Find some fun reads for you and your kids with this October reading list. Here's what my 11 year old son and I read during our "down" time together.
Here's what we read during the month of October:
Eragon (Inheritance, Book 1) by Christopher Paolini
"Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy—until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save—or destroy—the Empire."
Eldest (Inheritance Cycle, Book 2) by Christopher Paolini
"Darkness falls…despair abounds…evil reigns…
Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems. Before long, Eragon doesn’t know whom he can trust.
Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle–one that might put Eragon in even graver danger.
Will the king’s dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life. . . ."
"Oaths sworn . . . loyalties tested . . . forces collide.
It's been only months since Eragon first uttered "brisingr," the ancient language term for fire. Since then, he's not only learned to create magic with words-he's been challenged to his very core. Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still, there is more adventure at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.
First is Eragon's oath to his cousin, Roran: to help rescue Roran's beloved from King Galbatorix's clutches. But Eragon owes his loyalty to others, too. The Varden are in desperate need of his talents and strength-as are the elves and dwarves. When unrest claims the rebels and danger strikes from every corner, Eragon must make choices-choices that will take him across the Empire and beyond, choices that may lead to unimagined sacrifice.
Eragon is the greatest hope to rid the land of tyranny. Can this once simple farm boy unite the rebel forces and defeat the king?"
Mini Me and I started this series together. We were listening to an audio recording of the books, but when i got a little busy, he went on with out me and sped through the series. He's actually on the 4th book right now. He listens to them on the way to and from school. When he's going to bed, and sometimes I'll find him in his bed early in the morning listening to it. We have to take his iPad away from him sometimes or he'll listen all night. What a problem to have, right?
For All Time: A Nantucket Brides Novel (Nantucket Brides Trilogy) by Jude Devereaux
"The wedding of Alix Madsen and Jared Montgomery is a glorious affair at an elegant little chapel in the woods, followed by dinner and dancing, all while moonlight blankets the festivities in a romantic glow. While most guests are fixed on the happy couple, Jared’s cousin Graydon can’t look away from a bridesmaid, Toby Wyndam. It’s not just her quiet beauty that enthralls him or the way she makes him laugh. Toby possesses the truly remarkable ability of being able to distinguish Graydon from his identical twin brother, Rory. According to family legend, such a gift marks her as Graydon’s True Love.
But Graydon knows there is no possible way that they can ever be together, for he is heir to the Lanconian throne and is to marry a noble woman who has been chosen for him. Yet, intrigued by Toby, he asks her to help him hide on Nantucket for a week away from regal responsibilities. In exchange, he’ll assist her with planning acclaimed novelist Victoria Madsen’s lavish wedding. Since they both know their union is impossible, the pair promises that they will never be more than just friends.
But there’s more going on between Graydon and Toby than her unique power to tell him apart from his twin. At work are forces beyond their control, which are ruled by time itself. Combine that with the magical island of Nantucket, and a seductive spell is cast over Graydon and Toby. If they are to be together, they must change what once was, as well as what will be." (Amazon Snippet)
I picked up this book because it was a simple love story which is nice to just enjoy some times when you need a few moments alone. I admit, I almost put it down several times, but kept going. I thought it was slightly boring until Toby started having her "dreams". They were fun and added a little bit of "magic" to the book. I did really like that Toby was a virgin and the couple didn't jump into bed during the whole book. It was a nice, romantic read without too much thought or sex (there is a little, after they get "married". Just FYI)Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, Book 2) by Marissa Meyer
"Cinder is back and trying to break out of prison―even though she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive if she does―in this second installment from Marissa Meyer.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother, or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana."
This is the second book in the Lunar Chronicles series. I read the first one a few months ago, so it took me a while to get back in to the series. I really like these books, but they are a little slow to start. When I got to about 35% (Yes, I have a Kindle at it tells you how far along you are) is when I really started to enjoy the book.
I liked this fun retelling of The Little Red Riding Hood with a little of Cinder's story woven throughout. It was a fun read and I've already started on the third book (a Rapunzel retelling ---I think.)