January kind of seemed a little long but went pretty fast. I am not sure how that happened. The year is going slower than I thought for books, but thankfully we are reading a lot of school books this year that should help. Here is what I read in January!
Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson –
Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried. When she doesn’t show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn’t just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. Not after last year’s rumors and not with her grades on the line. Now Claudia needs her best—and only—friend more than ever. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help.
As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone?
What I thought: There was so much that I loved about this book, but it just kind went eh at the end. The writing throughout was great!
Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl –
Once upon a time, back at Darrow-Harker School, Beatrice Hartley and her five best friends were the cool kids, the beautiful ones. Then the shocking death of Jim – their creative genius and Beatrice’s boyfriend – changed everything.
One year after graduation, Beatrice is returning to Wincroft – the seaside estate where they spent so many nights sharing secrets, crushes, plans to change the world – hoping she’ll get to the bottom of the dark questions gnawing at her about Jim’s death.
But as the night plays out in a haze of stilted jokes and unfathomable silence, Beatrice senses she’s never going to know what really happened.
Then a mysterious man knocks on the door. Blithely, he announces the impossible: time for them has become stuck, snagged on a splinter that can only be removed if the former friends make the harshest of decisions.
Now Beatrice has one last shot at answers… and at life.
And so begins the Neverworld Wake.
What I thought: This was an interesting book in the way it was told. Bits of it were slow but I still enjoyed reading it. I could see it embellished in a movie or something…
Puddin’ by Julie Murphy –
It is a companion novel to Dumplin’, which follows supporting characters from the first book in the months after Willowdean’s star turn in the Clover City pageant.
Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream—and to kiss her crush. Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. But when it comes to other girls, she’s more frenemy than friend. When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they will surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing they might have more in common than they ever imagined.
What I thought: This was a book that goes with Dumplin’, but I haven’t read that one. I might have to look for it at the library next time. I thought this was cute. It wasn’t crazy exciting or anything, but definitely cute…
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness –
Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.
But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?
What I thought: I had read this a couple years ago or so and it was great to read it again. The writing was great and you can totally get a feel of how they are, even with the misspelled words and all of the ‘noisy’ pages. I heard it is eventually going to be a movie, it keeps getting pushed back, so who knows when. I would go see it to see how they play it out…
So, that’s what I read in January! February is a short month, but we should be finishing a couple extra school books, so look for those! Let me know if you have any favorites!