Thursday, August 3, 2017

Here's what we've been reading while trying to beat the summer heat!


This month I finished The Star Thief by Lindsey Becker, though most of it got read in June. I LOVED it. I also read The Magic Words by Cheryl Klein, about writing for children and young adults, and it had some good reminders in it. I read Out of the Silent Planet by CS Lewis, which I've been meaning to get to for years, and The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, and I'm excited to continue the series.


This month I've read WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI, A MONSTER CALLS, LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE, TRUTH OR DARE, LORD OF SHADOWS and re-read THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST. I have re-read this book more than any other apart from ANNE OF GREEN GABLES. I don't quite understand my compulsion, but some things are best not to be questioned. Now that I think about it, I'm overdue for a re-read of DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE...


I've been on an audio book kick for a while, mostly because I'm always in the car, and that trend has continued this summer, though I did manage to squeeze in one actual hold-in-your-hands-smell-the-pages book. Ahhhh, heaven! I recently read/listened to:

GEM AND DIXIE by Sara Zarr-- a moving, emotional story about family and sisterhood by one of my favorite authors; HOW TO START A FIRE AND WHY: A NOVEL by Jesse Ball-- intelligent and raw, the MC's voice reminds me of Holden Caulfield; MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES by Jasmine Warga, who explores a difficult topic with a delicate and authentic hand; ONCE AND FOR ALL by Sarah Dessen--a story about loss and love, delivered in Dessen's solid, heartwarming style.


Not quite finished, although I will be soon: I've been reading the sweeping family saga HOMEGOING by Yaa Gyasi. (Not YA, just FYI.) I don't want to give too much way, so I will just say that I love the structure, which manages to make small, personal stories feel very epic.

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The Bitter Kingdom
Wild Awake
The Raven Boys
Mind Games
Eleanor and Park
The Shattered Mountain
The Shadow Cats
Froi of the Exiles
Days of Blood & Starlight
Every Day
Jellicoe Road
Finnikin of the Rock
Guitar Notes
The Dead-Tossed Waves
The Crown of Embers
New House 5: How A Dorm Becomes A Home
The Fault in Our Stars

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