Seems I forgot about a book that I read last month on the What I read in March post, so I will include that this month. Just one for school that kind of squeaked in at the end of the month. It’s all good. I am doing great on my Goodreads challenge! I am up to 25 books out of 60, which is my goal! I am a little ahead, but we are having visitors for a bit next month and some out of town visits, so who knows how next month is going to go. Airplane rides always want me to read magazines, not books.
Please let me know what books you have read lately and liked! I keep adding them to my list at the library but I am thinking they expire before they get in…hmm.
Here is what I read in April and I am looking forward to hearing your book choices!!
Brady by Jean Fritz – Brady has never been trusted with secrets, until now. When he discovers an Underground Railroad station near his family’s farm, he is forced to make his own decision about the slavery controversy. Whatever his decision may be, he knows that this is one secret that must be kept.
What I thought: I thought this book was wonderful! The story was told so well. The characters were great. I am glad they had that picture on the cover as it helped me figure out how big that space was that they mentioned in the book.
In Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldhagen – In December 1992, three groups of teenagers head to the theater to see the movie version of the famed Eons & Empires comic books. For Adam it’s a last ditch effort to connect with something (actually, someone, the girl he’s had a crush on for years) in his sleepy Florida town before he leaves for good. Passionate fan Sharon skips school in Cincinnati so she can fully appreciate the flick without interruption from her vapid almost-friends—a seemingly silly indiscretion with shocking consequences. And in suburban Chicago, Phoebe and Ollie simply want to have a nice first date and maybe fool around in the dark, if everyone they know could just stop getting in the way.
Over the next two decades, these unforgettable characters criss-cross the globe, becoming entwined by friendship, sex, ambition, fame and tragedy.
A razor-sharp, darkly comic page-turner, In Some Other World, Maybe sheds light on what it means to grow up in modern America.
What I thought: Well, it was ok. I tend to get confused when different story lines come and go as frequently as they do in this book. I could see what they were going for but it just didn’t work for me. I see it as more of a tv show or something. :shrug:
Classic Myths to Read Aloud by William F. Russell – The most complete collection of Greek and Roman myths specially arranged to be read aloud to children aged five to twelve. “Every child deserves this book. Those who do the reading aloud will be enlightened and rewarded, too.”–Edwin Newman Line drawings.
What I thought: I loved this book! The stories were fascinating.. I appreciated the pronunciations written out! I had no idea that I was pronouncing a few of these words wrong for so long, lol. I like the little extra things at the end of each story as well. Great book!
Once We Were by Kat Zhang – “I’m lucky just to be alive.”
Eva was never supposed to have survived this long. As the recessive soul, she should have faded away years ago. Instead, she lingers in the body she shares with her sister soul, Addie. When the government discovered the truth, they tried to “cure” the girls, but Eva and Addie escaped before the doctors could strip Eva’s soul away.
Now fugitives, Eva and Addie find shelter with a group of hybrids who run an underground resistance. Surrounded by others like them, the girls learn how to temporarily disappear to give each soul some much-needed privacy. Eva is thrilled at the chance to be alone with Ryan, the boy she’s falling for, but troubled by the growing chasm between her and Addie. Despite clashes over their shared body, both girls are eager to join the rebellion.
Yet as they are drawn deeper into the escalating violence, they start to wonder: How far are they willing to go to fight for hybrid freedom? Faced with uncertainty and incredible danger, their answers may tear them apart forever.
What I thought: Well, first of all, I didn’t realize this was the second book in a series until I was already into the book a good way…so, that didn’t help any. But I liked it ok. I am not sure if I would have liked it any more after reading the first book or not. It was strange since each person was actually two people, again with the confusion. Maybe I should just stay away from books like that, lol.
Bound for Oregon by Jean van Leeuwen – With only a guide book to show them the way, the Todd family sets out from their Arkansas home on a two thousand mile trek to claim uncharted Oregon Territory. Crossing rough terrain and encountering hostile Indians, the Todds show their true pioneering spirit. But as winter draws near, will the Todds have the strength to complete their journey? And if they make it, will Oregon fulfill their dreams?
What I thought: I thought this was a wonderful book! Again, another school book. I am loving these choices though! This was told well and the characters were great. The story really pulled you in. And make sure you read the Author’s Note at the end, it is interesting as well!
Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire – A fantasy set in Tsarist Russia.
Elena Rudina lives in the impoverished Russian countryside. Her father has been dead for years. One of her brothers has been conscripted into the Tsar’s army, the other taken as a servant in the house of the local landowner. Her mother is dying, slowly, in their tiny cabin. And there is no food. But then a train arrives in the village, a train carrying untold wealth, a cornucopia of food, and a noble family destined to visit the Tsar in Saint Petersburg — a family that includes Ekaterina, a girl of Elena’s age. When the two girls’ lives collide, an adventure is set in motion, an escapade that includes mistaken identity, a monk locked in a tower, a prince traveling incognito, and — in a starring role only Gregory Maguire could have conjured — Baba Yaga, witch of Russian folklore, in her ambulatory house perched on chicken legs
What I thought: I liked this book! The characters were written so well, and the story line was sooo out there, but it just worked for me. I didn’t realize it was the same other that wrote Wiked, which really, I guess I could see that, lol. This book is like a fairy tale with other fairy tales inside!
Anyway, those are the books I read in April! I am excited for May! I have a stack of five books, but am not sure I could read all of them before they are due back to the library, we will see!