Twitterature: January 2014 Edition

January 15, 2014 — 18 Comments

twitterature-graphic1George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution:

George Washington knew he would need to outsmart the British in order to beat them. To do this, he enlisted the Culper Spy Ring, a group of 5 men and one woman, to infiltrate New York City and Long Island. #InvisibleInk #CodeNames #AlmostLikeNationalTreasureIsTrue

Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold

This book is like the Chronicles of Narnia for grown ups. What happens when we can’t divide the world into Team Aslan and Team White Witch? Till We Have Faces retells the myth of Cupid and Psyche through the eyes of Oural, Psyche’s ugly sister. It’s beautiful. #NoTurkishDelight

The Name of the Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One

I’m still very early in this novel, but if you like high fantasy (imaginary worlds, swordplay, myth and legend, big spiders), you’ll like it. #TheHeroIsNamedKvothe #YesKvothe #RhymesWithQuoth #WishIWasKiddingAboutSpiders

Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World

I’m reading an advanced copy, but it hits the shelves soon. This book is all about living counter-culturally in our fast-paced, crazy-over-scheduled society. It’s Oxenreider’s sweet spot, and I can’t wait to finish it. #BeautifulWriting #PracticalApplication

The Scorpio Races

On my nightstand. It involves water horses. That race. I’m game.

The Goldfinch

I’m right in the middle of this book – a coming-of-age story that begins with an explosion and starts the hunt for a missing Dutch Master painting. The prose is gorgeous, though lengthy. #700+Pages

The Indian in the Cupboard

Omri receives two gifts for his birthday: a plastic toy Indian and his grandmother’s cupboard. The two remarkably ordinary gifts become the start of great adventure. #LittleBoyDreamBook

Elephant & Piggie Books

We cannot get enough of these guys. #EasyReaders #Hilarious #YesThoseTwoHashTagsCanCoExist

The Day the Crayons Quit

A children’s book full of letters to Duncan from the crayons in his crayon box. It’s clever and imaginative, and your kids will love it. #Creative #NewClassic

What are you reading this month?

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  • Mary Jo Johnson

    Any book that is described as a Chronicles of Narnia for grown ups sounds like a book I need to read. Thanks for the recommendations!

    • Kelly Wiggains

      haha. It’s not nearly as whimsical and exciting as Narnia, but it’s beautiful.

  • Jeannie

    I read Till We Have Faces for my book club a number of years ago; it really is a beautiful book. Many readers of C.S. Lewis are not even familiar with this one of his books so I’m glad to see it given a little publicity here!

    • Kelly Wiggains

      I had never heard of it, really, other than remembering it from a list of Lewis’s works. A friend recommended it to me as his favorite book. I loved it.

  • Sarah Kerner

    I’m so jealous you are getting to read an advance copy of Blue Bike! I am really excited for that one. I am also very interested in Til We Have Faces, I’ve never even heard of it!

    • Kelly Wiggains

      I signed up to be a part of the blogger launch team ages ago. I had completely forgotten about it, so I was super excited and surprised!

  • MK Jorgenson

    Oooh…thanks for the reminder about Til We Have Faces; I meant to read it once and…well, you know how it goes with reading lists…

    I’m really loving Blue Bike, too; I’m not the world’s fastest reader, but I’m flying through it.

    • Kelly Wiggains

      I completely understand. I read it because a friend recommended it to me. Tsh’s writing style is just so easy to read. Love her.

  • Becca

    The Day the Crayons Quit is amazing! I got it for my guys for Christmas and we’ve read it 100 times! So creative, I laughed out loud :)

    • Kelly Wiggains

      I crack up at Beige every time.

  • Cassie Rauk

    I finished The Goldfinch a few weeks back, long but worth it. I am reading Tsh’s book now too, it is super great!

    • Kelly Wiggains

      Right? Tsh rocks.

  • Anne Bogel

    We loved The Day the Crayons Quit! I read The Goldfinch last month and I’m still processing that one. And I haven’t read Till We Have Faces since college–I think I’m overdue for a re-read.

    Thanks for sharing what you’re reading!

    • Kelly Wiggains

      The Day the Crayons Quit is a new favorite. I’m going to have to buy it.

  • Josh Castle

    Good call on the Kingkiller Chronicles. They’re awesome. I can’t wait till number three!

    • Kelly Wiggains

      I was actually going to ask if you had read this series. It’s right up your alley.

  • Shana Norris

    The Goldfinch is on my 2014 reading list. A friend told me it was her favorite of 2013, but that Tartt takes a long time to tell the story and probably could have done it with a lot less words/pages!

    I cannot WAIT to read The Blue Bike. I’m so envious of the adventure Tsh has coming up!!

    • Kelly Wiggains

      There are some sections that lag, but I’m still enjoying it.

      And Blue Bike is great!