I was gone on vacation for the previous 2 Wednesday's so I have a few books to share with you all!
First, I am STILL reading The Goldfinch. It's VERY long and I got sidetracked on vacation, the title expire from my Overdrive Account, so I had to put it back on hold, and it just recently became available again. But while I was gone I read 4 books!! 1 adult, and 3 kids.
So, what did I read?
Reconstructing Amelia is like Mean Girls on steroids. From the publisher: "Kate's in the middle of the biggest meeting of her career when she gets the telephone call from Grace Hall, her daughter’s exclusive private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Amelia has been suspended, effective immediately, and Kate must come get her daughter—now. But Kate’s stress over leaving work quickly turns to panic when she arrives at the school and finds it surrounded by police officers, fire trucks, and an ambulance. By then it’s already too late for Amelia. And for Kate. An academic overachiever despondent over getting caught cheating has jumped to her death. At least that’s the story Grace Hall tells Kate. And clouded as she is by her guilt and grief, it is the one she forces herself to believe. Until she gets an anonymous text: She didn’t jump. Reconstructing Amelia is about secret first loves, old friendships, and an all-girls club steeped in tradition. But, most of all, it’s the story of how far a mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she couldn’t save." So what did I think?? It was good. Not great. I did predict pretty early on the relationship between Amelia and one of the Maggie's. The mystery of what really happened to Amelia did surprise me a little bit. Overall, I think some more of the story could have been developed, but I'd recommend the book as a good beach/vacation read.
The next 3 books were all kid books. One was a CLASSIC and although Haley and I had read it in the past, Ella and Ronin had not, and I don't believe that their father had ever read it either, and we all LOVED it!!
You really can't go wrong with Roald Dahl, and since this book has been adapted into TWO great movies, I don't think I really need to explain the premise too much, though there are some scenes in the book that don't appear in the movie, and vice versa.
Next up was one that Haley read last year and she really wanted the rest of the family to read it too. She actually went as far to say that it is her FAVORITE book EVER!
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes is the utterly beguiling tale of a blind 10-year-old orphan who has been schooled in a life of thievery. One fateful afternoon, he steals a box from a mysterious traveling haberdasher—a box that contains three pairs of magical eyes. When he tries the first pair, he is instantly transported to a hidden island, where he is presented with a special quest: to travel to the dangerous Vanished Kingdom and rescue a people in need. Along with his loyal sidekick—a knight who has been turned into an unfortunate combination of horse and cat—and the magic eyes, he embarks on an unforgettable, swashbuckling adventure to discover his true destiny.
This story was SO GOOD! And it had GREAT vocabulary in it, so the kids learned a lot of new words! It kept us hooked for HOURS. I can see why Haley loved it so much.
And lastly, we read The 39 Clues: Doublecross Book 1: Mission Titanic
Eh, this book was okay. It's kid adventure. It kept the trio entertained, but it didn't hook them to want to read any of the other 39 clues in this series. In a nutshell seventeen years old, Ian Kabra is head of the Cahills, the most powerful family in the world. He has presidents on speed dial, generals at his beck and call. Ian knows he’s an ideal leader and the only man enough for the job. There’s just one small problem: He’s already messed up big-time.
A Cahill from the past calling himself the Outcast has risen to challenge Ian with an impossible test. The Outcast has re-created four of history’s greatest disasters and dared Ian to stop him. If Ian and his allies can’t decipher the Outcast’s hints in time, innocent people will die. Ian’s only chance to beat the Outcast is to track down his former allies, Amy and Dan. But finding Amy and Dan will demand from Ian an impossible sacrifice.
And there you have it. What I read the past two weeks. Next week, I hope to finally be finished with The Goldfinch and on to something else!
What are you reading??