Reflection on Summer Reading!
I hope everyone had a great summer and read some really wonderful books. I spent the summer reading some excellent books that I have included in my September Picks. These books were so great that have already been checked out so I am over the moon with excitement for our upcoming book clubs.
My first pick is “When A Monster Calls” by Patrick Ness, which is written in semi graphic novel style and features a main character torn apart by his mother’s illness. This sweeping story offers readers insight into the grief process and how this process affects young people in a very gripping way. Since this book is already in production as a feature film, reading the book first is a must.
My next pick was “The War That Saved My Life” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and is set in English during the Second World War. The main character in this book has a disability which impacted her ability to walk and to see the outside world. Her mother’s treatment of her made the character so real and you begin to really empathize for her and hope that change was going to happen soon. This page turner is a great book for anyone who likes the time period and novels with complex and interesting characters.
My last pick for the summer was “Echo” by Pam Munoz Ryan, which is also set in during the Second World War but offer a bit of whimsy and mystery. The plot moves from 3 sisters who are trapped in a harmonica to the rise of the Hitler youth and post-Depression America. With rich description and an engaging plot, this novel set the tone for what a great hybrid book could be for readers of any age. The end was somewhat like a cliffhanger and I am hoping for book #2 if this becomes a series. (hint, hint)
With summer over, my wish listed book list has grown longer and my next reads “A Torch Against the Night” by Sabaa Tahir and “The Marvels” by Brian Selznick are going to be a part of next month’s featured books. Looking forward to adding new books to my list and featuring them in the months to come.