I have included in this list 2 books that my son and I read together as part of his summer reading requirements for middle school. He had to read 3 books. One was required for all of 7th graders, Hatchet, and 2 others of his choice so long as one was non-fiction and one was fiction. He read the non-fiction book on his own so it is not listed.
In order from top left to bottom right:
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. This was in my wheelhouse. Both my son and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have come to love survival and adventure stories and this fit that category nicely. It touches on more than one of my worst fears. I am pleasantly surprised that our middle school chose this book for the children to read. If you are a fan of Wild, A walk in the Woods or Into Thin Air, this is a quick read and perfect for you at any age.
Odd & The Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman. I picked this book for my son to read because I absolutely loved The Graveyard Book and Coraline, as did my son. Neil is the Tim Burton of writers. We loved this book as well. It was a super quick read and we both appreciated the Marvel comics references.
Us Against You by Fredrik Backman. Ok, Ok, I know I am always raving about Backman books but this does it. I have to admit I am a fan girl now. I just have loved every one of his books. Beartown tore my heart out and this follow up stomped it into the ground. I haven't had a book hangover in a long time. I felt empty when I was done. All my emotions were spent. In this era of #metoo I feel like this should be required high school reading material. Backman creates rich characters full of conflict and humor and are totally relatable. If you haven't read any of his books you need to now!
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen. This is not my normal genre. It showed up on so many must read lists and kept getting compared to Gone Girl and the Girl on a Train. I figured I would give it a shot. It fell flat. I found myself unable to relate to the main character and honestly, she made me mad. I just wanted to smack her. It did have a twist but it did not live up to the hype. Shallow reading.
The Girl in the Spider's Web and The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye both by David Lagercrantz. These books follow Stieg Larson's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, which I was excited to learn about. I loved those books (and the Swedish Movies...and US version). I really loved The Girls In the Spider's Web but felt like the other had too many characters to follow and not enough action. Either way if you liked GWTDT, I would recommend reading these as well.
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