June:Swamplandia by Karen Russell: Didn't love it as much as I thought I should, it felt disjointed and for such an odd story I really needed to love the characters. I didn't.
The Detective's Assistant by Kate Hannigan: Interesting read for middle schoolers, holes in the plot though but kids probably won't notice.
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult: One of my top reads this summer; an out-of-the-box story for Picoult. She's an excellent writer but her books fall into a pattern, this one didn't. I loved the characters, loved the plot, and the mash-up, alternating point-of-view chapters. Thank you.
How to speak dolphin by Ginny Rorby: Good story about a girl who fights for her autistic half brother after her mother dies. Elementary girls will love it. And it does bring something to think about to the table: what animals experience in captivity even in what we think might be safe environments. Food for thought.
A game of thrones by George R.R. Martin: Yes, he is wordy but the story is a great fantasy. I don't know for sure if I'll read anymore than this first one because my favorite characters will surely die in the next one or the next one but I liked this one and it kept me turning pages in DC. I can say I've read it.
The fourteenth Goldfish by Jenni Holm: I love this author and this book was okay but a bit contrived. The science idea is great though and will appeal to many young girls and boys.
The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin: A mystery set in the 1830s in Istanbul featuring Yashim, a eunuch. I liked the writing but I'm not sure I understood all of it. I read it for book club.
The Glass Kitchen by Linda Francis Lee: I won this a few years ago and it's been on my coffee table waiting for me to pick it up. I did and it was entertaining which made it a perfect summer read. Portia has the gift of knowing and it comes through visions of food. The gift has been passed down from her grandmother, who owned the original Glass Kitchen in TX, and her granddaughters attempt to recreate that magic in NYC. It's a little kitchy, the romance is a little too perfect, but it was a fun read. I'm glad Portia was able to save them all.
And now I'm reading All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr for our August book club selection-I like it so far.