So sometimes I just have to go on a crazy reading blitz, and this weekend was one of those times. Between Friday and now, I read these five books. Yes... I neglected everything else including lesson prep, housework, my husband, my son and my dog, but sometimes, I am seized by the reading addiction and I binge.
Each one of these books has merits, although I did prefer some more than others. Here's a brief description in case you're interested in finding these @ our library on Monday.
Eleven and holding - Macy does not want to turn 12 if her father can't be at the celebration, and it looks like he won't be able to be there, but she doesn't understand why he is staying away from his home, and she doesn't understand what the "important business" could possibly be.
Orbiting Jupiter - This is one of the books chosen for the 2016 Global Read Aloud.
Jack gets a new 14 year old foster brother, Joseph, and he only knows a few things about him; he almost killed a teacher, he's just gotten out of jail, he has a baby daughter named Jupiter and he wants help to find her.
The Scourge - Ani Mells, one of the River People, gets captured by a town warden and tested for the Scourge, a contagious virus that results in death. Though she is certain that she doesn't have the disease, to her surprise she tests positive, and is sent to a quarantine colony on Attic Island, with her best friend, Weevil.
It's a Wonderful Death - Taken by mistake by the Grim Reaper before her time was up, Rowena Joy (R.J.) is determined to protest loudly enough that they let her back to Earth and to her old life. When Death himself makes a deal for her, she is given the chance to redo three critical moments in her life to determine whether her life was significant enough to make it worth their while to turn back time and let her live. Who doesn't love a chance to do something over again?
Pax - This is one of the books chosen for the Global Read Aloud this year, and it is fabulous. I love how Pennypacker takes the intimate emotions of a character, and describes them to a tee. Highly recommend this story. Loved it even though the cover didn't grab me and so it sat on my TBR pile for a long, long time!
Middle School former Teacher Librarian - then MYP math and science. Update... VERY recently retired! Still adjusting that I'm not just on summer vacation!!!
Just didn't enjoy it as much as Shadow and Bone. I just felt like the author was really trying a bit too hard to draw this story out. I was able to put it down several times and I couldn't put Shadow and Bone down so there's the differen...
The Grisha triology is a fantasy series that I really enjoyed. I reread the last book because I thought I wasn't remembering something. I'm a bit confused because I've started King of Scars and Nikolai isn't as I remembered. Don't want...
by Tahereh Mafi
I’m not usually someone who enjoys a story that is predominantly about the attraction between two people BUT I did like this one. The setting is one year after 9/11 and 16 year old Shirin, an American born Muslim whose family moves freq...
I love a good mystery, and although I correctly guessed the murderer in the first chapter, I still thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns.