

Set in the twelfth century during the war between King Stephen and Empress Maud, Brother Cadfael and the monks of the Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul in Shrewsbury strive to carry on their life of prayer and service. In An Excellent Mystery, two Benedictine monks—refugees from their destroyed monastery in Winchester—retreat to Shropshire seeking a safe haven. While the brothers in Shropshire welcome the displaced monks, Brother Cadfael suspects that something just isn't right. Brother Cadfael must probe through the secrets to the truth underneath.

At the end of Saving Mars, Jess has escaped Earth, carrying food home to her starving world. Now, in Defying Mars, she is tormented by the loss of her beloved brother, Ethan. Although he was able to disable the lasers in orbit around Mars, he was captured on Earth. Jess can only hope that he still lives. Among the Marsians, there's a new fervor to re-open trade with Earth, but Jess fears this would be disastrous.

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