August, Oh August please be different. I need more days of reading in my lovely orange hammock. More days hanging with my soon-to-start-9th grade student. I need a few more pool days and hanging with friends days...
I did do a lot of reading in July. Vacation helped. Plus I participated in my first ever readathon-#24in48 sponsored by @Litsy. Just by chance I had that weekend free of children and husband so I literally sat around the house and read.
My July books:
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy (2013): Great. Total sci-fi, aliens, and a large space ship. Kept me totally enthralled and a little freaked out.
Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein (2016): So totally fun! I want to figure a way to make a library olympics to start off the new school year. The second book to Mr. Lemoncello's Library, a series filled with the love of reading.
One Second After by William R. Forstchen (2009): July book club choice. Very interesting look at how we would handle a major crisis in the US. Centered on Black Mountain and Asheville, NC which was cool because I was right there while reading it. I didn't agree with his one-sided military viewpoint but definitely lots to think about.
Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper (2015): Good basic story about Stella's father standing up for his right to vote and how the Klan doesn't appreciate that kind of thing. I liked the story but was unhappy with the ending. Too quick with no resolution; just another day.
New Kid by Tim Green (2014): This was suspensful but like Stella left me wanting for a much better ending. This kid should have stayed with his coach and stopped running with his dad.
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk (2016): Recently at Dragonfly Books in Decorah the owner talked me into buying this one. She simple said "It's the best book I've read this year." I thought so too. A simple yet complex story that shows how our prejudice often gets the better of some of us. Timely for today as well. I feel like this is a book I could read again.
I read a lot of elementary fiction this month. I'm trying to make it down my list of titles for Iowa Children's Choice Award choices for next year so I will be ready to vote. If I added the book cover-it's one you should pick up and read. Enjoy!