Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George – My sister and her kids read this book and loved it, and I did, too! This “young adult” book is definitely a great read for anyone who has previously enjoyed Patricia C. Wrede’s Dragon Chronicles or Shannon Hale’s Princess Academy. With dragons who have shoe, dog, and stained-glass-window fetishes, spoiled princesses, and a gutsy heroine who ultimately wants to be a small business owner, what is there not to love? There is a tiny bit of room for a sequel, so I’m hoping this author puts more out.
The Miracle of St. Anthony by Adrian Wojnarowski – Steve bought this one from Borders because our library didn’t have it. Being relatively new to the sport genre of books, I don’t have too much to compare this book to. The book covers one season with the legendary Bob Hurley who many would claim to be one of the best basketball coaches in existence. Hurley calls the seniors on his varsity team the worst class he’s ever seen, yet under his leadership and discipline, they manage to achieve amazing things. While catching snippets of the lives of the individual players, the book provides glimpses of Hurley’s family (including Bobby Hurley, his son, who played for the Sacramento Kings before a devastating accident), staff, and the struggles of the Catholic prep school to keep tuition low while remaining open in the crumbling environment of Jersey City. While saddened by some of the choices that the students make, I ultimately found this a very inspirational book as it shows how one man’s sacrifices and dedication can make a huge impact on people’s lives while achieving great things.
Also, I swear that I read the first half of this book before, but I couldn’t tell you when, where, or why!
With a bookmark:
(Books I just started reading, or books I’ve been “reading” for ages. Most recent first.)
- The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst
- A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson
In the library box:
- The Really, Truly, Honest-to-Goodness One-Pot Cookbook by Jesse Ziff Cool