Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly Sunday Post link-up, and Deb at ReaderBuzz is expanding Sunday Salon from a FB group to a link-up as well.
What I Read: 8 books
I'm still about a week behind in my summer book-a-day project, but I read a graphic novel and some middle grade novels this week, so I finished a good number of books. A lot of 4.5 star reads too, meaning they were really, really good, but not quite full-on favorites that I'll remember forever.
- Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World is a sweet story about a girl whose home is destroyed in a hurricane, but even worse, her book of drawings of girls holding hands also goes missing. I just wish I could see the lovingly described art she creates.
- Brave Face is author Shaun David Hutchinson's memoir about dealing with depression and with coming out, first to himself and then to the world. It's very good, and brutally honest. A lot of teens today (but not all, I'm sure, especially outside of certain geographic bubbles) would scoff at the idea that one wouldn't realize one was gay until the age of 17, but homophobia was so deeply entrenched even 20 years ago, and I have more than one contemporary that couldn't figure out what was going on until college or even later.
- The Wendy Project is a peculiar little graphic novel I read at the library. It's a Peter Pan inspired story about a girl named Wendy who crashes the car with her little brothers in it and can't work out if Michael died or went to Neverland.
- Suddenly Sixty is a book of light verse by Judith Viorst of Alexander and the Terrible, Awful, No Good, Very Bad Day fame. She's published a collection on the stages of life each decade since her thirties. (She's now up to nearly ninety.)
- Our House is an adult mystery/thriller that I saw on someone's blog last Sunday, I'm pretty sure. It's not particularly scary and not at all gory, much more of a mental game thing. Really fun.
- After Zero I read entirely based on AJ of Read All the Things! recommendation, and I'm glad I did. It's another middle grade novel where I was rooting fiercely for the protagonist.
- Shout is Laurie Halse Anderson's memoir in verse. I went in knowing it was about the experiences in her life that she pulled from to write Speak, but it's actually much more than that, including family trauma, a year in Denmark, and a section of opaque poetry I couldn't get into. Some sections were ***all the stars*** amazing, but some weren't.
- Station Eleven was arguably the best of the bunch. Post apocalyptic pandemic, overlapping characters, literary story telling. I think I had this one on my TBR because of AJ too. I happened to pick up a large print version at the library, which worked out well when I had insomnia the other night and was reading it at 3 am with my weary eyes.
What I'm Reading/What's Next
A friend just gave me the newest Liane Moriarty book, so I will probably read that soon. I also want to knock out another bingo square or two, possibly double-dipping with a classic or Printz winner.
- It's really all one giant thing. My husband and a group of friends secretly planned a weekend at Mt. Hood in honor of my upcoming 50th birthday.
- My daughter and I took a great little hike before we went to the cabin.
- While there, we ate, talked, drank, went in the hot tub, read, played games, took a forest walk, loved on my friends' pony-sized English Mastiff puppy, played cornhole, did crafts, and laughed and laughed and laughed.
It's looking like it's going to be a great summer, and I hope yours is as well. Stay tuned next week for blogiversary nonsense.