Yikes . . . this new format his freaky!
So, I've been stuck in the Oct. thread and just noticed we're in November. Yes, things have been super busy as I tried to finish up my new book and get to agent. Anyway, just read this one:
Second Hand Heart by Catherine Ryan Hyde
This one was released only in the UK but I got a copy thanks to a blog contest. Interesting premise: a woman dies in a car accident and her heart is donated to a 19-year-old girl. The girl begins to have memories from the donor and falls in love with the donor's husband. The story is told from the alternating perspectives of the girl and the husband. I really enjoyed it. Hyde is a such a good writer; I was drawn in from the first page.
She's the Pay It Forward woman, eh? Do you know why it was only published in the UK?
Nature Girl by Jane Kelley
Loved this middle-grade novel about an eleven-year-old girl stuck in Vermont for the summer--no Internet, no cell phone, and worst of all her best friend cancelled at the last minute. Unfortunately, Megan does not take to Vermont very well. She refuses to participate in "art time" or appreciate the beauty of the country. Basically she is a big pill -- even to her friend who only cancelled because her mom's cancer treatments were not going well. When Megan gets lost during a hike and ends up on the Appalachian Trial, she decides she will walk to Massachusetts to be with her friend. After all, it's only 30 miles or so. She figured she'd make it by nightfall . . . Not quite. But she does have quite an adventure and learns something about herself too. I loved the voice of the character, loved the story, and had quite a few laughs. I'll definitely be recommending this to my daughters and my elementary school students.
Put it on hold, after reading this.
I have this one out -- maybe Fiona and I will read it next.
Sacred Games, Chandra
This is a long, dense book -- I don't know that I've spent this long with a book in years. It's multilayered, rich, and altogether fascinating and beautifully written. I'm very glad that I stuck with it.
I saw this author speak and it was fun.
A Whole Nother Story by Dr. Cuthbert Soup
Fun read in the same style as Series of Unfortunate Events (in fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Lemony Snickett and Dr. Cuthbert Soup were one and the same). In this book, the Cheeseman family is on the run from government agents, spies, and evil corporations who are want to get their hands on Mr. Cheeseman's latest invention.
I loved this one, too.
DD and I just finished What Happened on Fox Street by Tricia Springstubb. It was okay. . . DD says "I liked it a lot."
I agree that this new format feels very different!