I was away visiting friends and family, trying to find the sun.  I did find the sun in Davis, but unfortunately the temperature was still in the 40’s and 50’s.  Too cold!  And the day we went to San Francisco, the wind was fierce!

The Boy getting blown away at Lands End park


Author Patrick Ness (Knife of Never Letting Go) has posted the Top 10 adult books to read before you become an adult on the Guardian UK.  Do you agree?

What am I reading?  The Boy and I listened to 3 books in the car during our driving trip.  Heist Society by Allie Carter, sort of an Oceans Eleven with teens, Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer, young vampire grows up as a normal kid, and Foundling by D. M. Cornish.  All 3 were decent and the first in a series, but the last one was really engaging.

Foundling is the first book in the Monster Blood Tattoo series.  The reader is superb (audiobook!) and the story is complicated but effortless.  You fall into the world of young Rossamund, a boy with a girl’s name and an orphan who was raised in a maritime foundling home.  When he reaches a reasonable age, he is set loose to become a lamplighter; someone who lights the lamps along the roads and maintains them.  He doesn’t even make it out of town before the adventure begins.

D. M. Cornish masterfully creates the fantastic land of Half-Continent and makes you believe it exists.  It is different enough from our world to be engaging, but same enough to give something to hold on to.  Good for teens and tweens (and adults, in my opinion).  Enjoy.