– What I’m currently reading
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Several people recommended this book to me and I finally got it from the library. It’s interesting so far, but I keep thinking I know how it will end, and I hope this is not the way. One thing that bugs me so far, because I find it completely unrealistic, is how Amy writes in her personal diary. I can’t think of anyone writing pages and pages and pages in their own diary to narrate everyday events, describing every single detail. Sure, it makes for a more detailed narrative, but it’s not how someone in their 30s would write, is it? I thought only teenage girls did that. If you read this book, please tell me if that bugged you too.
– What I recently finished reading
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I really liked this book and I’m not sure what to say about it, for fear of giving some of the story away. My only advice is, stick to it. You may find the beginning a little hard to read and understand, because of the way it’s narrated. But as you go on, you’ll understand why and by the end, you’ll realize how brilliant this story is and you’ll want to read it again. There haven’t been many fiction books about British women who actively took part in the WWII effort and I praise this book for giving those brave women a face. Read this book, you won’t be disappointed.
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage, a 2012 Newbery honor winner and New York Times bestseller. I picked this book because it won a Newbury award and I wasn’t disappointed. For a couple of days, I was transported to a tiny town in North Carolina and I enjoyed every moment spent with Mo and her best friend Dale. This murder mystery had me guess until the very end and I loved Mo’s spunk and determination to uncover the truth. I recommend this book to anyone looking for an entertaining and fun story, from age 10 to 99.
– What I think I’ll read next
Tripwire by Lee Child, the third in the Jack Reacher series. I can’t wait!
My kids’ bookshelf
– What they’re currently reading
The Lunch Lady series by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Disclaimer: I’ve flipped through the books but I haven’t sat down to read them one by one. My six-year old has read all of them though, and then he read them again. And again. And he laughed every time. He shared some of the funny pictures and text with me. Did I mention he’s read these books several times already? This lunch lady, who happens to be a secret agent with some interesting weapons (fish-stick nunchucks, anyone?), will make you wonder the next time you see a food worker who they really might be…
– What they recently finished reading
The Man in the Moon by William Joyce. After reading Joyce’s The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, I was intrigued to see what else he wrote. I found out he’s the author of The Guardians of Childhood books and is the co-author of the movie Rise of the Guardians. Joyce actually wrote The Man in the Moon after the other books in the series. He mentioned him in the various books but didn’t tell his personal story until this book. And what a story it is! I loved it and my boys did too. Whether you’re five years old or 55, you should read these books as a treat to yourself!
The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie by William Joyce. In this simply magical book, William Joyce explains how the Man in the Moon recruited the Sandman to help him protect the children from having nightmares in their sleep. Joyce wrote the words and illustrated the book and you can’t close the book without thinking the guy is a genius.
– What I think they’ll read next
I don’t know but I’m sure it will be good stuff. What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?
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