October 2019 books read

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot, 2010 – quotes pulled, TBD
  • The Changeling King (Estranged #2) – Ethan M. Aldridge, 2019
  • The Path of Least Resistance: Learning to Become the Creative Force in Your Own Life – Robert Fritz, 1989 – quotes pulled, TBD
  • Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood, 1998 – quotes pulled, TBD
  • A History of Loneliness, 2014 – John Boyne – quotes pulled, TBD
  • Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (or Die Trying) – Bill Griffin, 2015. Not bad… Griffin’s a little too into himself, but clearly explains why it’s all about exercise and purpose (ikigai is my biggest takeaway).
  • The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything – Neil Pasricha, 2015. Wait, he talks about ikigai as well… now I’m not sure which book I’m remembering it from. This was also not bad but evaporates from my memory like many self-help books. I did like very much that the main messages from each chapter are added to each time, so that the first ones get repeated – that really helps anchor them together. The full set is: be happy first; do it for you; remember the lottery; never retire; overvalue you; create space; just do it; be you; and don’t take advice, which is a great way to end a self-help book! But seriously, that list refreshes my memory enough to call this one above average.
  • Double Star – Robert Heinlein, 1956 – One of my favorite Heinleins, a taste I share with Connie Willis! I re-read it this time because of remembering “politics is the only sport for grownups.”

The Changeling King (Estranged #2) – Ethan M. Aldridge, 2019

The first book in the series blew me away. This one (the second in at least a trilogy?) I loved also, but of course it didn’t have quite the same element of surprise: I knew it would be great, and it is. The characters of the brothers-by-Fay-kidnapping continue to evolve, and the human parents and especially older sister Alexis get to take the stage as well. Alexis is who I would have wanted to be as a kid, and she gets to learn magic too! My favorite detail is the visual representation (drawings in speech bubbles) of the spells, and the ways that Alexis’ attempts go awry but are still useful. The view of Fay society and class struggle is great. I’m looking forward to the next volume, but it must take Aldridge a really long time to do the amazing art!

Average Rating:

4.2 rating based on 1,237 ratings (all editions)

ISBN-10: 0062653911
ISBN-13: 9780062653918
Goodreads: 41212409

Author(s): Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: 10/1/2019

After years of pretending to be human, the changeling Edmund Carter has assumed his rightful role as Cinder, king of the World Below. But not everyone at the royal palace is happy about his return.

Meanwhile, Ed is adjusting to human life in the World Above. His birth family treats him with a kindness he never knew growing up in the Fay court, but Ed misses the sense of purpose he had as a knight.

When a mysterious new threat emerges in the World Below, Cinder must call on Ed and their older sister, Alexis, for help. But nothing can prepare them for the family secret that awaits at the end of their perilous quest.