December Reading Roundup
Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy by Sadhguru
A good introduction to the system of yoga, as a whole rather than the physical practice of hath yoga that most people know. It starts with the story of the author’s spiritual awakening and then explains the different facets of yoga. The author’s voice is very strong, and may not be to everyone’s taste. I found it endearing and easy to read. It is, however, fairly easy to understand with excellent examples for the concepts and exercises.
Sparked by Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous
I was excited to read this after seeing the authors at a LitQuake event in San Francisco. A high schooler goes missing and her sister begins having strange dreams. There’s a prophecy, and the emergence of powers, all set against a backdrop of a high school in Oregon. I liked the pace, and the way the authors wove a number of character threads together. It was a fun read and unlike anything else I’ve read. My only complaint was the teenage angst. It was a little too good, and I felt like it got in the way of me connecting with the characters and the story.
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J Maas
I enjoyed but didn’t love the first book in Maas’s Throne of Glass series. However, given how much more I liked the second book in the Court of Thorns and Roses series than the first, I was more than willing to give the second book a go. I was glad I did. I definitely liked it better than the first. The expansion of the mythology, especially in the second half, added a lot of richness. I also liked the development of Dorian’s character, even if he spent a lot of the book moping around. And the twist at the end opens up a slew of exciting possibilities for the direction of the series. My main complaint is that it took a while for things to get going. By the end I was intrigued enough to keep reading, but if you had asked me if that were true halfway through the book I would have still been on the fence.
Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J Maas
Maas keeps getting better as she goes along. I loved the third book in the Throne of Glass series. I loved the introduction of Rowan. I think one of things that the first two books were missing was a male character who could match up to Celaena. I also loved how the world expanded to a new country, and that we finally got some answers about what is going on in the world, and the darkness that it is facing. But my favorite thing was the introduction of a whole new host of characters – the witches. They add a whole new layer of complexity and mythology that really benefits the story. I cannot wait to read the next one!