Talk about shocked! We had my niece visiting all month and I just didn’t think that I read very much the whole time she was here! Apparently I did! Granted, a couple were during school, but still.. Who knew? lol We are all going to be sad to see her go home tomorrow. 🙁 Anyway, here is what I read in June and as usual, let me know what books you have loved lately! I think I am going to take a break from getting books at the library and start reading some of the books that are starting to pile up around here! Will be a change for a while. I am partial to hard cover books and some of these are soft and I cringe…but I really want to read them! The struggle is real, lol….
Infinite in Between by Carolyn Mackler – Zoe, Jake, Mia, Gregor, and Whitney meet at freshman orientation. At the end of that first day, they make a promise to reunite after graduation. But so much can happen in those in-between years. . . .
Zoe fears she will always be in her famous mother’s shadow. Jake struggles to find the right connections in friendship and in love. Mia keeps trying on new identities, looking for one that actually fits. Gregor thought he wanted to be more than just a band geek. And Whitney seems to have it all, until it’s all falling apart around her.
What I thought: I thought this was a pretty cute story. I imagine some will call it slightly cheesy, but I thought it was well written and cute…
The Girl on the Run by Gregg Olsen – A twisted murder, a tangle of lies . . . Now Rylee must run for her life. What if you discovered that everything you thought you knew about yourself was a lie? Rylee has spent her life being shuttled from city to city by her parents. She assumes the reasons are normal. But the truth couldn’t be more shocking. One day Rylee comes home from school to find the most horrifying thing imaginable — her father dead, with a knife through his heart, and a key clutched in his hand. Her mother’s purse is on the counter, but she appears to be long gone. A message in blood is written on the floor . . . RUN.
With her brother in tow, Rylee begins a dark journey that will uncover horrific and chilling crimes and lead her to an unexpected and gruesome discovery and who is behind these horrific crimes. Run is the first book in the Vengeance series, following Rylee as she begins to piece together the story of her life.
What I thought – I really enjoyed this book! It was interesting.. The one thing I didn’t like is the ending that is waiting for the sequel, lol.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Unknown – A New Year’s feast at King Arthur’s court is interrupted by the appearance of a gigantic Green Knight, resplendent on horseback. He challenges any one of Arthur’s men to behead him, provided that if he survives he can return the blow a year later. Sir Gawain accepts the challenge and decapitates the knight – but the mysterious warrior cheats death and vanishes, bearing his head with him. The following winter Gawain sets out to find the Knight in the wild Northern lands and to keep his side of the bargain. One of the great masterpieces of Middle English poetry, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight magically combines elements of fairy tale and heroic sagas with the pageantry, chivalry and courtly love of medieval Romance. Brian Stone’s evocative translation is accompanied by an introduction that examines the Romance genre, and the poem’s epic and pagan sources. This edition also includes essays discussing the central characters and themes, theories about authorship and Arthurian legends, and suggestions for further reading and notes.
What I thought – Well, this definitely took more time than I thought it would to read, lol. This is one we did for school. It was still a good story. I am glad we had a study guide though that helped us understand some of the different things that were going on that we might have missed due to language and such…
The Glass Castle by Trisha White Priebe & Jerry B. Jenkins – You’ll love joining in the adventures of The Glass Castle, brand-new from Trisha White Priebe and Jerry Jenkins, where the setting from The Chronicles of Narnia meets the action from Alice in Wonderland. The king is growing old and is concerned about who will replace him. His new wife wants to produce an heir to the throne. The only problem? Thirteen years ago, the king’s first wife gave birth to a son, and no one knows for sure what happened to him. Rumors swirl throughout the castle. The solution as simple: dispose of all the thirteen-year-olds in the kingdom. Except, it isn’t that easy. Avery and her friends won’t go quietly. Avery, Kate, Tuck, and Kendrick take charge of the underground network of kidnapped children, inspiring them to believe that their past does not dictate their future and pledging to do the hardest thing of all. . .reunite the children with the homes they left behind. When they discover that one among them might be the child of a man who wants them dead, will everything they work for be lost?
What I thought – Ok, I really enjoyed this book! It was geared toward middle schoolers but I have to say I was intrigued and am looking forward to the sequel! 😀 I wrote a review about this book here if you wanted to read it!
The Friends We Keep by Susan Mallery – In this insightful and compelling story from book club favorite Susan Mallery, three close friends test the boundaries of how much a woman can give before she has nothing left.
