Recent Reads

Warriors series by Erin Hunt.  Maya and I are reading the series together, and we just finished the fourth book.  Although I'm not a "cat person,"  Maya likes Hunt's clan-based society of wild cats, including all that you would expect in a survival-based society--friendship, betrayal, romance, loyalty, fighting between clans, tons of hunting, and passing hunting and fighting skills along to the young (kits).  Fireheart, originally born as a house cat (kittypet), is our favorite character--fierce, smart, loyal to a fault, and enough of an outsider to see the members of his adopted clan clearly.

Hard Time by Cara McKenna (2014).  Romance blooms through letters between an inmate and the public librarian who spends a day a week working with the prisoners.  What happens when their relationship has the chance to become more than just one on paper?  Steamy, excellent read about two imperfect people unexpectedly finding each other. 

For whatever reason, I'm on a nonfiction mountain-climbing book kick, mainly books about Mt. Everest and K2.  From the dozen or so books I've read in the past couple of months, my two favorites are listed below.

Fearless on Everest: The Quest for Sandy Irvine by Julie Summers (2001).  Only 22 when he "disappeared into the clouds" while climbing on Mt. Everest in 1924, not nearly as much is known about Andrew "Sandy" Irvine as his older, more established climbing companion, George Leigh Mallory.  As a descendant of Irvine's through his sister, Summers sought the assistance of family members and friends to create a well-rounded portrait of a man who died entirely too young.

K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain by Ed Viesturs with David Roberts (2009).  Second in height to Mt. Everest, yet considered the more dangerous climb, K2 is the ultimate climb.  Viesturs, who has climbed all 14 of the world's 8000 meter peaks (gulp), provides an interesting, balanced take on climbs of note throughout the history of K2 climbing.  If I ever had the drive and physical stamina (and insanity?) to undertake a climb, I'd want to be with Viesturs.

Happy reading! 


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