I’ve recently read a vast array of book reviews. At first I was planning on keeping this short but I ended up adding more titles. My list keeps growing as I’m sure yours constantly does. Here are more to add to your list! Sorry, as the old saying goes, “so many books, too little time.” My Kindle 2 seems to be getting heavier each time I download a title or add one to my “Wish List!” Next week I will share what I have on my “wish list” for the summer.
There are several categories to choose, adult, young adult, middle-grade, and primary readers. Read the reviews found at http://www.goodreads.com and then either download them onto your favorite e-book (mine being the Amazon Kindle 2), purchase from your favorite bookstore, or patronize your local public library.
Jeremy Draws a Monster, by Peter McCarty – A delightful story of young Jeremy, the monster he draws, and the demands of said monster! The story is simply enjoyable. It’s reminiscent of Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson.
Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I don’t), by Barbara Bottner and illustrated by Michael Emberley – This story is for all librarians who have spent time with that one particular child who had a difficult time finding just the right book.
Best Friends Forever: A World War II Scrapbook, by Beverly Patt – A fictional account of two friends Dottie and Louise who are separated when Dottie and her family are sent to live in a Japanese internment camp.
The Birthday Ball, by Lois Lowry – Lowry’s reputation as an excellent storyteller hits the mark again in this romantic fairy tale for middle grade readers. Introducing, Princess Patricia Priscilla!
The Last Best Days of Summer, by Valerie Hobbs – What every young girl attempts to emulate, a teen fashion magazine! Lucy and Megan decide to adhere to the fashion tips suggested by Seventeen magazine hoping it will project them into the popular group.
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg, by Rodman Philbrick – A Newbery Honor Book for 2010. Homer’s older brother is sold illegally into the Union Army. Homer is on a quest to bring his brother home. Homer has been compared by some to the likes of, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Need I say more?
No Moon, by Irene N. Watts – Girls as well as boys are fascinated by the history of the Titanic. This is the story of fourteen-old Louisa who travels with an English family which she works for, on the Titanic.
Books for Young Adults:
Ash, by Malinda Lo – William C. Morris YA Debut Award Nominee 2010. A fabulous twist of the classic fairy tale, Cinderella!
Dead in the Family, by Charlaine Harris – Another installment in the Sookie Stackhouse series! This is a favorite of Young Adults AND adults!
The Devil amongst the Lawyers, by Sharyn McCrumb – I’ve been a fan of McCrumb’s books for many years. She writes crime stories that take place in the South. This one looks to be just as good.
The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors, by Michele Young-Stone – What draws Becca and Buckley together? Buckley lost someone who was struck by lightning and Becca was struck by lightning.
Hold Still, by Nina LaCour – A William C. Morris YA Debut Award Nominee 2010. How does one deal and cope with life when someone’s best friend commits suicide? Caitlin must contend with the death of her best friend, Ingrid.
Prince of Mist, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – This is Zafon’s first Young Adult book. In a coastal village, the Carver children are haunted by a young boy who previously lived in their home.
The Rehearsal, by Eleanor Catton – I’ve read nothing but great things about Catton’s debut novel! It’s about a high school sex scandal and the repercussions when an area drama school turns it into a play. Catton was only 22 years old when she wrote this book – impressive!
The Sonderberg Case, by Eli Wiesel – With Wiesel as the author of this book it will be popular.
This World We Live In (Last Survivors #3), by Susan Beth Pfeffer – This is the third book which go along with: Life As We Knew It and The Dead and the Gone.
Backseat Saints, by Joshilyn Jackson – A few years ago I read her book, Gods in Alabama and thoroughly enjoyed it. This new book is about domestic violence and what one woman, Rose Mae Lolly, does to get out from under her predicament.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, by Steig Larsson – I’m a huge fan of the trilogy!
The Last Fix, by K.O. Dahl – Since I’ve read the Steig Larsson series, I’ve been discovering other Scandinavian authors to read similar to his. I think I’ve found one!
The Life of Irene Nemirovsky, by Olivier Philipponnat and Patrick Lienhardt. Tr. By Euan Cameron – I was so moved by Nemirovsky’s book, Suite Francaise , and the short biographical notes found at the end of the book. When I read the reviews for this book on her life I knew I would have to read it.
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson – Pettigrew is a widower living in an English village. Looks like a delightful story!
The Murder’s Daughter, by Randy Sue Meyers – A debut novel about family tragedy. It is a compelling story.
The Postmistress, by Sarah Blake – The lives of Frankie, Iris, and Emma become entangled during the 1940 with World War II as a backdrop.
Private Life, by Jane Smiley – I’ve loved her books since reading A Thousand Acres.
Remarkable Creatures, by Tracy Chevalier – Historical fiction + Tracy Chevalier= a great book to read!
Work Song, by Ivan Doig – Morrie Morgan was last seen in, The Whistling Season. Morgan is the focus of Doig’s newest book. I’m so happy Morrie is back because he was such a fun and slightly devious character to love!