After five years as a stay-at-home mom, Gabby Schaefer can’t wait to return to work. Oh, to use the bathroom in peace! No twins clamoring at the door, no husband barging in, no stepdaughter throwing a tantrum. But when her plans are derailed by some shocking news and her husband’s crushing expectations, Gabby must fight for the right to have a life of her own.
Getting pregnant is easy for Hayley Batchelor. Staying pregnant is the hard part. Her husband is worried about the expensive fertility treatments and frantic about the threat to her health. But to Hayley, a woman who was born to be a mom should risk everything to fulfill her destiny—no matter how high the cost.
Nicole Lord is still shell-shocked by a divorce that wasn’t as painful as it should’ve been. Other than the son they share, her ex-husband left barely a ripple in her life. A great new guy tempts her to believe maybe the second time’s the charm…but how can she trust herself to recognize true love?
As their bonds of friendship deepen against the beautiful backdrop of Mischief Bay, Gabby, Hayley and Nicole will rely on good food, good wine and especially each other to navigate life’s toughest changes.
What I thought – A typical girly friend book, but I really enjoyed it. The characters are all pretty well written out as well as their stories. They bounced around frequently over an amount of time that didn’t make you feel like you were missing anything.
Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley – Two sisters share the surprising highs and cringe-worthy lows of social media fame, when their most private thoughts become incredibly public in this fresh and funny debut novel.
Sisters Cassie and Sid Sunday have not done a bang-up job of keeping in touch. In their defense, it hasn’t been easy: life veered in sharply different directions for the once-close sisters. Today, beautiful and big-hearted Sid lives an expat’s life of leisure in far-off Singapore, while harried, iPhone-clutching Cassie can’t seem to make it work as a wife and a mom to twin toddlers in Manhattan.
It doesn’t help that Sid spurns all social media while Cassie is addicted to Facebook. So when Sid issues a challenge to reconnect the old-fashioned way—through real, handwritten letters—Cassie figures, why not?
The experiment exceeds both of their expectations, and the letters become a kind of mutual confessional that have real and soul-satisfying effects. And they just might have the power to help Cassie save her marriage, and give Sid the strength to get her life back on track.
But first, one of Cassie’s infamous lapses in judgment comes back to bite her, and all of the letters wind up the one place you’d never, ever want to see them: the Internet…
What I thought: This was a cute story, kind of predictable. I loved the idea of a pen pal type thing and I think that would be fun to do with some of my internet friends just for a change of pace…hmm…
A Game For All the Family by Sophie Hannah – Justine thought she knew who she was, until an anonymous caller seemed to know better…
After fleeing London and a career that nearly destroyed her, Justine Merrison plans to spend her days doing as little as possible. But soon after the move, her daughter Ellen starts to seem strangely withdrawn. Checking Ellen’s homework one day, Justine finds herself reading a chillingly articulate story about a series of sinister murders committed at the family’s new house. Can Ellen really have made all this up, as she claims? Why would she invent something so grotesque, set it in her own home and name one of the characters after herself? When Justine discovers that Ellen has probably also invented her best friend at school, who appears not to be known to any of the teachers, Justine’s alarm turns to panic.
Then the anonymous phone calls start: a stranger, making accusations and threats that suggest she and Justine share a traumatic past – yet Justine doesn’t recognise her voice. When the caller starts to talk about three graves – two big ones and a smaller one for a child – Justine fears for her family’s safety. If the police can’t help, she’ll have to confront the danger herself, but first she must work out who she’s supposed to be…
What I thought: Well, ok…I enjoyed how the story was told! It wasn’t a bad book it just had a lot of odd things about it. I am glad I read it…
Basher Five-Two by Captain Scott O’Grady with Michael French – U.S. Air Force Captain Scott O’Grady was shot down in his F-16 over Bosnia while helping to keep the peace. The plane exploded, and Captain O’Grady fell 5 miles to the ground below. In exciting detail, Captain O’Grady tells how he evaded capture and how, with little water and no food, he was able to survive on his own in enemy territory.
What I thought: This is another book we read for school. I thought it was a great story and interesting to read. It was a very quick book…
Eragon by Christopher Paolini – One boy. One dragon. A world of adventure.
When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.
Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.
Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands.
What I thought: I am glad we read this! I had seen the movie ages ago but had never read the book. I loved the book! I think the kids all want to know what happens. Ryan has already gotten the audio book and I think Lauren wants to get the next book at the library. I thought it was well written and yay, by a homeschooler.. 😀
Ok, see, I read a lot for thinking that I didn’t, lol. If you have any favorite books that you have read lately, let me know, but like I said I am taking a break from the library and reading what I have here, but I will totally put it on a list for the future! 🙂