Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Road Trip Wednesday - Best book in July

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This Week's Topic is: What was the best book you read in July?

This one is easy for me. I finally got to read The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. Wow. I expected to love the book because I enjoyed Shiver and love horses. But this book was just amazing. The interactions between Puck and Sean were heart wrenching and my emotional investment grew steadily through the book. I so desperately wanted both of them to win, but knew that there was no way for the ending to avoid a tragedy on some level. I literally wrung my hands  while reading the last few chapters. This book is a perfect example of slowly building tension and connection with both the characters and the events.

On a related note, I am currently reading Outlander - Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon, a portal fantasy set in 1700's Scotland. The legend of the Waterhorse, which The Scorpio Races is based upon, is told around a campfire. And I just got to a chapter titled The Waterhorse, so I am looking forward to learning more about this legend that I'd never heard of before Maggie's book.

Don't you love it when things in life tie together like that?