What I read in October

My Goodreads.com goal for 2015 was to read 60 books. I have now read 59. Granted, quite a few were small ones that we read in school. I may up my goal and that is what I am contemplating at the moment.. We are almost done with school so there really won’t be any more small books that I am reading. I will think about it! How are you doing with your goal? 🙂

Anyway, here is what I read in October!

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Language Arts by Stephanie Kallos – Charles Marlow teaches his high school English students that language will expand their worlds. But linguistic precision cannot help him connect with his autistic son, or with his ex-wife, who abandoned their shared life years before, or even with his college-bound daughter who has just flown the nest. He’s at the end of a road he’s traveled on autopilot for years when a series of events forces him to think back on the lifetime of decisions and indecisions that have brought him to this point. With the help of an ambitious art student, an Italian-speaking nun, and the memory of a boy in a white suit who inscribed his childhood with both solace and sorrow, Charles may finally be able to rewrite the script of his life.

What I thought: I liked the story line. It went back and forth between the past and the current and it was almost dizzying. I didn’t care for the ending all that much. The book was ok…

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Nobody’s Cuter Than You by Melanie Shankle – There is nothing as precious in life as a friend who knows you and loves you in spite of yourself. Yet over the last couple of decades, we’ve substituted the joy of real friendship with cheap imitations. We settle for “community” on Facebook and Twitter and a series of text messages that allow us to communicate with someone without the commitment. We like each other’s beautifully filtered photos on Instagram and delude ourselves into believing we have a community. But real friendship requires effort. It’s showing up, laughing loud, and crying hard. It’s forgiving and loving and giving the benefit of the doubt. It’s making a casserole, doing a carpool pickup, and making sure she knows those cute shoes are 50 percent off. Written in the same comedic style as the “New York Times” bestsellers “Sparkly Green Earrings” and “The Antelope in the Living Room,” “Nobody’s Cuter than You” is a laugh-out-loud look at the special bond that exists between friends and a poignant celebration of all the extraordinary people God had the good sense to bring into our lives at exactly the right moments. From the friendships we develop over a lifetime to the ones that wounded us and the ones that taught us to love better, Melanie Shankle reveals the influence our friends have on who we were, who we are, and who we will become. And on a day when our jeans feel too tight, our chins have decided to embrace hormone-related acne reminiscent of our teen years, and our kids have tested the limits of our sanity, they are the ones who will look at us and say, “Nobody’s cuter than you!”

What I thought: Wow.. I loved this book. Made me miss the whole ‘friend’ thing. I don’t have anyone like how the author has someone. :sigh: But it was a great story and I loved reading it.

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Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee – Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch–“Scout”–returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in a painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past–a journey that can be guided only by one’s conscience.

Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor and effortless precision–a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context and new meaning to an American classic.

What I thought: I just didn’t like the book at all. It seems like I hear a lot of either loving it or hating it. I went in with an open mind but it just didn’t work for me..

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Infandous by Elana K. Arnold – “Once there was a mermaid who dared to love a wolf. Her love for him was so sudden and so fierce that it tore her tail into legs.”
Sephora Golding lives in the shadow of her unbelievably beautiful mother. Even though they scrape by in the seedier part of Venice Beach, she’s always felt lucky. As a child, she imagined she was a minor but beloved character in her mother’s fairy tale. But now, at sixteen, the fairy tale is less Disney and more Grimm. And she wants the story to be her own.
Then she meets Felix, and the fairy tale takes a turn she never imagined.
“Things don’t really turn out the way they do in fairy tales. I’m telling you that right up front, so you’re not disappointed later.”
Sometimes, a story is just a way to hide the unspeakable in plain sight.

What I thought: I enjoyed the writing.. The story line was ok. The characters were interesting.. It just was an ok book.

Katy by Mary Evelyn Notgrass – Katy Porter likes to climb trees, play with her sister, and ride bikes with her brother. The Porters are a close family. They are brought even closer through a family vacation, a surprise in the middle of the night, and an important decision that will affect them all.

Katy is enjoying her summer break from school when her parents tell her that they are thinking about homeschooling in the fall. Katy likes being an average girl and is afraid that being homeschooled will make her too different from everyone else.

Katy’s parents will have to decide soon. This summer could bring a big change for the Porter family. Whatever they decide, it has already brought a big change in Katy’s heart, for she is learning that being different is okay after all.

Katy is a pure story of strong character, simple faith, and a loving family.

What I thought: I liked this little book. The little stories were cute and made us all laugh a few times. It was definitely a younger book, but we enjoyed it..

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Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer – Sixteen-year-old Delilah is finally united with Oliver—a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale. There are, however, complications now that Oliver has been able to enter the real world. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to take Oliver’s role in Delilah’s favorite book. In this multilayered universe, the line between what is on the page and what is possible is blurred, but all must be resolved for the characters to live happily ever after. Includes twelve full-color illustrations, and black-and-white decorations throughout.

What I thought: This is a companion to Between the Lines that I read a while ago. I liked the storyline even though it was quite unbelievable..but that was the fun of it. I liked the characters.. It was cute.

That’s it! That’s what I read in October. What did you read that you loved? 🙂

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