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This Dusty Bookshelf: Where The Mountain Meets The Moon

It’s been a while since I’ve written a proper book review. In fact, the last one I wrote was full two years ago. I miss writing book reviews. They help me reflect on a book I’ve just read, to think about it critically and allow it to settle into my mind a little more fully. I don’t make New Years resolutions, but if I did, this would be it; to write a review for every book I read this year, all (hopefully) 20 of them.

I started January off by reading Grace Lin’s Where The Mountain Meets The Moon. Because Mark was off work for 10 days over Christmas, I found the time to sit, and cuddled for hours in my reading chair with this book. It was a delightful couple days of recharging for the start of a new year.

Where The Mountain Meets The Moon
By Grace Lin

Minli loves her life, but she can sense her mother’s dissatisfaction with the poverty they live in. In an effort to change their fortunes, she sets off on an adventure to find the Old Man on the Moon, a character who features prominently in the fairy tales her father tells her. The story jumps from Minli as she travels from her village to where the mountain meets the moon, to her parents as they struggle with the reality of their daughter’s disappearance, and to the world of fairy tales as Lin weaves the story of the Old Man on the Moon into Minli’s adventure.

As fairy tales generally are, this book was filled with strong moral lessons, lessons about gratitude, kindness, hospitality, adventure, and self-sacrifice. These lessons were incorporated beautifully, naturally, without being over-bearing. In all, it was the kind of story I can envision sharing with Isabel one day, when she has the attention span to sit still for a chapter or two.

This book is made all the more beautiful by the drawings that accompany the story. Lin created beautiful artwork to depict key scenes in the book. It was the first time I was pleased that I chose to read this through the convenience of my iPad, rather than uploading it to my Kobo. The images would have probably had an even higher impact with a proper paper copy, but I would have barely noticed them, and certainly not appreciated them on the black and white screen of my ereader.

I gave this book a full five out of five stars. I really have nothing bad to say about it, nothing critical at all! I definitely plan to add more of Lin’s work to my reading repertoire.

Next up? I’m halfway through my very first Tamora Pierce experience. She’s a writer that so many hold dear from their tween and teen years, but I have never before read anything she’s written, despite having loved fantasy as kid. So, I’m checking out what all the fuss about her is, and so far, so good.

What are reading these days? Do you have any reading goals for 2016?

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