Books, books, books, and writing Voice from the Middle

What I’ve been reading

One nice thing about not writing in a blog for an year and a half, the number of books read to pick from is a nice sized list.

The first book I want to share is The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell. I enjoyed the BBC series on Netflix. While this isn’t the type of book I usually read, I really enjoyed it. Cornwell has written 12 books in this series, the last coming out last November. I’ll be continuing to read these.

The Goodreads’ description says these are based on Cornwell’s ancestors which is not needed, as how craftily he writes historical fiction. Enjoy going back to the 9th and 10th centuries. The struggle between the Danes and King Alfred the Great is an amazing read.

Check out the series on Netflix as well. The streaming service released in July 2020 that a fifth season will be coming out in the future.

This is a great book, City of Thieves by David Benioff. It is one that I still think about which is the great testament for a book. I may even go back and read it again.

The background is Leningrad during the Nazi’s brutal siege during World War II. At times, it was laugh out loud funny, outstandingly bleak, and a thrilling story. Check it out.

To leave the historical fiction behind, check out this fantastic book — The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater. A very modern theme — sexuality and a non-binary world.

Based on a 2013 event in Oakland California, when a teenage boy lit the skirt of gender non-conforming schoolmate on fire. It’s a quick read that taught me many views, issues, and made me think about gender identification. I recommend.

Have a wonderful week!

— Namaste

By Debra Happe

Debra Happe is a writer and marketing professional based in Des Moines, Iowa. Debra does business, magazine, and freelance copywriting work. Specialties include science-based, environmental, and technological. Connect on LinkedIn for professional inquiries.

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