In my opinion, books are the best accessory.
Thanks to: TeachMentorTexts and Unleashing Readers for the inspiration! Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the meme! I snuck in an adult book! I snuck in an adult book! Quite exciting. I am reading other books as well… but I was happy to try out my public library’s eBook downloading vs. the audiobook downloading. Couldn’t believe I hadn’t done this already. Hope everyone has had a fantastic time reading during the holiday!
This Journal Belongs to RATCHET by Nancy J. Cavanaugh – Realistic Fiction/Verse Novel – Touching book, adored reading how Ratchet/Rachel learned about herself and how she can control her life. Really enjoyed getting to know Rachet’s dad and his quirky lifestyle, once of my favorite parental stories I’ve read in a while… Goodreads Summary: “A debut middle grade novel about a girl named Ratchet and her quest to make a friend, save a park, and find her own definition of normal. Ratchet tells her story through the assignments in her homeschool journal. If only getting a new life were as easy as getting a new notebook. But it’s not. It’s the first day of school for all the kids in the neighborhood. But not for me. I’m homeschooled. That means nothing new. No new book bag, no new clothes, and no friends – old or new. The best I’ve got is this notebook. I’m supposed to use it for my writing assignments, but my dad never checks. Here’s what I’m really going to use it for: Ratchet’s Top Secret Plan, Project Goal: turn my old, recycled, freakish, friendless, motherless life into something shiny and new. This year, I’m going make something change.”
Graceling by Kristin Cashore – High School – Fantasy – I got lost in this book, ready to read the next book! Touching character development and fascinating world of fantasy Kristin Cashore created… I was lost in the different cultures, attitudes, ruling classes, and more. What an incredible adventure Katsa Goodreads Summary: “Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight – she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug. When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.
She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace – or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away…”
Quote I enjoyed reading: “And I suppose it never occurs to you to start small. If I told you my roof needed rebuilding, you’d start by knocking down the house.”
Austenland by Shannon Hale – could be high school/adult – I’ve meant to read this book for way too long. Since the movie will be available on DVD (hopefully Netflix) in early February, I wanted to enjoy the book… and I did quite a bit. Cute little romantic story with that Jane Austin feel set in present day… I was curious to see how the story concluded even though it was a little predictable, it was still quite a special novel. I just love books by Shannon Hale, it has been over a year since I read her book Forest Born and it was refreshing to hear her voice in a different format. Recommended. Goodreads Summary: “Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined.
Decked out in empire-waist gowns, Jane struggles to master Regency etiquette and flirts with gardeners and gentlemen;or maybe even, she suspects, with the actors who are playing them. It’s all a game, Jane knows. And yet the longer she stays, the more her insecurities seem to fall away, and the more she wonders: Is she about to kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own?”
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King – audiobook – High School – happy to listen to another book by A.S. King. Powerful book, another one where you wait until the end for the big reveal. Since I’ve read numerous books like this lately, I was concerned about whether I’d enjoy another one, but this author is brilliant, simply brilliant. Really enjoyed every minute of the listen. Goodreads Summary: “Vera’s spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she’s kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything. So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear his name? Does she even want to? Edgy and gripping, Please Ignore Vera Dietz is an unforgettable novel: smart, funny, dramatic, and always surprising.”
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber – Adult – Audiobook – When I mentioned to my husband I was going to read this, he gave me a look… I realized it was one of “those” stories that I missed reading while in college… there are loads of those books that I played catch-up with through the years, here’s another! Enjoyed the book overall, so quick and short, listened to it twice to make sure I didn’t miss anything plus I just enjoyed the concept. Looking forward to seeing the movie sometime. Goodreads Summary: “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a classic short story! This title features historical and illustrative photos, as well as brief author biography and insight story analysis.”
Dougal the Garbage Bear by Matt Dray –
I enjoyed how this book spun me off into parental book restrictions and librarians censoring books… Didn’t expect it with this cute little book about a bear who finds life after being dumped in the garbage bin!
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