Thursday, August 11, 2016

When You Reach Me

When You Reach MeWhen You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Re-read this out loud to my family. Still 5 stars from me!

My prior review can be found here.

Inside Out & Back Again

Inside Out & Back AgainInside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Semi-autobiographical free verse novel about a refugee from the Vietnam War. Very timely and very good.

Heart of a Shepherd

Heart of a ShepherdHeart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A sweet, touching story.

The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only IvanThe One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My 12 year old has been begging me to read this all year. I loved it as much as he did.

We Were Liars

We Were LiarsWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Perfect summer read for those that enjoy the mystery associated with unreliable narrators and plot twists.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Devil's Cub

Devil's Cub (Alastair, #2)Devil's Cub by Georgette Heyer
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Completely over-the-top, even for Heyer. But this had me laughing out loud and happily entertained.

Longitude

Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His TimeLongitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I knew a basic sketch about John Harrison from studying him with my kids, but this wowed me from start to finish.

Where She Went

Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)Where She Went by Gayle Forman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Perfect beach read. Read it in one day, the same as If I Stay.


The Island at the Center of the World

The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped AmericaThe Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America by Russell Shorto
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was recommended to me by a fantastic NYC walking tour guide and for good reason. It's a time and place in history that Americans often skip over, but it actually influences our lives everyday. It's fascinating that so much of it has only come to light in the last few decades.

Six of Crows

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Really slow-going at the beginning, but action packed at the end. Hated that more wasn't resolved, but I don't think I will pick up future installments of this series.