I haven't posted what I have been reading in a while. I am kind of all over the map. I tried to read 2 self help books and abandoned them. I just couldn't get through them and I am not even going to mention which ones they were.
Doll Bones By Holly Black was a quick fun read. It is aimed and a younger crowd and as you can tell, many of these books are aimed at middle school aged kids. That is because I have one and he has recently become really into Stranger Things and IT. I was trying to find something with that kind of feel for him that wasn't Goosebumps. This book has just the right amount of creepy and adventure. I highly recommend it for a 10-12 year old.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, I am embarrassed to admit, I have not read until now. Actually these are all audio books I downloaded from my library app "Overdrive" to listen to in the car with my son. Apparently it is a very long wait for book 3 so we listened to 1,2 and 4. This has become our go to ritual in the car. The narrator is spot on and as is true with all books, they are much better than the movies. The first 2 follow the movies almost to a T but The Goblet of Fire is 100 times better than the movie. I now get why everyone loves these books so much. They are engrossing.
Beartown By Fredrik Backman is outstanding. It was a little tough to get into at first. So much hockey back story in the beginning, but as you go along you find out it was needed to shape the whole feeling behind the book. Backman has become my favorite fiction writer, hands down. This was more heavy than A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She is Sorry but so unique and flowing, as are all his books. The best I have read this year.
I had read the Maze Runner series a while ago, way before they were movies, which were disappointing. My son showed an interest in the story so that prompted me to finally finish up the series by reading the prequels, The Kill Order and The Fever Code. If you love the series, these are a great insight into how it all started. It will make you thoroughly hate Teresa if you do not already. I have to stop reading dystopian novels. I see too much potential for life to imitate art.
Lastly Annie Spences Dear Fahrenheit 451 was so completely out of my normal reading style. I loved her break up and love letters to books old and new. It has made me want to read, and not read, so many more books.
Currently I am finishing up American Heiress about the Patty Hearst Kidnapping. I am more than halfway through so I am not ready to give an opinion yet.
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