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Summer means… READ MOAR BOOKS!

29 – Shadowlands by C.M. Gray
I believe this was supposed to be a story telling the tale of pre-king Arthur and etc.  I remember thinking that the story sounded interesting so I downloaded it, but I was just bored by the book. I only finished it to find the answers to some of my outstanding questions, but I wouldn’t suggest picking this book up.

30 – The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
I received a nice amount of Amazon gift cards from my class as an end of year present so I allowed myself the luxury of buying books that cost more than $1 (my usual spending limit). I really enjoyed this book. It was sweet and emotional and all that… but you probably know already because who hasn’t read this book?

31 – The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Endangered. This book was just so.incredibly.amazing.  A toddler, who’s family was murdered, wanders into a graveyard (while unknowingly is being pursued by the killer) and the ghosts vow to raise and protect the boy. The characters were so interesting and I loved the whole idea and premise of the story. Definitely read this one!

32 – The Bees by Laline Paull
Those who know me know that I have a small obsession with the bumblebee… it is my classroom theme and I have a tendency to fly away with bee puns. So when I came across this book on Amazon I couldn’t resist. It was a little tricky to get into at first, but once I was sufficiently wrapped up in the hive mind I just couldn’t put it down. The story centers around Flora, born a sanitation worker, but an anomaly in many ways. Flora moves through the bee society, learning and witnessing more than most, avoiding the fertility police, and hiding her own secrets as best she can. I loved how the author created this society for the bees, almost like a religious cult, a seemingly perfect place but with its own dark secrets. It has also inspired me to do a little bit of research on bees and their habits to see what exactly was true or does happen in hives. I really loved this one!

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Sweet Water by Christina Baker Kline – 26

I also read Orphan Train by this author, so when this one came up on bookbub I snagged it.  I was not disappointed.  I enjoyed the story… it was easy to get swept into.  The main character inherits a house in the south from her grandfather, whom she had extremely limited contact with.  She decides to live in the house instead of sell it, and along the way uncovers many family secrets.

As a side note, I was really surprised by the contents of the box – it made a lot of sense, realistically speaking, but I just thought that it would’ve been more since Clyde was so hell-bent on getting it.

Anyways, I would recommend this book as an easy-going read.

 

When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde – 27

Similarly to Sweet Water, I had read Don’t Let Me Go by this author and lovedlovedloved it, so I was drawn to this novel.  This story was somewhat different – a duck hunter discovered a newborn baby in the woods under a pile of leaves.  He rescues him, and many years later takes the boy – now an adolescent – under his wing.  I truly enjoyed this story as well.  I love the character flaws, and how things aren’t always perfect.  I have a tendency to dislike stories that are “too perfect.”  I’m not saying this book was 100% realistic, but it had enough to satisfy me.  Would recommend this as well.

 

Sanders’ Starfish by Tara C. Allred – 28

This book was not quite as good as the previous two.  A clinical psychologist in a private mental hospital is certain that something fishy is going on with the two doctors in charge.  They don’t seem to be letting a certain patient advance in her therapy to the point of leaving the hospital.

Maybe it’s because I read a book with a similar plot previously, or maybe this book was just too predictable, but I wasn’t thrilled by it.  It was interesting enough to read, but I wouldn’t go around telling everyone to get it.  The ending was too abrupt for me.  Realism wasn’t the issue in this book, more just that I felt it left me hanging – there was not enough falling action.  Oh well.  Still an easy and quick read 😉