An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L’Engle – This “young adult science fiction novel” follows Polly O’Keefe (the daugher of Meg from A Wrinkle In Time) who is being home-schooled by her grandparents for a season (after the events of A House Like a Lotus). She enjoys being an only child for a while, but then strange events start to happen: Polly meets some people who lived in the area over 3000 years ago. The opening of the time gate has drawn others in, as well; ultimately, Polly’s love and courage are necessary to help her survive some dangerous situations.
Zachary Gray (from A House Like a Lotus, and formerly from two of the Austin books, The Moon By Night and A Ring of Endless Light) reappears in Polly’s life and plays a major role in the plot. Zach’s past has been marred with relational failure and selfishness; will he get one more chance to turn things around?
While it may be helpful to read the previous books that involve these characters, it’s not necessary.
The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum – I thought that reading the Bourne books would help refresh my memory before watching The Bourne Ultimatum. I didn’t realize that the movies were almost completely different from the books! Some details were similar (“man with amnesia,” “pretty woman named Marie”) but the bulk of the plot was completely different, involving a dangerous assassin that is after Bourne — and he can’t remember why.
The book was an interesting read (another thriller) although I found the author’s style a little hard to follow. Just don’t read it thinking that you’ll get a synopsis of the movie — go to Wikipedia for that!
Meet the Austins by Madeleine L’Engle – A short young adult book, and one of my favorites. Vicky (12 years old) is the narrator, the second child in a family of four. Their happy, noisy lives are turned upside down when an orphan named Maggie comes to stay with them.
One of my favorite parts in the book is the description of her grandfather’s house, which is a converted stable. Quotes painted on the wall, stalls and stalls filled with books, right by the ocean… sounds like a dream house to me!
The Moon By Night by Madeleine L’Engle – This book takes place about three years after the events of Meet the Austins. Vicky’s father is taking on a temporary research position in New York City, so the family is leaving their small country town and going on a cross-country camping road trip and back as a fun transition between their two lives. Vicky, now “almost fifteen,” is starting to get a little “broody” and also discovering boys — or, rather, boys are discovering her. In between encounters with a dashing Zachary Grey who pursues her across the country and trying to find her place with her own family, Vicky also begins to struggle with the concept of a loving God compared to the pain and suffering that Zachary opens her eyes to. Vicky tries to find and establish her identity as she learns how big and diverse the world is compared to the small town she grew up in.
Although the book is marketed towards teens as a “girl meets boy” story with a cover that shows a couple cuddling, the book has deeper messages about self, identity, and suffering vs. free will.
The Bourne Supremacy by Robert Ludlum – If you keep in mind that the movies at this point have nothing to do with the book other than sharing a title, this book is another thrilling read. This time, Bourne — or, known by his real name, Daniel Webb — is married to Marie and enjoying a quiet existence when everything falls apart again. This time, his own government kidnaps Marie in order to spur Bourne on to take on a critical mission in Asia — but Bourne thinks that someone else is behind the kidnapping. Lies within lies are spun and unraveled… unfortunately, Bourne’s sanity begins to unravel as well…
How was that for a suspenseful synopsis? 🙂
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