This morning, I finished the last book from the Percy Jackson series, and I must say, I loved the ending! Although I expected a twist, I wasn’t able to anticipate what actually happened, which was nice. As Jen at The Introverted Reader pointed out, character development was a strong point of these books and it was a lot of fun to see where everyone ended up. So, having finished the series, I would still highly recommend them
Looking forward, I’ve gotten my next few books for reading through the Dewey Decimal system from the library and I’m pretty excited about them! I’ve also decided to participate in my first meme, Musing Mondays, where book bloggers ponder thoughtful questions from Should Be Reading, the meme’s host. Today’s question is: How far along are you in your current read before you start thinking about what you’ll read next? As you can see from this post, I usually know what I’m reading pretty far in advance, just because I can’t help picking up large stacks of books every time I go to the library. Fortunately, I don’t usually bring a tote bag, so I’m limited by the number I can carry! But I typically still pick out my next fiction series and a chunk of non-fiction on the same or similar topics to read next. So, without further ado, the next few books in my Dewey Decimal Challenge:
638 – A Spring Without Bees – According to wikipedia, a section on “insect culture”, which at my library meant a section on bees. Since I don’t think I’m up to the challenge of raising my own bees, I chose this environmental novel over a how-to book. It seems a little over-dramatic but also gives an interesting view of the ways our food industry depends on bees.
639 – This section was something of a hodge-podge, with books on owning a variety of non-mammalian pets to books on conservation and home gardening. I was tempted to get one of the books on pets, since I’ve always liked animals, but I’m pretty sure if I did I’d be tempted to get a fish, turtle, or bearded dragon – for science. So to avoid the temptation, I instead picked up two books about environmental activists: Nature’s Second Chance: Restoring the Ecology of Stone Prairie Farm and The Eye of the Elephant: An Epic Adventure in the African Wilderness. The subtitles summarize them pretty well And finally, I picked up a book called Welcoming Wildlife To the Garden: Creating Backyard and Balcony Habitats for Wildlife. Although I don’t have a backyard, the section on tips for attracting wildlife to a balcony sold me on this one. I’m sure my cat and I would both love to watch birds and butterflies if I can make a suitable habitat on my balcony.
So here’s to a week of good reading! Feel free to post your own thoughts on the Monday Musings question in the comments or on your own blog.