Need a New Read

We’ve all been reading like crazy here this summer. Our new bags have proved useful and the kids have to have theirs when we go to the library. I had hoped that the letters would all stick a little better since I used the strongest heat n bond, but they are starting to fall off. I didn’t want to have to sew all those letters on. So far, my bag is the only one to have lost letters, so if it stays that way we’ll be fine. Anyway…

This post is not about bags. I have read several books this summer and in the interest of keeping track here is a list: (read from May-up to yesterday)

The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood: This is the first book in The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series. This little series is in the young adult section and I am quite taken with it. The books are thoughfully written with fun and dark themes at the same time. I wouldn’t want my 11 year old to read them just yet, but maybe in a few years.
The Hidden Gallery by Maryrose Wood
The Unseen Guest by Maryrose Wood: Really can’t wait to read number 4 when it is released!
A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle: I hadn’t read this and heard a couple of people talking about it recently. I must say that I didn’t think it was that great. Not a terrible read, but not one I would read again…
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry: A good second book to the Giver, which I read earlier this year.
Messenger by Lois Lowry
Son by Lois Lowry: Starting to really enjoy Lois Lowry’s writing. This series was so good. Again, probably for the high school and up set, but good books that make you think for sure.
Kisses From Katie by Katie Davis: Oh, this made me cry and think and I’ve already posted about it a little here. I want to go to Africa after reading this.
The Apothecary by Maille Meloy: This was a fun read. Another young adult book. I try to read as many as I can since Kristopher is choosing out of that section a lot now. Trying to find him some good Mom approved books!
The One & Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate: This was interesting, from the point of a gorilla living in a mall. A good, easy read.
Plain Truth by Jodi Piccoult: I have not read a Jodi Piccoult book before this, but picked it up because I’m a fan of Amish fiction. This did not dissapoint. I could hardly believe how it ended, but at the same time was relieved that something different hadn’t happened. A good long book to get wrapped up in.
The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry: Oh, my. This was something. Lois Lowry did not dissapoint, but I hardly would have called this a Junior book as the library did. The parents wanted to get rid of the kids and the kids wanted to get rid of the parents. I did enjoy reading it, but would not give it to a child!
The Racketeer by John Grisham: For those of you who don’t know, I have read every John Grisham book there is, some more than once or twice and own most of them. It would be easy to classify me as a fan. The newest is just as good as many of his others. Very suspensful and left me wondering if maybe the main character was guilty when he first went to prison.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne: Oh, this was so sad. I knew it would be, but it was. I think a middle or high schooler could read this without too much trauma, but if you didn’t already know the names Auschwitz and the Furor and what they pertained to, you might not know what was going on.
Calico Joe by John Grisham: So, John Grisham’s sports stories…can’t say I’m a huge fan. I like the Bleachers okay. Playing for Pizza was awful. Calico Joe was another that was alright. The story of forgiveness was a good one, but I just don’t care about all the baseball. I know it was a part of this story and that’s fine. I had to read it just because of the author, but this one isn’t one I will reread. ;)
The 13 Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton: I read this just to see what it was and to see if it was okay for Kristopher. It was pretty silly. Right up his alley, but far from mine. I read it in an hour or two and then passed it off to him. The authors are funny, maybe a little too loopy at times. If you have a boy who likes silly, try this one out. It is the start of a new series.
Summerset Abbey by TJ Brown: I loved this book. Perhaps it is because of my love for Downton Abbey and all things Edwardian, but it was so good. I wanted to cry for Prudence at the end. What a terrible, but good story. It was very easy to get drawn in and dream that I was a part of the story. And, I just found out that it is the first of a trilogy, so yay!

So, readers, after seeing what I’ve been reading, do you have a suggestion for my last summer reading program book? I’ve been participating and have even won a gift certificate so far. The grand prizes are 2 Kindle Paperwhites and a Kindle Fire. I would love to win that Kindle Fire! I bought a couple of books with birthday money (Ever After by Vicki Courtney & French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon) and I’m also wanting to read Quiet: but summer is not when I can read a book like that. I need something fun and easy and more importantly that the library has, so I can enter my name in again! So, let me know if you have a suggestion that I might enjoy. Read on, friends!

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