I spent all week reading the most amazing book. It slowed down my reading, but it was worth it.
This Orq. (he cave boy.) by David Elliott
I've had this book marked as to-read in my Goodreads file since August 23. I've probably been on hold for it at the library since sometime in October. It finally came in! It was worth the wait, as I found myself laughing out loud several times.
Definitely the precursor to all of the "I want a dog/cat/iguana/pet" stories that we've read! Loved this spin. The beautiful illustrations by Lori Nichols (Maple) made me appreciate the story even more.
A Wonderful Year by Nick Bruel
Love the winter story. I know exactly the feeling, how long it takes to pull ALL that winter gear on! I laughed out loud to that one.
The fall story was sweet and elicited a little, "awwww" out of me.
The spring and summer story fell very very flat. Not impressed at all.
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
You can read this review if you want, or you could just run out immediately and get this book.
This book has been compared to The Fault in our Stars, but in my opinion, it's no where near. I know many people have immense love for TFIOS, but I never did. What bothered me the most was the way the two teenagers spoke to each other - in this deep philosophical manner. I don't know teenagers who do that. This book had authentic kids, going through really hard times that kids should not have to ever go through or deal with. The story of Finch and Violet pull you in. You feel hope, but you also feel their despair.
Niven has written about hard subjects - suicide and mental illness. What I appreciated the most was her ability to write about these topics yet keep it authentic for her audience.
This book pulls you in and doesn't release you until the last page. Actually, scratch that, it hasn't released me yet.
I loved this part, "What if life could be this way? Only the happy parts, none of the terrible, not even the mildly unpleasant. What if we could just cut out the bad and keep the good?"
"The thing I realize is that it's not what you take, it's what you leave."
Green glass House
Stella By Starlight
What are you reading? Did you read All the Bright Places? What were your thoughts and reactions?