I know I was just way in Boston, but next week I'll be heading south to Virginia Beach for a week away with my parents. I've decided to take along some books I've borrowed from the library, and thought you might be interested to see what's next in my To Be Read pile.
I started Secret of a Heart Note while I waited in the airport for my delayed flight to Boston. I'm very excited to continue reading.
As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, fifteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of using her extraordinary sense of smell to mix elixirs that help others fall in love.
All while remaining incurably alone.
For Mim, the rules are clear—falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. Still, Mimosa dreams of ditching the hermetic life of an aromateur in favor of high school, free time, and a boy to kiss.
When she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the school soccer star to help fix the situation, she quickly begins to realize that falling in love isn’t always a choice. It’s a calling.
The other book that I'll be taking with me, excited to start, is Caraval.
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
Then, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation to Caraval finally arrives. So, Tella enlists a mysterious sailor’s help to whisk Scarlett away to this year’s show. But as soon as the trio arrives, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with her sister, with Legend, and with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.
Fingers crossed for good weather so I can sit outside and feel the ocean breeze and churn my way through one or both of these books. (And maybe get some writing done!)
I currently have both of these books out on library loan, so this is a rather shameless plug to please support your local library. What I do is I'll usually borrow books I'm interested first, and then I'll buy them. (This is how I wound up with all six Peter Grant novels.) Your local library provides so much more than just books - they do programming for multiple ages and demographics, and they allow people who don't own computers to have computer access. My local public high school doesn't have a creative writing program in their English department. The library has a teen writing club that meets twice a month. We have at least a dozen teenagers who regularly attend.
Read widely and support your local libraries.
Hope you have a great start to your week!
Hope & Kindness,
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