Reading Down My TBR Pile – Week 12

I was asked by the Disability in Kidlit folks if I’d read a particularly book which has a character with CP in it and let them know if it was any good.  So I bought that this week.  I decided that was OK but then I really couldn’t buy any more books. I was going to wait until I got my copy of Heidi Swain’s The Cherry Tree Cafe which is being published in mid July before buying any more.  I suck, big style, at sticking to book resolutions lately but I was going to do that.

And I did.

But only because the very next morning I got an email from NetGalley saying my request for a prerelease review copy had been approved.  And a second email saying I’m now autoapproved for any Simon and Schuster fiction title on there.  So I downloaded The Cherry Tree Cafe and also The Heavenly Italian Ice Cream Shop by Abby Clements.

What can I say? I have a problem with buying books.

This week I’ve read two books and I’ve also, finally, decided that I should just DNF the audiobook I’ve been vaguely listening to for about six weeks now.

Star Trek: The Next Generation Armageddon’s Arrow by Dayton Ward paperback, 384 pages, read in 8 days, started reading on the day it arrived.

I’m on a bit of a Star Trek reading kick at the moment, I’ve been reading Star Trek Voyager fanfic a lot lately as well (and the various Star Trek series are not my usual fandoms for fanfic).  I liked it a lot. Star Trek with a bit of a thorny ethical dilemma, some brilliant “family scenes” and character building.  We don’t see as much of the old TNG crew in these books but they’re still great and I enjoy them.  I’d like to see more like this.

Dive #1 The Discovery by Gordon Korman ebook, 147 pages, on TBR for a few days, read in one sitting

This is the book Disability in Kidlit asked me to read. It’s the first in a trilogy for teenagers and one of the characters has mild CP.  I would quite like to read the next two but am trying to resist buying them and they aren’t available in the library.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book – it has a good representation of the girl with CP, Star, and pretty much manages to avoid most of the cliches.  There were a couple of cracking lines about her disability too.  I wasn’t expecting either of those things.  On the whole this was a quick read which I enjoyed but being aimed at young teens it was as detailed as I would have liked.

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