Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Summer Reading Update 8/17

YA Books for School
NightJohn by Gary Paulsen

YA Books for Fun
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
Gunnerkrigg Court vol 2: Reserach by Thomas Siddell (GN/Webcomic)
Keesha's House by Helen Frost
Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Burk
The Battle of Jericho by Sharon M. Draper
Take by Edward Bloor
Gone From These Woods by Donny Bailey Seagraves
Frenchtown Summer by Robert Cormier
Absolutely Normal Chaos by Sharon Creech
Whirligig by Paul Fleischman
The Misfits by James Howe
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings

Grown-up Books for Fun
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo
The Hungry Ocean by Linda Greenlaw

I enjoyed all of these books immensely. I think if I had to point out some favorites they would be:
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane- it reminded me of The Velveteen Rabbit, which was always a favorite.

Gunnerkrigg Court- such an amazing story and the art work is beautiful.

Peace, Locomotion- I love Jacqueline Woodson's writing and I fell in love with Lonnie Collins Motion in Locomotion. I have grown to love novels in verse as well.

Fried Green Tomatoes- I LOVED the movie and decided after rewatching recently that I needed to read the book. I was not at all disappointed. I still love the movie, and I loved the book.

The Hungry Ocean- Linda Greenlaw is one of my new favorite authors. She is from Maine, is a woman swordfish captain, and an amazing writer. I'm looking forward to reading more of her books (I'm delighted that she has more, including a couple of mystery novels- I love mystery!) I learned a lot about the finishing industry. Linda has an amazing ability to explain the technicalities of off shoring fishing and captaining a boat without loosing the reader.

Red Kayak- Intense, believable characters with a strong message.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! That's a lot of reading!!! I liked the Edward Tulane book too; I still remember bits and pieces even thought it's been a couple of years. I just finished Deadline by Randy Alcorn - very thought provoking. I'll bring it in if you'd like it.