Friday, August 29, 2014

The Sandman and the War of Dreams by William Joyce, 223 pages

This is the series that the movie Rise of the Guardians featuring Jack Frost was based on. It's different from the movie (aren't they all) but it's still been a really good read, entirely enjoyable. Not your normal juvenile fiction book, because it's darker than most, but well done.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Rules by Cynthia Lord, 200 pages

A good book about autism, family relationships (especially between siblings), and budding friendships.

The Secret History by Stephanie Thornton, 440 pages

I'd read an Egyptian historical fiction book by this author and saw she had also written this book. Because of how good the first books were, I decided to try another one. This book is set in sixth-century Constantinople, telling the story of a girl who rose from a plebian background, feeding her family on her back, rising to Empress. This author does a great job of writing wonderfully gripping female characters, and bringing history to life. I am eagerly awaiting her next book which will feature the women in Genghis Khan's family.

Blankets by Craig Thompson, 582 pages

This is one of the biggest graphic novels I've picked up, but it was a wonderful read. It follows a young man growing up in a small town, fighting against bullies and small-mindedness, while trying to reconcile his love of art and his love of God. Small town religion does not encourage those who are different, so it was not an easy ride. The artwork was superb and the storyline rang true. I especially loved the part about encountering popularity at church camp, I felt like so much of this story was my childhood. I'm almost afraid to pick up anything else by this author/cartoonist because I don't know if it would measure up. I think Lisa would love this book.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Traveling With Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor, 282 pages

Our Readers Without Borders August book. A mother/daughter look at women's changing roles as we age, from maiden, mother, crone and dealing with those changes. Not bad, not great.

SVU Broken Promises, Shattered Dreams by Laurie John, 232 pages

I'm another book closer to finishing this series. I may buckle down and try to get it done before the end of the year.