Summer Reading

I guess I need to finish this post before school starts! The kids didn’t get to participate in the summer reading program at our library this year. It was the first, and only, year that all four of them could have been in the same program and we didn’t get to sign up. By the time I got there, two days after sign ups opened!) to sign them up all the spots were filled for the two sessions early in the day and I didn’t want to try to squeeze in the night session. I was a little sad that they couldn’t do it, but since we’ve participated for the last 7 years and the programs are almost the same each year, it wasn’t too terrible. :) We still spent quite a bit of time at the library this summer and the kids read lots of books.

Even though they didn’t do the kids program, I signed up for the Adult Summer Reading Program. I really had my sights set on winning one of the kindle fires that they gave out as the grand prize drawings at the end. To get your name in for those, you had to read books. They also gave out 15 gift cards each week to gas stations and restaurants. I didn’t end up with a Kindle, but I did get a $10 gas card one week. At the beginning of the summer they also give adults who sign up a little gift bag with a t-shirt and other goodies. It is worth signing up just for that. Here is my summer reading list:

Moriarty Returns A Letter: This was a quick, fun read. If you like all things Sherlock, you might like it, too.

The ACB with Honora Lee: I’m always reading books from the Young Adult and Junior sections at our library, trying to find good things for the kids to read. This was on the new book shelf this summer and I’m glad I picked it up. It was a heartwarming, fun story. I would not have a problem with my two oldest reading it, which is not always the case when I read books from the younger sections.

Sons of Moriarty & More Stories of Sherlock Holmes: There were some good little stories in here, and some that I felt dragged on and I didn’t really want to finish. Honestly, I did not enjoy the main part of the book: the novella, Sons of Moriarty, as much as the rest of the stories. Still, a good read if you like Sherlock and Dr. Watson.

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Interrupted Tale: This was the fourth book in the series, which I have been waiting for. I think it’s a really good series in the young adult section, however not something I would recommend to my children yet. Kristopher could probably handle it, now, as 12, but I really want to see how the series ends before suggesting it..and I thought it would end with the fourth book, but we’re left hanging again. I recommend this book, if you like short books and like a fun plot, fun characters, and an older style of writing than we’re used to.

Waiting for Morning: As all of Karen Kingsbury’s novels are, this was a sad story. I cried when two of the main character’s family members died and I screamed at her when she didn’t pay attention to her daughter who lived. I wanted so much to change the story. It was well written and while reading it, I remembered why I don’t read a lot of her books anymore. They make me too sad, because I get way too wrapped up in the story. It was a good story about forgiveness though and I am glad that she wrote the end the way that she did. If you can make it through all the sadness, this is a good read for you.

Prayers for the Stolen: This was another book off the new book shelf. Honestly, if I hadn’t been trying to read for the summer reading program, I would have put it down after the first couple of chapters. If this book shows what it is really like to live in places in Mexico, I feel so sad for the people who live there. I am sure it happens, but it is hard to believe that girls get stolen right out of their homes with their parents there. It is hard to believe that they have to dig holes to hide in for this reason. The book is a work of fiction, but most fiction (I would think) is written from some truth. I hate to think that these things really happen. The language in the book is not very fun to read either. It wasn’t all that terrible, but wasn’t nice either.

Sycamore Row: If you know me, you know I love John Grisham. I have most of his books, but I must have been in a hole, because I didn’t know he had a new one out. Sycamore Row was so good. It was fun to see Jake Brigance again, and it was a wonderfully written book. As suspenseful as all his books, I had no idea where he was going with the storyline most of the way through the book, and once I did I didn’t know how his characters would react. Definitely recommend this one!

Aunt Dimity & The Wishing Well: Again, this is not a book I would normally have picked up, or finished, but I grabbed it off the new book shelf and read it so I could put my name on another ticket. :) The story isn’t terribly bad, but it is all kind of ridiculous. I am glad that at the end it turned out that the wishing well wasn’t really granting people’s wishes, and the storyline in that respect was good. I do think the whole Aunt Dimity is dead, but writes to her living niece in a notebook is way far fetched. Some of the characters really got on my nerves too. If you like nonsense writing (IMHO), you might enjoy this book.

Unglued: I read most of this book over the summer and participated in a bible study with a group from church. Lisa Terkeurst writes in an easy to understand way and gives ideas and solutions that will help you to be a little more glued together. She also tries to help you understand why you come unglued and makes you feel a little less alone with her stories. This is a good book and if you take the tips to heart you will not only feel better, but maybe even feel like a new person. And, if you think you’ve never come unglued, this book probably isn’t for you. I sure have, though!

So, what did you read this summer? Anything you’d recommend? Anything you think I should stay far away from? Hope you had a summer filled with good books! I can’t imagine a life without books. I saw this image a few days ago, and it is very hard to believe these numbers:

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image credit: patheos.com

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