I am currently reading Beauty by Robin McKinley. This is an old favorite that I reread about once a year. Last night, I pulled it out and got about halfway through. It’s a comfort read and I love, love, love Beauty and the Beast retellings. I’m always on the lookout for new ones, and I’m always going back to old favorites.
Recently Finished: I just finished Backwards to Oregon by Jae. It’s about Luke Hamilton, a woman who has been living as a man since she was twelve, and her marriage of convenience to Nora Macauley, a former prostitute looking for a better life for herself and her daughter. They meet, marry, and begin the rough journey to Oregon while Nora remains ignorant of Luke’s secret. It was really good. I love stories where women disguised themselves as men, and I like it even more when it’s less of a disguise and more of their identity. The romance was sweet and natural and the ending very satisfying.
Reading Next: I’ll probably read Hidden Truths by Jae next. It’s the sequel to Backwards to Oregon. However, I’ve fallen behind on my book reading goal for this year and am only one book behind. I may read something short first just to catch up. We’ll see.
I haven’t done quotes for awhile, so here are two. I haven’t quote checked them, but I know the second one is accurate because I said them in the play version.
One lives in the hope of becoming a memory. -Antonio Porchia
We don’t exist until we leave record of ourselves on the lives of others. -John Steinbeck/Octavio Solis, Pastures of Heaven