John Scritchfield spends his days wrangling three future readers and his nights wearing costumes and pretending to hit people with blunt weaponry. There is very little money it. He holds an MFA in Acting, which he puts to use by teaching at a Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan and as the Creative Director for the Calvin Theatre Company. In his free time, he enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons, reading, writing, and spending time with his wife, three children, and two cats (Jasnah and Vin). Oh, he's also the new Booknest Admin.
Mister Monday is the first installment in Garth Nix’s series The Keys to the Kingdom and is one of my favorite childhood reads. The story follows young Arthur Penhaligon in his quest to solve the mystery revolving around an enigmatic House only he can see and the strange denizens dwelling within.
Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb is the first book in The Rainwild Chronicles and the tenth book in The Realm of the Elderlings series. Similar to Liveship Traders, Dragon Keeper takes place in the same world as Hobb’s Farseer Trilogy and The Tawny Man Trilogy while not pertaining to FitzChivalry Farseer, and in some ways is a sequel series to Liveship Traders.
I have had Red Rising by Pierce Brown on my TBR pile for years, but it took my wife reading it for her book club for me to finally break down and read it. I had always wanted to read it – I’ve heard rave reviews – but other books have always taken precedence. So when Brandy joined the ranks of people singing Darrow’s praises, I knew I had to jump in before my impressions became too tainted, and oh boy, gentle reader, am I glad I did. Sitting now on the far side of Morning Star, I can tell you that Red Rising is the first book in one of my all-time favorite trilogies.