Saturday, July 28, 2012

Book #18 and 19 of 2012-Done!

The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate, is a beautifully written book that I read for my Summer School Intervention. It is based on the true story of a real gorilla in the Zoo Atlanta. According to the publisher, this book is appropriate for children ages 8-12. Although some of the material is way over the head of most children, it is one you should read aloud to your children. Another suggestion I have that is a wonderful read-aloud is The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. I read it to my students every year. It is the story of a toy rabbit who learns what's really important through loss. Impeccably written by Ms. DiCamillo, who is an amazing writer. I strongly suggest both for classroom reading. I dare you not to cry in either book! MUST BUY for both books.

In the Bag, by Kate Klise, was a gift from the FABULOUS Liz and Lisa over at Chick Lit is Not Dead. I hope you will follow their blog for your own chance to win books such as this one. In the Bag is a story about two parents, and their teenagers whose paths cross multiple times. There's a bag mix-up, and the story that ensues is wonderfully written. It was a quick read, and the story line is engaging enough to keep you up late nights just to see what happens to Daisy and Andrew. It truly makes you want to grab a bag, and go travel. This is Kate Klise's first adult novel, and I would say it is very well-done. I'd say Buy it if you are in the market for a paperback, otherwise it is definitely a check-it-out. Well, that's it for now, folks. It's almost back to school time, so I wish you all a blessed weekend. See you back here soon.


Friday, July 13, 2012

Book #17 of 2012-Done!

Wow! First off, I rarely suggest that you go out and buy a book, and most of the time, I think supporting your public library is the way to go. But... GO BUY THIS BOOK! Please, do yourself a favor, and buy this book. It was so wonderful. Delightful. I am floored that this was a DEBUT novel. I mean, who writes like this on their first shot out of the gates? Such a heart-warming and soul satisfying read. The story follows the main character, Ellen, through her life's journey. From a deeply religious family, she has a difficult time navigating when her life gets turned upside-down. So many things reminded me of my own mother. When life gets tough (like, real nitty gritty tough) she always encouraged "trust in the Lord honey", "say your prayers." I only wish I had been blessed with an ounce of her grace. I literally read 200 pages just today. A huge shout-out to my sister-in-law who took my kids today. I am sure she was thinking I would be productive, and do something like clean, run errands, buy the K cups I need (or I won't have coffee tomorrow). Instead, I devoured this book, and I am so glad I did. I am blessed. Loved it!! 

I am starting a new category with my book reviews: Check-it-out(like library style), Buy it, or Skip it.
Can I get an Amen get a: Buy it!

In addition, I have to thank (profusely) Stephanie from Booking with Manic for my copy. If you want the insiders scoop to great new books like this one, you must follow her site. 

Much love, 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Book #16 of 2012-Done!

You must know that I am a huge Kristin Hannah fan after reading Night Road. It was the first of her books that I had ever read (I know! Way behind), and I was an insta-fan! This book was also a delight to read. It deals with very heavy stuff, that I could never relate to as I have no relation to anyone in the armed forces. For anyone who has had anyone serve, or is currently serving in the military-I salute you. What an incredibly tough job. This book is honest, and true to the journey a family takes when someone goes off to war. It was a tragic story. The evidence-I cried during gymnastics class after a very concerted effort to distract myself. It was to no avail. I cried because I was thankful that someone has the courage to fight for my freedom, and that I am negligent to what happens when they return. I can honestly tell you that I have a new-found appreciation and respect for our military. That's not to say I didn't appreciate them before, I just realized there is a whole new world for them when they come back. A world that is not always so kind to them. I hope you will read this one.