Well, I'm always reading so sometimes it's more like, what didn't I read?
Last week I read Storm Over Warlock, Trash, Rosemary and Rue (I MUST get this author's books posted, they're pretty darn good!), Snow White in New York (two minutes to read, an hour to pore over the art -- it's just wonderful), several short stories from a new author -- I hope he's going publish them soon, and a couple of other books that I have to get up and go into my room to see the titles, so maybe I'll update this tomorrow.
This week I'm rereading Ordeal in Otherwhere, Android at Arms and the Wraiths of Time, the new Sunset magazine, and I'll probably read Forerunner Foray just to finish off the Warlock trilogy. And you know, I'm not sure what I'll read after that. I have one of the newer Dune novels, but upon looking at the inside, there's two books before it, so I think I'll hold off until I have the other books. I HATE starting in the middle of a series!
I've added several books and/or reviews to the website, so do keep checking back to see what's new. Oh, I know, Howard Night's The Serpent Cult is now available on Kindle as well as Nook! I knew I was forgetting something, sorry Howard!
In any case, it's midnight, so I think it's time to turn into a pumpkin and go to bed. The Chihuahua is barking at me, saying, "It's time Mommy!"
By noon today, I had over 800 views of the website. That's JUST for today!
I'm delighted by the positive responses I've received and the increasing number of views. Considering that I just went live on April 8th, the website is doing very well.
When I went looking for books for my son, I realized how badly we as parents, caregivers, teachers, educators and/or homeschoolers need a central location for Teens and Adults of Color to find good reading materials featuring protagonists of Color.
My little niche is Science Fiction and Fantasy, but if you're reading this and saying "Hey!" there's plenty of room over in Mysteries, Westerns, Suspense, Horror and so on.
In fact, if you decide to start a similar website in another genre and want to be a "sister site," I'm all good with that, I'll be happy to add your information under Resources, referring those who are looking for other genres to go and check your website out.
In any case, the views are going up and that's pretty darn awesome!
I know I'm a bit obsessive, especially about books. I've been working my way through the website, taking care of a few picky design details that were driving me mad. Now that I THINK I have them fixed, I am adding more authors and books as fast as I can.
So, without further ado, back to work!
I could just say, "Because it's my website and I said so," but going mommy on you isn't very nice.
Basically, some books are so charming, even older teens and adults may enjoy them. In addition, if a person has a reading disorder or language barrier, a simple and yet wonderfully written book may encourage him/her to read other books by that author or in that genre.
On the other hand, some readers are already enjoying books that are far beyond the targeted age range. So I make a few arbritrary decisions on books that may be perfect for a teen that reads at an 18+ level.
Remember, it's not a cliche, age really is just a number.
I'm still adjusting to the electronic age. Even though I was the office geek before I retired, I'm still not up on all the new electronic devices.
I finally noticed that Kindle has a text-to-speech function! Oh my goodness, what a God-send to people with reading disorders. I have family members who suffer from dyslexia and other reading problems. If only we'd had Kindle when they were coming up, it would've made their mandatory school reading assignments so much easier!
However, please note that this function is usable only on the Kindle Touch, Kindle Keyboard, Kindle (2nd generation) and Kindle DX.
I've went back though the featured books and noted all the Kindle editions that have text-to-speech enabled so if your teen or young adult suffers from a reading disorder, he/she has the option of listening to the text. I paid special attention to the Accelerated Reading (AR) listings and will continue to add AR books to the website for your convenience. I also added some book review websites under Resources, because the more information you have, the easier it is to select age-appropriate reading materials for your teen.