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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Turtles All the Way Down


Book #3 Read in 2018
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

This book has been getting mixed reviews online but I really liked it and read it in one day.  Aza is a teenager who is dealing with OCD, mental health issues and the death of her father.  As if that is not bad enough, she is also dealing with high school drama such as friendships and dating.  The boy she is seeing, Davis, has his own issues as his rich father is wanted for a white collar crime and has taken off, leaving Davis in charge of his younger brother.  This read was a good mix of realistic fiction, mystery, romance and humor.  I recommend it.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Ordinary Grace


Book #2 Read in 2018
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Looking back at his childhood, Frank grew up as the son of a small-town pastor.  He and his younger brother Jake had adventures and grew up quickly one summer after a horrible events hits their family.  This book was a mix of historical fiction, realistic fiction and a mystery.  It was well written. 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

The Jane Austen Project


Book #1 Read in 2018
The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen Flynn

Rachel and Liam travel back in time to see if  they can get their hands on Jane Austen's The Watsons.  In theory, they should not do anything to alter history or their future world might be changed.  Easier said than done.  This book is a mix of science fiction, historical fiction and romance.  I believe this book sets up a series.  It was a good read.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them--Illustrated

Book #101 Read in 2017
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them--Illustrated

Another beautifully illustrated book from the Harry Potter series, this book details the A-Z of the magical beasts that a Muggle would find in the world of Hogwarts.  This was a cute, quick read.  I borrowed this book from the public library.

Deadline


Book #100 Read in 2017
Deadline by Chris Crutcher

This is actually a re-read for me; I read it years ago when it first came out.  It will be our next class read in my Young Adult Literature class.  Ben, a senior, finds out that he has an aggressive terminal illness.  He decides to forgo treatment in order to have a "normal" senior year.  He also decides to keep news of illness to himself.  This proves problematic as he develops new friendships and he realizes he has to let his friends and family know.  While the topic is heavy, this book is filled with a humor, and a philosophy on life, that will appeal to high school and adult readers alike.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Don't Worry, Life is Easy


Book #99 Read in 2017
Don't Worry, Life is Easy by Anges Martin-Lugan

This is the sequel to the book Happy People Read and Drink Coffee.  In this book, Diane is moving on from the death of her husband and daughter, buying her parents out of her bookstore and beginning a relationship with Olivier.  But is she really over her love for Edward?  Their paths cross and almost helplessly she needs to answer whether or not she is over him.  What will she decide for her life?  This was a good, quick read and readers of the first book will enjoy this one.  I borrowed this book from the public library.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Dear Martin


Book #98 Read in 2017
Dear Martin by Nic Stone

This was an excellent young adult book.  Justyce is a smart black boy who attends a prep school.  One night, he is helping his ex-girlfriend, who is drunk and half-white.  A police officer cuffs Justyce, assuming he is up to no good.  This has a lasting effect on Justyce and he begins to question his friendships, the way people see him and how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would handle things.  This is a must read for high school and adult readers alike.